‘Slap Her’: The So-called Heartwarming Video That’s Actually Disturbing by R L Stollar
- A viral video called “Slap Her” is going around Facebook. It features five young Italian boys who are introduced to a young girl named Martina. Luca Lavarone, the videographer, instructs the boys to do a number of things to Martina: say what they like about her, “caress her,” make funny faces at her, and then — finally — to “slap her hard.”
From there, Stollar goes on to critique the video (video is embedded at his blog), and I agree with his critique.
What is supposed to be a message encouraging males to be empathetic towards girls and women actually contains an undercurrent of misogyny and disrespect.
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