“A good relationship is more than something we want—it’s something we need to be our happiest, healthiest, most productive selves.” A relationship is suppose to be surrounded with love, commitment and happiness but when that is all taken for granted, some relationships turn into abuse, which is a problem all across the country. Relationship abuse can be physical and emotional but either way it can tear your other half apart. Kelly Rowland tackles the issue of relationship abuse with her song “Dirty Laundry” using a feminist lens.
Abuse is a problem that comes in many different forms and comes from many different places. Women, kids, homeless people and different people everywhere gets beat, cursed at, spit on and talked down upon and it creates mental, emotional and or physical issues. Most abuse comes from the people that are supposed to love and protect you the most. Illinois law states that “police officers must take steps to protect a victim of domestic abuse whenever a "family or household member’ has committed any act of ‘abuse." This act was put in place in 1986, as it was always tradition that men do not put their hands on anyone, especially their spouse (women). “Never let a man put his hands on you without your permission.” This quote speaks powerfully because it shows a woman has a choice to let a man abuse them. Most relationship abuse is because a woman won’t leave and allows a man to treat them the way they do which is why the media takes the steps to acknowledge the issue.
The media has commercials and there are also programs and organizations that acknowledge and try to help women that are going through these issues. They are bringing awareness to the situation such as campaigns like the Domestic Violence Awarene...
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...text through the eyes of a feminist to closely analyze how women are portrayed and presented in comparison to men.” Feminism is the movement for social, political, economic, and cultural equality between men and women; campaigns against gender inequalities. The song exemplifies how this woman is torn down by a man which is traditionally how abuse has always been. This is an appropriate lens because it shows how a woman is easily taken advantage of by a man and women are targets because they are defined as weaker and more vulnerable.
Again, abuse is a common problem that often gets unnoticed or are seen as unimportant. The world should speak up and speak out when they see something wrong because you never know what a person is going through or what could result from that. Support abuse more and let it be known that you will not stand for it. It’s time to make a change.
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