Stop promoting violence against women

16 Jun
This image accompanied the story of the gang rapes in Badaun, India. It was published today in the india.com.

This image accompanied the story of the gang rapes in Badaun, India. It was published today in the india.com.

Hello SK fans,

Never a day off, we tell you.

A few weeks ago we posted a rant on popular song lyrics that we deem overly offensive to women. On the way to work this morning, my pub heard the first few strands of this 1986 Guns N’ Roses air pollution before changing the station:

I used to love her

But I had to kill her

I used to love her, Mm, yeah

But I had to kill her

I had to put her six feet under

And I can still hear her complain.”

This violent song on the very commercial airwaves that brought news of three gang rapes and two murders in Badaun, India.

A refresher on the bad news. Late last month two sisters in Badaun, India, ages 14 and 16, were allegedly gang raped before being hung from a tree. It is all so sickeningly reminiscent of the Jim Crow South, just change out vulnerable young black men for vulnerable lower caste Indian girls. Who’s next?

Just this weekend, a 32-year-old woman was allegedly gang raped in the same community. Yes, Badaun, India needs a good damage control team, but more importantly, we need serious changes globally that prohibit violence against women.

A good start will be to stop allowing our public and commercial airwaves from broadcasting songs that promote the killing and mauling of women.

We would be appalled if we turned on the radio and heard songs encouraging elder abuse or child abuse. We should not remain silent in the name of misogyny.

Your thoughts? xo, LMA

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4 Responses to “Stop promoting violence against women”

  1. Carol Jamison June 16, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    So agree, Ms. Alcatt…these song lyrics are but one of the many areas of change needed. We need to stop accepting mistreatment of women, and the many forms of media, written, song, television, which show acceptance of mistreatment of women, or show women as being weak and unworthy.

  2. Robin June 16, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    I agree with you. Women are terribly abused by media of all sorts and kinds. Honestly, as I’ve grown up and matured I have found that there are a lot of things out there that I used to overlook that are a real stench to me now. Our culture has trained people – and especially men – to think of women as objects. Even when I’m in the grocery store check out line I always see at least one magazine cover with a woman scantily dressed and/or in a sexual sort of position with the word “sex” in large letters and bolded somewhere on that cover. The standard of beauty portrayed drives me nuts too. As much as I love to use Photoshop, it has made being “beautiful” in real life impossible.

    • Louisa May Alcatt June 18, 2014 at 7:53 am #

      Oh to be able to destroy all those obnoxious tabloid and magazine covers! But we disagree with one point, Robin. Being beautiful in real life is always possible and billions of us, including you, do it every day without having to rely on artificial beautifiers such as Photoshop, xo LMA

  3. Bruce Thiesen June 17, 2014 at 8:43 am #

    Who can deny?

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