Music & Culture
How Hollywood Can Influence an Abusive Relationship
Written by Corrina Jean | May 17, 2011
Eminem is no stranger to controversy. His single Love the Way You Lie is a song about an abusive relationship — a subject that has become all too common in today’s society. Rihanna, who was in the news when her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown allegedly abused her, contributes vocally to the song.
It’s scary watching the music video (starring Megan Fox) and seeing something so common come to life in such a way. The song itself is classic Eminem and speaks to a generation in which abuse and hurt seem almost normal.
Who, though, is to blame for this feeling of normalcy? Society, parents, or even the media? Many children grow up watching abuse between parents and though they know it’s wrong, I wonder if these impulses become instilled into them and are passed on into their own relationships.
Sadly, teen girls between the ages of 16 and 24 are often in abusive relationships more than women of any other age. Some studies suggest that between 30-50% of teen girls have experienced abuse in a relationship. These numbers are unacceptable.
Though anyone can become involved in an abusive relationship, factors that are likely to contribute to a girl staying in the relationship include low self-esteem and poor self-image. Learning to love you and forming a close relationship with God are steps that girls can take to help ensure that if they find themselves in an abusive relationship, they will have the strength not to stay.
Do you think that the media portrayal of celebrities returning to their abusive partners may be a factor in a young girl’s decision to stay with their own abusive partner?