Ray Rice Scandal: Does it matter if the victim of domestic violence is male or female?


The outpouring of commentary regarding the Ray Rice scandal is another example of how skewed our prioroities and values have become. It is baffling to me that there is still a considerable amount of support for Ray Rice, a man caught on camera knocking out his fiance. The victim in this situation, Janay Palmer, has continually been victimized since the story broke. An article on International Business Times adresses Ray Rice’s support from Men’s Rights Groups.

“Men’s Rights Movement (MRM), Ray Rice is the real victim. In a thread on Reddit called “Ray Rice: the elevator video,” which was parsed by Matt Saccaro at Salon, members of Men’s Rights argued that Rice was simply defending himself against Palmer’s first strike and didn’t deserve to lose his football contract…“She hit him first. He backed away and she came at him again. Glad he didn’t get more in trouble.” “Something that struck me,” said another, “was that it wasn’t him hitting her that knocked her out, but him hitting her and her hitting the rail on the elevator that knocked her out,””


What these anti-feminist groups and many supporters of Rice are missing is that this should not be about gender. This should not be abuot football. This should not be about a man versus a woman. This is about unwarranted and despicable violence that in my opinion cannot be excused. Yes, Janay Palmer may have gotten confrontational with Rice as well, but slamming someone’s head into a rail and rendering them unconcscious is too far if you’re arguing self defense.

I’m sure almost everyone has seen the clip already, but in case you have not here it is from TMZ sports. As a warning, I found this very disturbing to watch.

This is about an act of violence against another human being that should be stomach churning to watch. The focus shouldn’t be on the welfare of Rice’s career, the Raven’s future or the NFL’s future. It should be on the support of the victim in this situation and the prevention of this in the future.


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