A Lot Of Kids Find This Funny. You Might Find It Horrifying.
How could something so appalling become so ordinary, and worse, so comedic?
Hey you. Yes you, Internet person. We need to talk.
Do you enjoy TV shows like "Family Guy" or video games like "Grand Theft Auto"?
You're definitely not alone. Millions of people consume these media because they're fun and entertaining. But that entertainment comes at the expense of very real and very disturbing problems.
The kind of problems that, if you ever were a victim or knew a victim, would show these programs, games, and music videos to be horrifying, even triggering. Even if you don't know someone like that, the growing research base suggests that these media have an effect on you, Internet person. Here are some actual findings from a study in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence (emphasis my own):
this exploratory study found that a video game depicting sexual objectification of women and violence against women resulted in statistically significant increased rape myths acceptance (rape-supportive attitudes) for male study participants but not for female participants.
Experimental studies have clearly demonstrated that under well-controlled conditions, the observation of violent scenes observed in the media causes children to behave more aggressively. Static observational studies have demonstrated that the amount of violence television observed by a child is positively related to the child's current aggressivity . . . The data available from longitudinal studies provide additional support for the hypothesis that television violence viewing leads to the development of aggressive behavior.
At this point, you might be thinking, "Sure, that could be an issue, but TV, video games, and music videos aren't that bad anymore. They're not that graphic." Watch the following clips and get back to me on that.
TRIGGER WARNING: Scenes of violence against women.
What do you think after watching these? Give this a share if you think the message here is one more folks need to see.