Tweeting covered a range of issues including raising awareness about the suffering of the Palestinian people in Gaza (or the Israeli occupation of Palestine generally) or the Syrian people during the then on-going civil war and the Syrian refugee crisis, supporting the #YesAllWomen
Twitter hashtag and social media campaign wherein Arab women shared personal experiences of discrimination and harassment, tweeting about the education system in Kuwait while in high school, raising the profile of Rohingya suffering in Myanmar, or tweeting with great frequency about Islamophobia and sexism in the Middle East and ISIS' narrative and propaganda, its hijacking and violent cooption of the parameters of Islamic resistance against state hegemonic violence.
But this decade's wave of feminist anger had been building for several years before that--from the May 2014 #YesAllWomen Twitter hashtag, created to express women's vulnerability to male violence after woman hater Elliot Rodger went on a shooting and stabbing rampage in California, to the November 2016 election, in which the expected victory of America's first woman president was ignominiously thwarted by a man who casually discussed grabbing women's genitals.
Chemaly, the creator of that #YesAllWomen hashtag, sets out to count the ways sexist oppression continues, in her view, to permeate the lives of women and girls in America.
Solnit's "confident embrace of middle ground" allows her to cross genres and fields of study; her "oblique approach to Big Ideas" allows her to grant equal respect to the speeches of Audre Lorde and 140-character #YesAllWomen
Sociology, media studies, education, and other scholars from the US address the influence of mass media on activist recruitment, including the power of story and the relevance of family, friends, and school for youth mobilization; discursive activism and the implications of online participation and identity, including the #YesAllWomen
hashtag and its interaction with media and blogs, and the civic identities of youth online; and organizational dynamics in the digital age, with discussion of youth nonprofits, the relevance of leadership in the anti-genetically modified organisms movement, and the use of media tools and participant inclusion in youth-oriented organizations and factors influencing organizational beliefs about effectiveness.
For instance, Hester Baer (2016) studied the global movement of the #YesAllWomen
and the personal testimonies of women victims of sexism.
Other social media campaigns include #YesAllWomen
and #EverydaySexism, both of which are run predominantly by women aiming to educate men about sexism and harassment.
But Robert Hernandez, a digital journalism professor at the University of Southern California, said"there is still something wonderful" about watching a community come together in real time"only because of a hashtag." Hernandez pointed to #yesallwomen
, which allowed hundreds of thousands of strangers to discuss violence against women and reveal their anger and horror about abuse and sexism.
Thrift SC (2014) #YesAllWomen
as feminist meme event.
#yesallchildren #yesalldaughters #blacklivesmatter #earthabides
You can follow their moving testimonies using the hashtag #yesallwomen
Twitter was in an uproar about the Santa Barbara incident and women were sharing their thoughts on misogyny with the hashtag #YesAllWomen
. This topic hits home with many women and author Kathy Holmes shares her experience through her fictional character, Nikki Durrance in her latest novel, Deja vu at the Blue Diamond Saloon.
Such sparked the #YesAllWomen
Twitter campaign, a million messages on how we ignore everything from catcalls to potential abuse from rejecting advances.
Shortly after the incident of Isla Vista killing in Santa Barbara, California, the hashtag #YesAllWomen
was born on Twitter.