The violence that erupted at the hands of an angry, entitled individual in California last week is disturbing. We cannot know what caused him to act this way, but the Twitter response #YesAllWomen has been both heartbreaking and important, as it sheds light on the prevalent mentality that men have a right to women's bodies.
And, so I bring you my hash tag here, to the blog, because it was simply too much to choose from before posting to Twitter.
#YesAllWomen because I can name four close friends who were raped, and none of the rapists were held accountable.
#YesAllWomen because in the workplace, a women who is aggressive and business-like is called a b*tch, while her male counterpart is called a leader.
#YesAllWomen because you can be called "too sensitive" for calling out sexual harassment in the workplace and find yourself out of work, while the offender gets promoted.
#YesAllWomen because in my church growing up, I was taught that women were responsible for men's lustful thoughts by not dressing modestly enough.
#YesAllWomen because in my church growing up, a female couldn't so much as read the announcements, since women couldn't have "authority" over men.
#YesAllWomen because it wasn't until I taught a self-defense class in college that I realized what my parents did to me was physical abuse.
#YesAllWomen because to this day, my father believes he is my "authority" because I am unmarried.
#YesAllWomen because birth control pills are a class one carcinogen, and we are fed them like candy by ignorant doctors.
#YesAllWomen because every boss I've ever had has been a white male.