Thursday, March 19, 2009

Quick hit: More on Rihanna

There's a very disturbing article in today's New York Times about teenage girls' reaction to the Rihanna/Chris Brown fiasco. Young women, apparently, are quick to defend Chris Brown, and quick to judge Rihanna, both for supposedly inciting the abuse against her, and then for going back to Brown. The NYT says that this is probably the first time that this generation has been made to think about dating violence (hopefully this isn't true), and the results are distressing.

"In a recent survey of 200 teenagers by the Boston Public Health Commission, 46 percent said Rihanna was responsible for what happened; 52 percent said both bore responsibility, despite knowing that Rihanna’s injuries required hospital treatment," the article reports.

The reactions have prompted Oprah to address the issue on her show, but for me, the most upsetting part was the description at the end of the article of the beginnings of relationship violence among adolescents.

"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 10 percent of teenagers report being hit or slapped by a boyfriend of girlfriend," the NYT reported. And Dr. Elizabeth Miller, an adolescent pediatrician at the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis, pointed out: "The numbers of girls who sustain serious injuries, and the sexual violence sustained against girls, is much higher than boys."

We've been discussing Rihanna and Chris Brown for a month, but clearly, this is a bigger issue than one celebrity couple.


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