Dating abuse billboards
As if "I don't want to spend another second of my life watching a naked woman be brutalized" isn't a good enough reason to change the channel.We are expected to watch and examine every possible genre of porn before forming a critique of the medium, as if the rare exception that isn't overtly misogynist cancels out the vast majority of pornography that degrades women and features verbal, physical, and/or sexual abuse.In every single case above (and, generally, every instance we point out misogyny in media), women are told, "It's just a fantasy, not real life.""There is no context in the ad, just a woman getting strangled," Mc Gowan wrote.But fans of the franchise defend the billboard on account of "context," saying Mc Gowan doesn't understand the characters or the plot., to the sexualized gore that is standard in horror films, to Internet pornography, which has normalized things like choking, slapping, and otherwise painful sexual acts, gendered violence has become so common, it's practically mundane.As such, it's no real surprise that, when actress Rose Mc Gowan spoke out about an according to slews of Twitter users coming to its defense, the franchise is equitable in that X-Men violence doesn't discriminate.Similarly, fans made an argument, familiar to anyone who has been critical of a film, television show, or franchise that is popular among youngish white dudes, along the lines of, "It's just a movie/not real" or "Clearly you haven't seen the movie/read the X-Men comic books, so you don't 'get it.'"The idea that one must be a fan of something or fully immersed in the culture in order to be critical of the thing is not new.Feminists who criticized the sexualized violence of BDSM when for not wanting to watch a show that used breasts as wallpaper and that was rife with sexual assault were told they had to watch the show and read the books in order to even have the right to an opinion.
Matters of "plot" or further details about the characters have nothing to do with the reason imagery like this is upsetting for women.
It functions as yet another reminder that the male perpetrator can kill you if he likes, that you are weaker than him, that, as the billboard reads, "Only the strong will survive." In the United States three women are killed every day by a current or ex (male) partner.
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women, and men who choke their partners are ten times more likely to eventually kill them.
A survey of adolescent and college students revealed that date rape accounted for 67% of sexual assaults and 60% of rapes take place in the victim's home or in that of a friend or relative.
Dating violence seems to decrease once young adults move beyond being a teenager.