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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Remembering the Super Bowl Hoax

A few weeks ago we passed the 18th anniversary of an event that precipitated the passage in 1994 of the Violence Against Women Act (known as VAWA). The event is known as the Super Bowl Hoax, the assertion made on January 28, 1993 in Pasadena, California, with big media coverage, that more women are victims of domestic violence on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year. That radical feminist assertion lacks even a shred of truth. It was designed to feed the feminist anti-male and anti-masculine prejudice that men are naturally batterers, women are naturally victims, sports fans are prone to aggression and macho posturing, and football is especially guilty. Reinforcing this non-news-story was an appearance on Good Morning America by Lenore Walker to regurgitate her book called The Battered Woman. It is credited with originating what is known as the "battered woman syndrome," which spread the propaganda that batterers are always men, and the definition of domestic violence includes acts and words that are not violent. NBC joined the propaganda push by airing a public service announcement before the 1993 super bowl to remind men that domestic violence is a crime. All this propaganda was later conclusively proved false by the scholar Christina Hoff Sommers.

This event shows the double standard of feminist political correctness. Feminists demand that we accept these gender-specific notions about domestic violence, while at the same time deny any other innate male-female differences.

Of course, real domestic violence exists, and is a crime, and should be punished. However, this poses a real constitutional problem. Domestic violence now means whatever a woman wants to allege, with or without evidence, and men have lost the right to confront their accusers.

Listen to the radio commentary here:

Further Reading: VAWA

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