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To be bit fed up with the Disney Princess/Cartoon character depictions of domestic abuse?

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puds11isNAUGHTYnotNAICE Wed 26-Nov-14 12:47:35

They seem to be rife at the moment. Showing Disney princesses and cartoon charters like Madge Simpson with black eyes and a bloody nose. Although I get the message 'anyone can be a victim of domestic violence' they seem to be forgetting that in most cases, domestic violence isn't as obvious as a black eye.

AIBU to find this stereotyping of domestic violence irritating?

KingJoffreysBloodshotEye Wed 26-Nov-14 12:51:12

Grim, aren't they?

Yes, it's always a black eye.

Subtext: If you din't have physical wounds it's not abuse.

If they need to do this then they need to cover other kinds of abuse.

GahBuggerit Wed 26-Nov-14 12:53:12

I havent seen these but form what you describe I think YABU.

Its to get a message across, showing a woman with no marks at all wont have quite the same visual impact designed to leave a lasting image in the mind.

Regardless it will make people think. That cant be a bad thing surely?

Thumbwitch Wed 26-Nov-14 12:54:53

Cinderella was already a victim of domestic abuse, as was Snow White, Rapunzel and probably others - why bother trying to make it more "obvious"? Especially as, as you've said, it mostly isn't that visibly obvious.

puds11isNAUGHTYnotNAICE Wed 26-Nov-14 13:00:11

I just think the concept of being able to spot domestic violence as the victims will have facial bruising a dated concept.

InfinitySeven Wed 26-Nov-14 13:04:29

Marge Simpson was a good idea, I think. It reached a demographic that probably doesn't think about domestic violence that much.

I do agree with you that it usually isn't that obvious, although the charities would defend themselves by saying that seeing a much-loved character with a black eye is shocking, and grabs attention - and then people can be educated that the signs might not be so clear in real life. It is a very effective tactic, but it has it's flaws.

puds11isNAUGHTYnotNAICE Wed 26-Nov-14 13:06:32

I think it would have been better if they had incorporated ones without facial bruises/cuts but highlighted that they were still a victim of domestic abuse, you just couldn't see the marks.

CorporateRockWhore Wed 26-Nov-14 13:11:47

Well, but as a visual piece of content, it's surely the most arresting and direct route to getting noticed?

SaucyJack Wed 26-Nov-14 13:12:50

Only amateurs bruise the face anyway.

Thumbwitch Wed 26-Nov-14 13:45:39

I suppose they could have started with a black eye, and then had the character go to a group meeting with others who didn't have facial bruising, but who then went on to show body bruising, or no physical damage at all - THAT would have covered the bases better.

KingJoffreysBloodshotEye Wed 26-Nov-14 13:58:55

I thought the Patrick/Maxine in Hollyoaks storyline was doing a good job...

...until they ruined it.

But they were on the right track at the beginning with him controlling her phone, changing the way she dressed, making her feel stupid and isolating her.

Ir1na Wed 26-Nov-14 14:02:07

They've done male ones as well:

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