By Heather Sieve
While playing a pick-up game of volleyball the other night, I experienced a rude awakening: A friend of mine —who typically has a mild, friendly disposition — casually shouted, “Backhand that bitch!” after a team member spiked the ball with the back of his hand. I froze. “Did that really just happen?” I thought to myself. “Could someone drop such a sexually violent phrase without any apparent implications?” After the initial shock of the incident wore off, I realized just how influential those words were.
Come to tonight’s Domestic Violence in the Media workshop, at which we’ll discuss how the media’s depiction of domestic violence often distorts people’s understanding of the issue and how it happens in real life.
Among other music videos, advertisements and television shows, we’ll discuss this music video for P!nk’s “Please Don’t Leave Me” and what misconceptions surrounding domestic violence is perpetuates.
What: Domestic Violence in the Media workshop
Where: Vilas 4008
When: TONIGHT, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m.
Questions? Email email@example.com or visit PAVE’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month event on Facebook.
How we interpret social phenomena often depends on how we see them depicted in the media. Whether understood through television, cinema, music or advertisements, much of what we believe is influenced by the messages we consume.
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