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When I Grow Up, I Will Beat My Wife

Posted by James David Morgan | 3-12-2008 17:19 | Category: Abuse, Gender issues, Violence




A public awareness campaign from The Family Place of Dallas, TX, targeted area bus panels and interiors. In the organization’s language, the campaign features “children and thought-provoking headlines to help the community realize that children who live in violent homes grow up to be victims and abusers.”  The campaign has captured national attention recently, in large part due to criticism from Glenn Sacks, who blogs for the Massachusetts-based Fathers & Families nonprofit advocacy group.

The Dallas News writes that Sacks finds the ads misleading, that they “stereotype men as batterers and women as just victims of domestic violence.”  His criticism has prompted this defense of the campaign, which I find compelling.

I welcome your thoughts in the comment section.

The Family Place


Comments about When I Grow Up, I Will Beat My Wife

I find the argument the comment that “children who live in violent homes grow up to be victims and abusers” a gross generalization and a repugnant stereotype.  Advocacy is one thing, but comments like these revictimize survivors and we really don’t need that type of advocacy.  Abuse survivors face enough secondary wounding and victim blaming as is without having to be told they are going to be abusers too.

Posted by James Landrith | 16-04-2011 08:15

Comments about When I Grow Up, I Will Beat My Wife

A perfect example how stereotypes comes in the world and fulfill their own prophecy.

Posted by Volker | 1-07-2014 09:32

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