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30 May, 2014

#YesAllWomen misogyny hashtag hits million uses


The Twitter hashtag #YesAllWomen is used over a million times as a response to the Isla Vista massacre to highlight misogyny in society. The tag originated on May 24 in a Twitter conversation involving writer Annie Cardi (@anniecardi) and another woman who has since changed her account to private to protect her identity. Rachel Sklar, founder of THEli.st, says to CNN:

There was a familiarity in that language that really hit home for a lot of women who live with this implicit threat of danger all the time. There is just an extra layer of danger implicit in being a woman that this really taps into.

Daily Beast writer Olivia Nuzzi also tells CNN the issue is not about misandry, the hatred of men:

A lot of men feel like it is wrong to paint with a broad brush, and they don’t want to be associated with this lunatic who did this mass killing. But this is a big issue. This boy was a product of this culture. And I think to talk about the culture is not misandry, it’s not wrong and we do need to talk about it. If we want to know how to end this kind of violence we need to address the culture that created this kind of violence.

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