Twitter users continued to rally around the #YesAllWomen hashtag Tuesday, the fourth day of them sharing their personal experiences of harassment, rape and entitlement in response to Friday's shooting rampage in Isla Vista, California.
It all started when news outlets reported that gunman Elliot Rodger vowed in a chilling video posted on social media -- titled "Retribution" -- that he would "punish" girls who rejected him and looked down on him.
"I don't know why you girls aren't attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it," Rodger said in the video.
Many outlets have credited Twitter user @gildedspine with creating #YesAllWomen after reportedly tweeting on Saturday that, "I’m going to be tweeting under the #YesAllWomen hashtag. Let’s discuss what 'not all men' might do but woman must fear" (this account has since been set to private, and its bio changed to say, "I have locked my account for a reason. I do not want any more media attention or credit. Thank you.").
The result of @gildedspine's tweet was an influx of stories detailing personal experiences with misogyny that butt up against the cries of the "Not All Men" argument, which Time describes as "the antifeminist antihero for our times."
While the exact origins of the "Not All Men" argument, which has been around for years, are unknown, the chant picked up steam earlier this year, according to Time. The basic defense acknowledges that yes, while women's "issues" are real, not all men are guilty of causing them ("not all men rape," "not all men abuse," "not all men objectify women," etc.).
The #YesAllWomen hashtag answers that defense, saying that while not all men may be guilty of XYZ, yes, all women have to deal with certain issues and here they are. The hashtag spread quickly across the United States on Saturday, as detailed by this CartoDB map. The first geotagged tweet came from the northeastern United States and others rapidly popped up around the country right after. Before the end of the day, the hashtag had jumped the pond and by Sunday, it was being tweeted around the world:
The responses to the hashtag were often hateful.
Celebrities have been been openly supporting the hashtag.
And it wasn't only women using it -- many men spoke up as well.
How do you feel about the #YesAllWomen hashtag?