Monday, March 9, 2009

She provoked him?!

Newsweek has a good review of the myths about relationship violence that are reinforced in the press about Chris Brown's attacks on Rihanna. The article argues systematically against several prominent ways that observers have tried to blame Rihanna or apologize for Brown. I think that it's particularly disturbing/interesting to read the comments section, where there's a lot of sympathy for Brown.

Of course, we've already seen this story here on EW, but I don't think you can overstate how destructive misconceptions of relationship violence are. If you look at the comments that have been left on this article, it seems that because a relationship is an experience that many share, relationship violence can become a stand-in for gender relations in general. That is, we take our frustrations with gender out in an accusatory free-for-all, especially when it comes in the form of celebrity scandal, that is really unfair to survivors of relationship violence. I think that this article is a great way to reveal some of the ways that we don't speak correctly about relationship violence, and I think it's really important that we're talking about this.

Thanks to Aku for the tip!


At March 10, 2009 at 3:43 PM , Blogger Roscoe said...

Ugh, what a bunch of assholes on the comment section. I'm glad there are some people that are at least defending the feminist position. I swear, there are too many people that just don't get that physical violence cannot be deserved. A breakup, fine. Public ridicule, cruel, but hey, she deserved it for what she did. Getting all her shit thrown out of his whatever story penthouse, awesome, hilarious. Getting even shoved or slapped....seriously, what the fuck? What ever happened to the "you're right to throw your fist at me ends where my nose begins" thing?

At March 10, 2009 at 4:16 PM , Blogger Roscoe said...

btw, just in case it isn't clear, i meant EVEN shoved or slapped, let alone all the other shit that he did to her.

And no, I wouldn't call that being anti-man (cause where the fuck is it written that men can be violent even once?), it's being anti-asshole, anti-sociopath, anti-violence


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