I got a comment on my 50 Shades of Domestic Violence post this week that was so incredibly rude that I wasn’t sure what to do with it. (Yeah, I’m talking about you, “bluelove.”) My first thought was to just delete it. It’s my blog and I don’t have to let anyone’s awful victim blaming comments have space here. Then I thought that maybe I should approve the post and then let my readers go to town on the person because I’m too pissed off to do it myself.
The more I thought about it though, I decided that I want you to see the bullshit comment that this woman posted in response to one of my readers saying that her husband gave her this book that is full of emotional abuse in hopes that it would improve their already abusive relationship. I think people need to see what complete lack of empathy looks like. What victim blaming looks like, and how incredibly WRONG it is. So instead of approving the comment where it was made, I’m going to just put it here. She wrote the following:
Get back in the kitchen or leave your husband because women act like they don’t have a choice. Stop blaming men, stop blaming the media and stop blaming books. If you have the nerve to tell strangers on the internet that youre being abused, you should have the balls to leave him. There are two types of people:prey and predators. You decide which one you want to be. Does anyone blame the lion for eating the weak gazelle?
Bluelove, you clearly have no idea what it’s like to live in fear of your life because of a partner who uses power and control over every aspect of your being. You have no idea how hard it is to “just leave” or how many victims are killed by their abusers when trying to do that. You don’t know any of the pain that these victims go through. You’re lucky. My hope is that you never have to live through domestic violence whether it’s emotional or physical. I also hope that if you do have to endure the spirit crushing pain that abuse brings, that no one is ever so insensitive to you. Because I can say that as a survivor, comments like the one above are exactly what we don’t need to hear. Comments like that are just as bad as the abuse and do absolutely nothing to encourage change. Blaming the victim is never, ever okay.