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The Santa Barbara Massacre & Viral Response to Misogynist Violence

Santa Barbara is grieving after a 22-year-old man killed six college students just after posting a misogynistic video online vowing to take his revenge on women for sexually rejecting him. The massacre prompted an unprecedented reaction online with tens of thousands of women joining together to tell their stories of sexual violence, harassment and intimidation. By Sunday, the hashtag #YesAllWomen had gone viral. In speaking out, women were placing the shooting inside a broader context of misogynist violence that often goes ignored. In her new book, “Men Explain Things to Me,” author and historian Rebecca Solnit tackles this issue and many others. “We have an abundance of rape and violence against women in this country and on this Earth, though it’s almost never treated as a civil rights or human rights issue, or a crisis, or even a pattern,” Solnit says. “Violence doesn’t have a race, a class, a religion, or a nationality, but it does have a gender.”

1 comment

  1. Fazikhan Jadoon June 1, 2014 12:18 am 

    This woman is totally wrong. I am a Muslim and I know this would not have happened if everyone followed the teachings of our prophet (PBUH). Women must be subservient to men. They must obey their husbands and fathers. If you are against these truths you are an Islamophobe! You are responsible for what happened to Elliot!

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