Every woman in America, whether Democrat or Republican, should be sounding alarms against campaign propaganda that encourages violence against women. It appears that this kind of campaigning is accepted by the masses, which makes it more disturbing. When women such as Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin enter the political arena, it should not be an open season for exploitation.
It is appalling to surf the internet and come upon “Slap Hillary,” but what was worse was the “Slap Palin” site, while equally encouraging violence, it also displayed a sexually offensive picture at the bottom of the page.
There is a point when the American people must say “this has gone too far.” Regardless of party affiliation, anyone advocating violence against women should not be holding a political office, and their campaigns should be held accountable when their contributors or supporters engage in such disgraceful displays of abuse against women.
This article started out focusing on the disgraceful campaign “The Stop Hillary Project,” but while researching the offensive material against Hillary, there was equally offensive material against Palin. There was nothing identifiable that would attribute the site “Slap Palin” to a political party affiliation.
So, while the Republican super PAC supporting the Stop Hillary Project references “Slap Palin,” as if it explains their offensive game of “Slap Hillary,” both sites are degrading and highly offensive and encourages violence against both of these women. The Hillary games encourages players to slap Hillary at will and control when she speaks. There is also two other games one of Hillary and President Obama in a street fight.
According to the petition, “The Hillary Project (THP) is a non-profit, non-partisan, advocacy committee with a single goal – wage a war on Hillary Clinton’s image by exposing her past and analyzing her would-be presidency for the public and national political press corps.”
With the amount of violence in the news and the vulnerability of the minds of those committing these acts, is it wise for politicians and their campaigners to create games supporting “Slap Hillary” or “Slap Palin?” How can we point to the violations of Human Rights in other nations when the politics here freely advertise violence against women?
According to the National Organization for Women (NOW), “Despite the fact that advocacy groups like NOW have worked for two decades to halt the epidemic of gender-based violence and sexual assault, the numbers are still shocking.”
In an article on Forbes, Susan Carbon, Director of the United States Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, stated that 5.2 million women are victimized by stalkers each year, 1.3 million women are raped annually in the U.S. and the list goes on. There is an annual budget of 400 million allocated to the Violence Against Women Act that Carbon directs.
So with all this data available on the subject, why would any politician or political group create a campaign that encourages violence against a woman?
There are some issues women should stand united regardless to political affiliations, and this is one. We all have our political views on how this nation should be run and our preferred candidates, but when women enter the political arena and are subjected to what is clearly abuse and sexual exploitation, “all” women across the U.S. should be shouting “foul,” unacceptable play.
Ultra Violet, a group that focuses on fighting sexism and expanding women’s rights has started an online petition to remove the game. They further state that, “Violence against women is not a joke.”, “It’s disgusting, it’s outrageous and–regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum–it has no place in our politics.”
Sites such as “Slap Hillary” and “Slap Palin” should be unacceptable and examples of what is inappropriate in politics. When women enter the political arena there should be some holds that are barred. Not because they are women, but because they are human beings who should not be subjected to abuse and sexual exploitation.
By: Veverly Edwards