Media Violence Against Women
In the United States, as well as throughout the majority of the world, people are bombarded with information on a daily basis. The majority of the information that it seen or heard is a direct result of someone aiming the information at the masses. Whether it is a company that would like us to buy it's product, or a newspaper that would have us believe a certain "fact" that they are reporting, someone has decided how the information will be presented. This notion brings me to the issue of how our society perpetuates violence against women through the use of the media and television shows. I would argue that, because we are socialized on a daily basis to believe certain ideas, this same process contributes to the violence aimed toward women. This encompasses the concept that impressionable young men may remain unaware of the impact of this violence by the omission of certain facts from news articles. It is also important to see how the media contributes to the way in which the abused women see their role in the "creation" of this violence. Furthermore, I would reason that these media outlets create a certain type of apathy in our society that has caused many people to either blame the victim, or just turn their heads and consider domestic violence a "family" problem, thus ignoring the legal ramifications altogether. This area must be understood in order to determine how the distortion of the ideas that are being expressed, through the use of television and magazines, are directly related to the societal values being represented.
The first issue that I would like to analyze is how we as a society encourage violence against women. Images flow into our homes everyday that promote violence. In many ways, this violence is very general and not aimed at a particular group of people. Yet,
often it is aimed toward a particular group of people, mainly women. It is primarily how these images are presented that leads me to believe that they are contributing to a larger problem.
One example of this problem is the recent broadcasting of crimes within schools. In her article, Collective Silence for Collective Violence in Feminista.com, Dorothy Lemmey questions the gender neutral terminology that is used when news agencies report these incidences. "In Kentucky, a 14 year old drew a gun and killed 3 'students'...all the dead are female, killed by boys." She examines the idea that we are much more apt to blame the "obvious" problems such as " 'the breakdown of family values', gun control, pervasive violence, adolescent hormones....and even a lack of bonding at infancy." However, when this story was reported there was no mention of the sex of any of the victims or how the victims knew their killers. She goes on to point out that it is more likely that violence toward women will not change while we are still in a mind frame of denial. This article made a very good point. How...