The following article is an English translation of an original article by El Tivípata, a Spanish blogger specialized in antifeminism. Originally published on 29th April 2015. Published with his explicit permission. Link to the original in Spanish:
Two overacting teenagers are chatting about the boyfriend of one of them. The boyfriend (we assume that he’s another teenager of 15-16 years old) keeps texting her, constantly demanding to know where her girlfriend is. The girl complains about him being very jealous and deciding everything for her. Her worried friend remembers an occasion when she was spinning around while rain was pouring on her, and somehow she relates that to the girl’s jealous boyfriend. She suggests that she break up with him.
She looks like a good friend; it’s sensible advice. When someone has a toxic, jealous and possessive partner, the smart thing is to break up. Goodbye, have a nice life. That’s all well and good. It’s an appropriate measure for a particular problem. But in a dramatic turn of events, unsatisfied with the girl leaving her boyfriend (which, as I said before, is the reasonable thing to do), her friend advises her to report him for gender violence by calling 016. What the flying fuck!? At no point it is mentioned that the girl’s boyfriend has ever hit her, or threatened her, insulted her, humiliated her in front of other people, undermined her self-esteem by criticizing her looks, or making her feel she is worthless. It doesn’t seem like she’s been pressed or blackmailed to consent to sexual proposals. The only “crime” committed by this boy (and I’ll say again that he probably is the same age as the girl, about 15-16 years old) is being jealous and possessive. It is widely known that there are no jealous and possessive girlfriends, of course.
The friend went straight from giving sensible advice (“break up with him”) to killing a fly with a sledgehammer (“report him for abusive behavior”). And our two little cunts embrace each other in a tender hug full of criminal collusion. Was it really necessary to kick him when he was down? Does this kid deserve to be reported for abuse? Wasn’t it enough to break up with him? Some would argue that, if this kid is so jealous and possessive, maybe breaking up won’t be enough. What if he takes it the wrong way and starts harassing the girl? In that case, reporting him to 016 would be justified… but before? What the fuck is this about, then? Pre-emptively reporting your partner, just in case he doesn’t take it well when you break up with him? Let’s think about it for a while.
What’s scary about this hellish, profit-oriented commercial is how much the bar is lowered in order to keep increasing the report statistics. If we watch other gender violence campaign ads, we will remember seeing actresses with a black eye, swollen from being punched, who encouraged battered women to report (which is completely logical). But what the fuck is this? Reporting your teenager boyfriend because he is overwhelming you with WhatsApp messages? Will the bar of what is considered gender violence keep lowering? We can no longer say that radical feminists don’t have thick skin; their skin is microscopic by now. This commercial does no good to anybody. It is just pouring fuel over a problem in order to keep feeding the industry. There’s a thin line between this and a procession of acne-ridden teenagers clocking in at the local police station.
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