May 26th, 2014
11:49 AM ET

#YesAllWomen Drives Conversation Around Gender Violence, Objectification

More details are emerging about the 22-year-old shooter behind the deadly rampage in California, including a 107,000-word "story" promising revenge on those who rejected him.

In his manifesto, he said:

"All of those beautiful girls I've desired so much in my life, but can never have because they despise and loathe me, I will destroy."

Social media users are responding en masse to the crime with the hashtag #YesAllWomen, sharing examples of misogyny, objectification and violence from their own lives.

On "New Day" Monday, psychotherapist Robi Ludwig and political reporter Laura Bassett joined the conversation.

Ludwig said just talking about women's rights and abuse in a public space is helpful and moves the conversation forward.

Bassett thinks parents need to revise they way they educate their children about gender.

"We need to change the culture," she said. "Woman are always talking to their daughters about how to avoid getting raped and not so often talking to their sons about how not to rape."

Here's a sample of the conversation happening around #YesAllWomen:

This tweet from berry @detricotage on May 25 at 1pm, has been shared over 3,800 times.

berry tweet

Twitter user @Lollypodxo shared a quote from poet and activist Margaret Atwood.

twitter post 2

And @PatKinnane said "no man is entitled to any women or her body without her consent." 


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  1. Joe

    Let us remember that we are talking about the actions and opinions of a deranged murderer...and this warrants discussion about how men objectify women, so let's bring in the experts and try to wrangle this widespread problem...despite the countless devoted, compassionate and non violent brothers, sons, husbands, boyfriends, and fathers who managed to beat the odds by not mass murdering because women wouldn't give them the attention and pleasure they felt entitled? Logical concept analysis fail.

    June 1, 2014 at 9:49 am | Reply
  2. Guest

    For CNN to permit feminist gender bigots to use this terrible tragedy to feed their fascist propaganda racket is to insult the victims of the crime. 'Gender" (eg SEXed) violence goes both ways. WOMEN commit at least 40% of the most serious forms of Domestic Violence and happily objectify males as status objects but are never held accountable by the lame stream press. Nor are anti-feminist, free speech or MHRM messages permitted in CNN's cravenly biased coverage of all things sexed and/or gendered.

    May 26, 2014 at 3:14 pm | Reply

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