Elliot Rodger is seen in a self-recorded YouTube video titled "Why do girls hate me so much?"
Friday's killings were caused by women.
That's what 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, who killed six people then himself in a California neighborhood on Friday night, claimed in an online video.
In the seven-minute rant, posted less than a day before his rampage began, Rodger said he was a virgin and would take revenge against women, who "have never been attracted to me." He went on to say, "If I can’t have you girls, I will destroy you." During the spree, he tried to gain access to a sorority house and shot to death two women standing nearby.
In response, a female Twitter user created the hashtag #YesAllWomen for women to express their common experiences with misogyny, frustrations with entitlement and their fears about men.
Guys, I'm going to be tweeting under the #YesAllWomen hashtag. Let's discuss what "not all men" might do, but women must fear.
Started reading the #YesAllWomen tweets b/c I've got a daughter, but now I see I should be reading them b/c I've got two sons. — Albert W Dubreuil (@awdubreuil) May 25, 2014
The takeaway message:
Some takeaways from #YesAllWomen for men: Listen. Give space. We are not playing hard to get. We are afraid. Be mindful. We owe you nothing. — Katherine Locke (@Bibliogato) May 25, 2014
The Southern Poverty Law Center reported that Rodger frequented an online forum known for misogyny, and talked about women as objects he could not obtain. An attorney for Rodger's parents told ABC News that they had contacted police after seeing Rodger's videos on YouTube, and that their son had been in therapy.