How NOT to Talk About Domestic Violence

For the most part, the national conversation about Rihanna’s abuse at the hands of Chris Brown does nothing but demonstrate how fucked we are about gender issues.


Tabloids and gossip sites regale readers with endless, voyeuristic reports of Rihanna's activities and whereabouts. Mainstream media shoot for a more sober tone to mask the sensationalism of much of their coverage -- but, they fail. Let’s not forget, it was the LA Times that first published Rihanna’s name, despite their general policy that the identities of domestic violence victims be kept confidential.

Meanwhile, male celebrities keep topping one another with mind-numbingly offensive, sexist inanities about the situation: (e.g. Kanye West: “Can’t we give Chris a break? ... I know I make mistakes in life.")

Over at incontempt comics, cartoonist Kevin Moore takes aim at the media’s handling of Rihanna’s abuse:

Our celebrity culture has magnified the callous, indifferent and misogynist attitudes people have toward violence against women — and were the tables turned, I doubt a male victim of abuse fare any better. I am glad Oprah and Robin Givens are trying to get some lemonade out of this situation. Hopefully it will do Rihanna some good — as well as the thousands (millions?) of obscure women in a similar situation.

Then, Moore posts this awesome comic:

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

Close
alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.