As a self confessed happy fluffy pixi-fairy type creature most of the time, I like to deal in fripperies, clothes and shoes and nail polish – oh my! Sometimes though, there are subjects that get my blood pumping, and the acid rise in my throat. As I type I have put a pretty makeup related post on ice to talk about human rights, women’s rights in fact, but also the rights of men not to be castigated as misogynists before first being given a say.
Let’s rewind. On the 23rd of this month, Elliot Rodger opened fire and killed 7 people, including himself. The details of this tragedy can be found on just about any news site, with updated about why Rodger did what he did, as if there could ever be a reason for mass slaughter. It has been said that, frustrated at still being a virgin, and being given the brush off by girls, Rodger took to the internet and expressed his hatred of the women who had rebuffed him, and his plans for revenge by opening fire in a sorority house, an event which sadly did come to pass.
Though a complete tragedy for everyone involved, I want to concentrate on the massive response to the shootings taking place right now on social media channels. This very moment men and women all over the globe are taking to twitter with the hashtag #YesAllWomen, describing the ways that many men denigrate females. The way that the law does not protect us, but even if it does in theory, the rancid truth is that the law is little protection for so many women in cases of rape, assault and abuse.
But the voice is not just that of our sisters, there is a loud male voice on twitter also, adding their opinions to this brave move by 1000’s of women to speak out. Some are gentle and kind, the men who should not be tarred with the same brush as the others who are perhaps proving the point the girls are trying to make by trolling the hashtag with rape jokes and justifications for what are atrocious acts.
As I am not in a position to share other peoples opinions, here are some of my personal tweets using the #YesAllWomen hashtag.
Because rape within marriage in the UK has been illegal since 1992 but is still almost impossible to prove and prosecute #YesAllWomen
Because the vehicle you drive and the job you have has nothing to do with your own mysoginy, man or woman #YesAllWomen
I strongly urge you all to get involved, or at least take to twitter and read about what’s going on. Stand up and be counted. Maybe some good can come out of this tragedy.