TORONTO – Both women and men are reacting on Twitter to Elliot Rodger’s YouTube videos and written manifesto he left behind after carrying out a deadly rampage in Santa Barbara, California on Friday.
Rodger, who killed six people before killing himself, posted a series of videos preaching “retribution,” among other things, for a lifetime of social and sexual isolation.
In rambling writings he titled “My Twisted World,” Rodger detailed his plan to kill his roommates and then invade a sorority, which he concluded symbolized the world that tortured him – beautiful women who would have spurned him in favour of the “obnoxious slobs” whom he also despised.
“You girls have never been attracted to me. I don’t know why you girls are not attracted to me,” Rodger said in his final YouTube video. “But I’ll punish you all for it.”
Rodger continues to rant about how he is the “perfect guy” and “supreme gentleman,” and how he doesn’t understand why girls go for “all these obnoxious men.”
“I will punish all of you for it,” Rodger repeated.
Over the weekend hashtag #YesAllWomen began to trend worldwide as people reacted to Rodger’s tirade.
– With files from Associated Press
I shouldn’t have to hold my car keys in hand like a weapon & check over my shoulder every few seconds when I walk at night #YesAllWomen
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) May 25, 2014
Very proud of most of my male twitter friends who understand that #yesallwomen is not a women vs. men but a good vs. evil movement.
— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) May 25, 2014
Because women are forced to monitor the way they dress, act, and exist so the male attention they receive doesn’t turn violent. #YesAllWomen
— Elizabeth May (@_ElizabethMay) May 25, 2014
If I’m losing followers because I retweeted some #YesAllWomen posts, then good riddance.
— Veronica Belmont (@Veronica) May 25, 2014
If, as a man, you’re offended by #YesAllWomen ,you might have bigger problems than a hashtag.
— J Robertson (@A_robots_sun) May 26, 2014
Because we teach little girls that the reason why Johnny was mean to you is “because he likes you.” #YesAllWomen
— Rev. J.F. Crawford (@TheMissionalist) May 25, 2014
Because we tell women they’re “stuck up” when they avoid that “nice guy” who seems like a misogynist psychopath. #YesAllWomen
— Mary Beth Williams (@embeedub) May 26, 2014
Cuz my dad taught me to treat them with respect #yesallwomen
— Tom Brennan (@Brennanator) May 26, 2014
Because I’m told to expect that men can’t control themselves rather than them being told that they have no right to my body #YesAllWomen
— EJG (@eleanorria) May 26, 2014
#YesAllWomen have heard “boys will be boys” as an excuse for all kinds of inappropriate, even illegal, behavior and they get away with it.
— Danielle Elizabeth (@DanielleEliza_) May 25, 2014
Because if a boy's pants are low enough to show his boxers it's okay, but if girl's shorts are above fingertips it not. #YesAllWomen
— (@50ShadesONeigh) May 26, 2014
#YesAllWomen because in schools, girls are asked to dress so they won't "distract" boys, instead of asking boys to be mature
— Bree ∞ (@thedressagelife) May 26, 2014
#YesAllWomen Because a rape whistle and pepper spray shouldn't be on the list of "things every college girl needs"
— Tiffany Gonzales (@TAG349) May 26, 2014