This hashtag is important to me, most obviously, because I am a woman. #YesAllWomen is a hashtag that stands against misogyny and violence against women. It gives women a voice to share their own experiences of feeling discriminated and harassed by men. #YesAllWomen more directly acknowledges that although not all men commit this harassment, all women experience it at some point in their lives.
Many of these tweets were written by female users and used to share their personal stories of daily harassment. A tweet written by Brian Joseph acknowledges that although he may not be a victim of these issues, he still finds it important to notice the women in his neighborhood who get harassed while he doesn’t. On the other side of the argument, there are Twitter users such as Barney Franken and Jodie Mae. Franken sheds light on the fact that not many people tweet on behalf of the good men out there, while Mae shows her support for men as a female on International Men’s Day.
I don’t believe in bashing men, but I do believe it’s important to raise awareness about sexism and the detrimental effects it has on today’s women. This campaign is not about choosing sides. It’s about showing support for females who feel harassed, and finding a way to elicit change in our community.
#YesAllWomen because "I told a man to stop staring at me & getting close FOUR times, & he didn't react until another MAN told him to stop"
— #YesAllWomen (@yesallwomen) November 21, 2015
— Jodie Mae (@PlnkRlbbonScars) November 19, 2015
— Ella Vader (@Ella_Ella_eh) November 23, 2015
Only walked one mile so far today and already five instances of street harassment. It's 9:30 am for the love of Pete! #YesAllWomen
— Taura Slade (@taura_slade) November 15, 2015
— Brian Joseph (@BrBabblingBooks) November 14, 2015
Casual sexual harassment from a customer. Just another day at the office. #YesAllWomen
— A. Lawrence (@leighish) November 14, 2015
— Cait Jabusch (@Muddycait) November 13, 2015
To my brothers who know how to respect women, talk to the men who still don't & tell them we deserve better. I'm tired of this. #YesAllWomen
— Lauren Maxwell (@laurencita22) November 18, 2015
— Barney Franken (@BarneyFranken) November 14, 2015
— Kalpak (@TheRealKalpak) November 12, 2015