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#YesAllWomen: Twitter Responds to Isla Vista Shooting Tragedy

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Students gather near a make-shift memorial at the Isla Vista Deli Mart where one of the victims of the deadly shooting rampage was killed at the University of California at Santa Barbara college town of Isla Vista, California, 24 May 2014. MICHAEL NELSON / EPA

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A crazed rampage Friday night in Isla Vista, California, left seven dead, including the suspect, and emerging details show that 22-year-old gunman Elliot Rodger had bitter, angry feelings toward women.

A series of YouTube videos and online forum posts demonstrate Rodger's frustration over being repeatedly romantically rejected and his disturbing views of women in general.

“Women’s rejection of me is a declaration of war, and if it’s war they want, then war they shall have," Rodger wrote in a novel-length manifesto left behind.

But Rodger's comments stirred a powerful response from women on Twitter, who used the hashtag #YesAllWomen to share stories about how sexism and misogyny have affected their own lives.

The hashtag also resonated with many men, who expressed that the tweets were eye opening and an important read.

— Jillian Sederholm

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