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"My Super Abusive Relationship" 
9th-Jun-2006 05:44 pm
So we have this movie coming out soon, My Super Ex-Girlfriend. (link here http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0465624/ ). Basic premise: Man attemps to break up with woman. Woman is superhero. Woman proceeds to make man's life hell unless/until he gets back with her, doing things such as throwing a shark into his room and directly threatening his life if he tries to break it off permanently.

If this was the other way around--if this was Superman doing this to Lois Lane--think this could successfully be marketed as a comedy? No. NOW and about 8 billion abuse groups would scream and lobby against it, claiming it trivializes real abuse situations, and they'd be right. But because it's a guy cowering before a girl, it can be played for laughs.

At least, that's my take on it. Yours?
10th-Jun-2006 06:29 am (UTC)
Welcome!! Thank you for joining and posting! :)

I agree. In abusive situations, women are always protrayed/perceived as victims, through and through. Not so with men. Hell, men are typically not portrayed as the receivers of abuse to begin with.
11th-Jul-2006 11:53 pm (UTC) - I agree.
Some interesting thoughts here, my good sir.
7th-Aug-2006 04:24 am (UTC)
From another perspective:

Doesn't alleged humor stem from the negative perception that women are crazy, impulsive, emotional, out of control, and so on?

The reason it's a "comedy" is not because a man is being abused, quite the opposite, in fact -- it's a comedy because society finds the notion of a powerful woman to be asburd, therefore any "abuse" at the hand of a woman is laughable at best.
7th-Aug-2006 04:25 am (UTC) - oops, typo
*the alleged humor
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