One day I decided to write a film about domestic violence but before I did I I searched YouTube videos on it. Here's a few things I noticed and studied during my time.
1. The woman is always the victim and the man is always the abuser.
As I look though these domestic violence videos I only see woman as the victims and the men as the bad guys. I searched everywhere on YouTube and I could barely find a video where the genders were reversed. People act like men don't get abused or hurt by their partners and it's only women. This is sexist and it makes me angry.
2. They're shockingly realistic.
I could relate to some of the videos. You see I used to be punched and hit on a lot by my older sister according to definition that's domestic violence and to add I know a few friends who been though being beaten, hit and punched so I know that's not good. Sometimes you actually feel like your in the video and you want to jump in and protect the woman.
3. Hitting seems like a normal thing to me.
People freak out if they see a man hit a woman and view him as the most horrible thing in the world and view the guy as a monster, evil or a piece of crap if he ever hits a women for any reason. If she hits him he's wrong for fighting back because she's a women and women are inherently more innocent and loving then males according to society. This is wrong as well. If my boyfriend hit me once I'd still stay with him. Why? Because growing up my sister used to hit me and punch me I grew up with seeing people hit each other to the point where I just viewed it as Normal. It may hurt but since it doesn't leave any bruises it's okay. This is what I grew up with.
4. Most of the male characters are the same.
The men are all the same. It's like copy and paste. It's like the writers are just taking the same bland bad guy and putting him in every film. Hey guys, make him interesting and do more then just beat on his girlfriend/wife; actually make a story interesting and grow a bond between the characters. Most of the videos are the same and lack diversity.
5. It helped me with my research.
I gathered enough information about domestic violence to write a decent script on it. Now I can write something creative and original.