#ViolenceIsViolence Downplays The Gendered-Nature Of Violence

Prompted by concerns that female victims of domestic violence are getting too much attention, the Mankind Initiative have sought to rectify the problem with a ‘you think that’s bad, what about me’ video.

The first scene of the video, which has been viewed by 8 million people, depicts a man physically and verbally assaulting a woman in a street.

Some bystanders look on in horror while others rush to the woman’s defense, threatening to call the police and telling her that she doesn’t need to put up with that abuse.

This is followed by essentially the same scene except that the roles are reversed. The woman assaults the man, who tries in vain to reason with her. Unlike the first scene, bystanders don’t intervene and are instead shown to be smirking or even laughing.

It’s supposed to prove that female victims of domestic violence receive sympathy and protection while male victims are scorned and humiliated.

The video concludes with the surprising statistic that 40 per cent of domestic violence victims in the United Kingdom are men — I’ll get back to that figure in a moment — and the handy hashtag that #ViolenceIsViolence.

#ViolenceIsViolence has since taken off, and has been used in response to the elevator attack on Jay Z by Solange and revelations that model Kelly Brook hit her boyfriends. From this, we’re supposed to conclude that violence against men is the same as violence against women, except one is taken seriously and the other isn’t.

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