Monday, February 6, 2012

Super Bowl cartoon domestic violence is OK, so long as it's female-on-male

I am anything but an expert on domestic violence, but I've seen plenty of credible studies telling us that men are victims of domestic violence in significant numbers. 

This Super Bowl ad features some cartoon-ish domestic violence against a man. How should we react? 

I'm one of these people that thinks cartoon violence is cartoon violence. The Three Stooges hurt each other constantly. Sometimes they even slapped women. None of it turned us kids who watched it into domestic abusers.

Now, that view wasn't shared by women's groups when, two years ago, a Super Bowl ad featured cartoon-ish violence against a woman (Tim Tebow, no less, "tackled" his mom!). How did "women's" groups react to that?  Can't you guess? See here. In addition, NOW's chief condemned it: “I am blown away at the celebration of the violence against women in [the ad]. . . . .I myself am a survivor of domestic violence, and I don’t find it charming. I think CBS should be ashamed of itself.” See here.

My guess is that most women didn't find that ad in the lease offensive. Just as most men didn't find this ad in the lease offensive.  It's probably prudent not to have conniption over either one. We have enough instances of realistic gratuituous violence in the mass media against both men and women that we shouldn't waste our time on cartoon violence.