Don’t expect a link. Don’t expect a picture. I won’t help to promote it. Look it up yourself, if you want to know what has my blood boiling right now. It’s there, sadly, on-line.
I’ve just seen an article on the news about a new web-site intended to discourage domestic violence called, unbelievably, “Hit the B*ch.”
It is an interactive on-line “game” developed in Denmark to discourage domestic violence by letting you whack a woman black-and-blue very graphically, on screen, as much as you want.
I had to check myself to be sure I wasn’t hallucinating. It seemed that insane. But sadly, it’s true, it’s real, and it is a disaster for women and men alike.
I am all in favor of a little shock value to get a message across, but there is a line, folks, and it has been crossed, tred-upon, and abused.
There is sufficient encouragement of aggression everyday in video games, music lyrics, literature, general ordinary everyday behavior. It does not need more encouragement: it needs to be DISCOURAGED. Consistently.
My first animal impulse would be to ask for an alternative reply-site called ‘Kick the B*stard in the Nuts,’ but that wouldn’t do any good, would it? It would be just as pointless and just as wrong.
We have to remember that promoting violence IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM is wrong. We should be trying to promote healthy interaction and mutual respect. Always. Always. Always. (I’ll say it one more time: Always.)
Whatever these poor misguided people were thinking, they should re-consider their strategy. Of course, perhaps they were hoping to build an uproar, as they have, but there are other, better, ways. Let’s learn to be responsible. Let’s learn to be human. Violence is an animal reaction to a human dilemma. It is never a reflection of our higher-self. It debases us. Every time a man beats a woman, he humiliates and hurts himself far more than he humiliates and hurts her. The same thing applies to child abuse. To any abuse for that matter.
We cannot build up by tearing down. We cannot rise by dragging ourselves in the mud. We cannot promote good with bad behavior.
It’s 2009, let’s just get over it. Let’s raise our hand only to volunteer, to give answers, to provide assistance. Let’s start being human and stop being ignorant beasts. Now.
Dr. Martin Luther King said it elegantly, and I paraphrase him here:
“Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love…Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate..a man [or woman], but to win his [her] friendship and understanding.” — 1958
Please notice that was fifty one years ago. More than two generations ago. For two generations we have gone far off track. Let’s get back on the right road again, for the good of us all.