Re: [evol-psych] Violence Against Women In The Spotlight On Super Bowl Sunday
- Christina Hoff Sommers Superbowl DVHow is that possible? It is possible because false claims about male domestic violence are ubiquitous and immune to refutation. During the era of the infamous Super Bowl Hoax, it was widely believed that on Super Bowl Sundays, violence against women increases 40%. Journalists began to refer to the game as the "abuse bowl" and quoted experts who explained how male viewers, intoxicated and pumped up with testosterone, could "explode like mad linemen." During the 1993 Super Bowl, NBC ran a public service announcement warning men they would go to jail for attacking their wives.In this roiling sea of media credulity, one lone journalist, Washington Post reporter Ken Ringle, checked the facts. As it turned out, there was no source: An activist had misunderstood something she read, jumped to her sensational conclusion, announced it at a news conference and an urban myth was born. Despite occasional efforts to prove the story true, no one has ever managed to link the Super Bowl to domestic battery.World Cup abuse?Yet the story has proved too politically convenient to kill off altogether. Last summer, it came back to life on a different continent and with a new accent. During the 2010 World Cup, British newspapers carried stories with headlines such as "Women's World Cup Abuse Nightmare" and informed women that the games could uncover "for the first time, a darker side to their partner." Fortunately, a BBC program called Law in Action took the unusual route pioneered by Ringle: The news people actually checked the facts. Their conclusion: a stunt based on cherry-picked figures.But when the BBC journalists presented the deputy chief constable, Carmel Napier, from the town of Gwent with evidence that the World Cup abuse campaign was based on twisted statistics, she replied: "If it has saved lives, then it is worth it."Brad"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."-- George Orwell
From: Julienne <julienne@...>
Sent: Monday, February 4, 2013 10:24 AM
Subject: [evol-psych] Violence Against Women In The Spotlight On Super Bowl Sunday
Violence Against Women In The Spotlight On Super Bowl Sunday
February 3rd, 2013 8:44 am Jason Sattler
It turns out that it’s a myth that more women are
victims of domestic violence on Super Bowl Sunday
than any other day of the year. But it is true
that this is the first Super Bowl Sunday since
1994 that the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has not been in effect.
Last year, after a bipartisan, filibuster-proof
majority approved the revised VAWA in the Senate,
House Republicans refused to even vote on the
bill because it protected too many women —
including undocumented workers, LGBT women and
Native Americans. Protections have been expanded
as the bill was reauthorized in the past. Native
American women, for instance, are 2.5 times more
likely to be victims of sexual assault than any other group.
The legacy of the bill is so strong that many of
its statutes — including the Rape Shield Law,
which protects the identity of sexual assault
victims — are still being enforced. But if
Congress does not appropriate funding in the
continuing resolution that needs to be passed by
March 27, domestic violence shelters and the
National Domestic Abuse Hotline will be shuttered.
Democrats in the Senate now have 60 votes to pass
the bill again to send it to the House, where it
once more faces an uncertain future. “For nearly
20 years, the programs supported by VAWA have
been a lifeline to so many,” Senate Judiciary
Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said in a
statement. ”They deserve swift action in Congress.”
VAWA was passed with near-unanimous majorities in
2000 and 2010 because the effectiveness of the
law has been astonishing. “From 1994 to 2010, the
overall rate of intimate partner violence in the
United States declined by 64 percent, from 9.8
victimizations per 1,000 persons age 12 or older
to 3.6 per 1,000,” reports Shannan M. Catalano of
the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Some, including anti-feminist icon Phyllis
Schlafly, argue that the law should be made
gender-neutral, which negates the reality that 4
out of 5 victims of intimate partner violence are
women. Focusing on protecting women has helped
lower the instances of partner violence for both genders by 60 percent.
The myth that Super Bowl Sunday is an
extraordinarily dangerous day for women was
fostered to draw attention to domestic violence.
But this Sunday is just another day when more
there will be 24 instances of intimate partner
violence every minute and three women will die at the hands of a partner.
And the Super Bowl game itself results in massive
human trafficking of women forced to serve as sex
slaves. “It’s commonly known as the single
largest human trafficking incident in the United
States,” said Texas attorney general Greg Abbott,
in 2011. Tens of thousands of women are brought
to area near where the big game is held and made
to have sex with 25 to 50 men a day.
This happens every year.
What makes this Sunday exceptional is that it’s
the first one in decades that a law that did so
much to prevent this needless violence is no longer there to protect them.
Few people are capable of expressing with
equanimity opinions which differ from the
prejudices of their social environment. Most
people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
-- Albert Einstein