What started as a single tweet has exploded into a powerful social media campaign fighting misogyny.
Days after a 22-year-old man with a grudge against women went on a murderous rampage in Santa Barbara, California, the hashtag #YesAllWomen is still trending on Twitter.
The campaign's point is that while not all men are guilty of crimes to women, all women are affected by misogyny. All women have feared things men do, according to the Twitter user who launched the hashtag.
Countless men and women have joined in on the conversation:
Because we're taught "don't leave your drink alone" instead of "don't drug someone." #YesAllWomen— Phoenix Arn-Horn (@phoenixarnhorn) May 26, 2014
Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them - Magaret Atwood #yesallwomen— Selin Kara (@Selintifada) May 25, 2014
Because I shouldn't have had to send my daughters to college with pepper spray and a rape whistle. #YesAllWomen— Susan (@totalsuzmove) May 26, 2014
#YesAllWomen Because I make my teenage daughter take a taxi home after 10 PM, while her brother can ride the subway at any hour.— Deb Copaken Kogan (@dckogan) May 26, 2014
#yesallwomen because people question why women stay in abusive relationships rather than question why men are abusing women— Jamie (@jamiereyes_) May 26, 2014
#YesAllWomen because, as a man, I have never been harassed on the street, but my female friends are harassed on a daily basis.— Justin Dennis (@JustinDennis4) May 26, 2014
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
Because we are taught early on that if a boy is abusive towards you, it's just because he has a crush on you. #YesAllWomen— Tara Denise (@warontara) May 24, 2014
Because plenty of women are awkward virgins at 22 too, yet they rarely kill anyone over it. #YesAllWomen— Liz (@childfreediva) May 26, 2014
Because I shouldn't have to wonder how posting my experiences to #YesAllWomen will affect my job. And it will.— Amber Naslund (@AmberCadabra) May 25, 2014