On the evening of April 20th, a video was posted on Facebook showing a mother beating her daughter with a belt while the daughter cowers, cries, and tries to run away. The daughter's crime was, apparently, posting "nude" photos of herself on Facebook. The video is below if you need proof of how horrible slut shaming is, but it comes with a trigger warning. I don't recommend you watch it.
The most appalling thing about this video is that this mother is not only beating her daughter with a belt, she is purposefully recording herself doing so. She wants to punish her daughter by physically hurting her and by making a public example of her. She cannot see that this video, posted on Facebook, is by far more offensive and upsetting than any "nudes" her daughter or anyone else has posted.
Despite the obvious horror of the recorded interaction, the comments section reveals that most people viewing the video endorse the mother's actions. A representative comment comes from Howard Patterson: "if more girls like her had that mom maybe we wouldnt have so many sluts bet tha girl dont do that shit again." Tanesha Joseph says, "i back the mother cause in the end she is a young girl soon to b a woman n she should have self respect." And then there are many disgusting comments expressing general support for beating girls and women, some even invoking the Bible. At the time I am writing this, nearly 2,500 people have "liked" the video.
This is not a unique case of an angry mother "disciplining" her daughter for being sexual in a way the mother is uncomfortable with. The support from the Facebook audience reveals that many, many people still believe not only that physical violence is less disturbing than sexuality, but that the former is a just punishment for the latter.
This video and the "Part Two," which I won't even link to, have been up on Facebook for almost two weeks. I reported them as inappropriate content and I hope you will, too.
Thank you to Natalia S. Nai for bringing this video to my attention.