Is this concept unique to men? Probably not; there are undoubtedly women who feel this way, too. But the angry, painful and frustrated voices of #YesAllWomen detail the consequences of a slice of our culture that rewards sexual aggression. Women write about being catcalled, groped, dismissed, abused, assaulted and more, in heartbreaking repetition.
Certainly, “not all men” do these things. And bad things happen to men, too. But women who speak out against casual sexism, against attitudes like Rodger’s, however dilute, are not just playing the role of victim. They are seeking change.
Regardless of gender, Rodger’s extreme viewpoint shows how poisonous it is for anyone to feel that he or she is entitled to affection from someone else. If there is any silver lining to be found from this tragedy, it is the conversation, however uncomfortable, taking place about this now.