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  • 26 May 2014, 16:50

#YesAllWomen: Twitter Reaction To Killing Spree

Twitter users are sharing their thoughts on misogyny in response to the California killing spree carried out by a gunman who expressed rage against women who he said had refused him.

The YesAllWomenhashtag started trending on Twitter shortly after Friday's rampage, which left seven people dead, including the 22-year-old killer Elliot Rodger.

In his disturbing manifesto and YouTube videos, Rodger had vented his rage at the women who he believed had spurned him.

A day before the attack, he posted a video online promising to slaughter "spoilt, stuck-up blonde" women who he said had rebuffed him.

His comments sparked a strong reaction on Twitter, with stories of violence against women and sexism being shared under the hashtag YesAllWomen.

Some told of how they do not feel safe, others lamented sexism in the workplace.

Many lashed out against a culture they said judged women for how they dress rather than what they think or say.

"#yesallwomen because I can't walk down the street without being harassed (stared at, cat called) every day, all day," wrote one user, @davisnevis.

"#YesAllWomen Because many think it's more important to teach their daughters safety than it is to teach their sons respect," said @emilyPuccio.

"#yesallwomen because we are taught from a very young age that to be truly happy we need a husband," wrote?@EmmaPerkinton.

"My body, my clothes, nor my dance moves grant any sort of permission. Unless I tell you 'Yes,' you must assume 'No.' #YesAllWomen," @CheltzzzMB said.

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