This weekend, Kimye got married somewhere in Italy… and no one seemed to care. Maybe because we were all too invested in the tragedy at Isla Vista, California. Gunman Elliot Rodgers massacred six people before committing suicide, following a series of disturbing videos and posts that expressed nothing more than racism and misogyny.
The privileged and entitled asshole blamed women for his woes. A virgin, Elliot claimed that women were not interested in him, despite his obvious charm and gentlemanly tendencies. Clearly, he’s quite a catch.
His hatred … his vitriol … his misogyny fueled a tremendous response on social media, with the hashtag #YesALLWomen trending on Twitter, and a coalescence of women tweeting their experiences of assault and harassment. The responses were emotional, raw, and honest. In those moments, women were not ashamed to espouse their insights to an anonymous audience of survivors, mothers, sisters, daughters, neighbors, and friends.
This weekend, we saw, once again, how powerful a tool social media can be when everyone takes the time to interact effectively without fear of judgment or retribution.
The beauty of humanity was revealed with every tweet. We did not let the media disregard the obvious misogyny underlying Elliot’s actions. We did not let “experts” delve into empty notions about mental illness or gun control. Instead, we focused the attention on absolute truth that when privilege and entitlement meets rape culture, slut shaming, and domestic violence, the results can be more than devastating.
This weekend, we taught society a lesson; that we are more educated, aware, and vocal about the harms women face just by nature of being women. We held a powerful dialogue that was more potent, honest, and necessary than a celebrity sideshow.