The Parents Television Council has released a report, “Women in Peril,” that says that since 2004, our television shows have included more incidents of graphic violence against women on television — and sometimes a lot more.
Among other things, the report said:
- Televised violence against women and teen girls is increasing at far greater rates than the overall depictions of violence on television.
- The most frequent type of violence against women was beating (29 percent), credible threats of violence (18 percent), shooting (11 percent), rape (8 percent), stabbing (6 percent), and torture (2 percent.) Violence against women resulted in death 19 percent of the time.
- Except for ABC, every network demonstrated a dramatic increase in storylines that included violence against women.
- Fox was the most egregious for using violence against women as a punchline in its comedies. Check out, particularly, “Family Guy” and “American Dad.”
- In the last five years, there has been a 400 percent increase in the depiction of teen girls as victims.
- In the same time period, there was an 81 percent increase in the depiction of intimate partner violence on television.
These are scary numbers. No one’s asking for censorship, but when violence against women is used as a punchline, or so frequently as a storyline, it trivializes the awful effect of violence on women, their families, and their communities.
And thanks, Jezebel, for the link.