The background: After the horrific tragedy of the shootings at UCSB on May 23, the Internet responded with the hashtag #YesAllWomen, to start a conversation around the fact that while not all men commit acts of violence, all women are afraid, and rightfully so, of gender-based violence. Many people participating in these conversations seemed to point to the UCSB shootings as an isolated incident, the work of a mad man who had nothing to do with reality.
But the reality for many is that women denying sexual advances to both men they know and don’t know is often fraught with violent results. Writer Kate Harding started posting links on her Facebook page of news articles of these incidents, to show that they are, unfortunately, not isolated. Deanna Zandt, co-founder of Lux Digital in NYC, then created this Tumblr blog on Monday May 27 2014 to collect them, and more from the community. That night, Lainna Fader, Kate Tull, Kathryn Peters and Shauna Gordon-McKeon all joined in the action to administer the blog, help come up with standards for posts, strategize and optimize, and generally kick ass as a team with Deanna.
We’re collecting stories of violence inflicted on women who reject sexual advances, specifically links and photos from published news stories. Right now, we’re not publishing personal stories, for a variety of reasons, but know that we hugely value the power of your story, and may change this up in the future. The personal is political, y’all.