On Facebook this morning I saw a picture posted of a young woman lying on the road after being ejected from the passenger side of a Jeep Laredo. She was obviously in a great deal of pain looking at her face.
As of this writing the stats for this picture on Facebook was
“1,349 people like this. 978 shares.”
The Facebook account which posted the picture had this tag line: “laughing way to long at this”. What was her “crime” to be treated this way on an asphalt road by a man?
The picture had a caption on it: “When You’re On Your First Date And She Says-“I Hate Star Trek”. The comments on this site were disturbing to me, except for a few comments from women.
No one seemed to get the fact that the picture of a woman being treated this way was so wrong on so many levels. I reported it to the Facebook Administration as graphic violence.
The philosophy of Star Trek as envisioned by its creator, Gene Roddenberry, was one where men and women were equals with mutual respect and appreciation. He would be deeply offended by such a picture because it was contrary to his vision of a humanity destined for the stars.
There is a serious flaw in our society when we see pictures of people, especially women, being treated this way. Violence against woman and children is a societal reality on this planet traversing the cosmos.
Amnesty International estimates—
“At least one out of every three women worldwide has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime.”
The picture posted on the Facebook sites on Friday I will not post on this blog. I do not want this blog to be associated with this type of picture message.
See the comments below about the response from Facebook. I will provide the Facebook link if you want to take action on this matter and view the picture itself unless it has been taken down by now. However, it has appeared on several Star Trek Facebook sites which is sad.
As a father I would be outraged (and would take action) if some guy treated my daughter this way. However, for some men a woman saying or dressing a certain way or just giving a look can result in her being abused.
Abuse is not funny on this planet. Perhaps, the images of violence which are depicted daily to our view help to desensitize us to what we see and hear.
Years ago in my small mountain hamlet two younger family members came rushing home in tears and terrified. They had witnessed a man’s head being blown off by a shotgun near the fire department.
This is the image that Linda and James will never forget. Violence in any form has lasting effect on the victim, their families and the witnesses.
What one does about violence says volumes about them. In many communities on this globe there are shelters for abused women and children. These shelters are in need of support—search them out and help in any way that you can.
Women are part of the human family who deserve respect and freedom to pursue their dreams and hopes without limitations to education, work and most of all to be free from all types of abuse (in the home, community, places of worship and in the work place). If you are a parent with daughters, what type of world do you want for them—it must be a world in which they thrive in all aspects.
Doctor Steve Taylor of Leeds Metropolitan University, UK stated
Even if they belonged to higher social classes, most women throughout history have been enslaved by men. Until recent times, women throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia were unable to have any influence over the political, religious or cultural lives of their societies. They couldn’t own property or inherit land and wealth, and were frequently treated as mere property themselves. In some countries they could be confiscated by money lenders or tax collectors to help settle debts; in ancient Assyria, the punishment for rape was the handing over of the rapist’s wife to the husband of his victim, to use as he desired. Most gruesomely of all, some cultures practised what anthropologists have called ritual widow murder (or ritual widow suicide), when women would be killed (or kill themselves) shortly after the deaths of their husbands. This was common throughout India and China until the twentieth century, and there are still occasional cases nowadays.
G. D. Williams © 2015
WHO: Violence Against Women
The United Nations defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.”
Physical, sexual and psychological violence strikes women in epidemic proportions worldwide. It crosses every social and economic class, every religion, race and ethnicity. From domestic abuse to rape as a weapon of war, violence against women is a gross violation of their human rights. Not only does it threaten women’s health and their social and economic well-being, violence also thwarts global efforts to reduce poverty.
Violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights. Its impact ranges from immediate to long-term multiple physical, sexual and mental consequences for women and girls, including death. It negatively affects women’s general well-being and prevents women from fully participating in society. Violence not only has negative consequences for women but also their families, the community and the country at large. It has tremendous costs, from greater health care and legal expenses and losses in productivity, impacting national budgets and overall development. –
Living free from violence is a human right, yet millions of women and girls suffer disproportionately from violence both in peace and in war, at the hands of the state, in the home and community. Across the globe, women are beaten, raped, mutilated, and killed with impunity.
Gender-based violence stems from the failure of governments and societies to recognize the human rights of women. It is rooted in a global culture of discrimination which denies women equal rights with men and which legitimizes the appropriation of women’s bodies for individual gratification or political ends. Everyday, all over the world, women face gender-specific persecution including genital mutilation, sexual slavery, forced prostitution, and domestic violence. At least one out of every three women worldwide has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime.
Facebook (you have to be logged into Facebook)
The picture has been removed from the above website–.
This was FACEBOOK response to my protest:
Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We reviewed the post you reported for containing graphic violence and found it doesn’t violate our Community Standards.
I did some searching of the picture and found that the original picture was part of a news article before the caption was added. I contacted Pacific Coast News about the use of their picture without their permission
On the Original Star Trekkers site there is this comment:
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