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Followup to My Last Post

Posted by samatwitch on October 25, 2014

I have now watched the video referenced in my last post because several of my friends thought it worth posting so I thought I should see if they had a point.  I understand why they thought it was worth cheering but I don’t agree for a couple of reasons.  One is because I agree with The Belle Jar that it’s exploitive.  I wrote a rant for FB but I have a wide variety of ‘friends’ on there who don’t know me very well and I prefer it to remain that way, so I’m posting it here.

I agree with this author’s take on the video making the rounds. I hadn’t intended to watch it, given the title, but after I read The Belle Jar’s post yesterday, I thought I should before I commented. There are several things that disturb me about this video. The first one is the liberal use of the F word by young girls age 6 – 13. I admit I’m a prude when it comes to swearing. I was brought up not to even say damn or hell but I do and, although many of my friends wouldn’t know this, I have on occasion used the F word. However, that’s usually in times of great pain and/or distress.  After all, if you use it all the time, as an adjective, adverb, noun, verb, what are you going to use when you really need something to express your feelings or outrage!

In this instance, it loses its power very quickly because it’s used so much; on the other hand I guess it still has the shock value the ad is obviously looking for because it’s coming out of the mouths of young girls.

I could probably overlook that – after all I have seen/heard/posted some pretty powerful poems and posts that have used the word in a way that creates an impact.  What I really object to is the expoitation of these young girls, especially the last bit:  One in five women will be raped…which one of us will it be?  Really??? If you had a daughter that age, is that what you would like them to be saying or even thinking about?  I have great nieces that age and I can’t even imagine them being allowed to take part in a video like this.  Knowing their mothers/grandmothers/aunts/great aunts, I am quite sure they will grow up to be feminists and will learn the statistics but I don’t think this is the way.  As someone in the comments of one article said, if a bunch of young girls had gotten together and decided to make this video, then it would have been an entirely different take and I would have applauded their knowledge and initiative.

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