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Something happened yesterday that struck a dark chord with me.  I was reading some short stories that a blogger had written, and I was enjoying them very much until I came across one that was totally out of character with the other pieces in the collection.  It contained explicit violence in the forms of both predatory rape and domestic abuse.  I have very strong feelings about both of these issues, and I quickly found myself repulsed. 

I can accept a movie or book that incorporates these themes if done for the purpose of enlightenment - if there is a message to the madness, AND if restraint in depiction is used.  I do not want to watch someone being raped, I do not want to see someone being battered, and I certainly don't want to read about it graphic detail if the sole purpose of the content is to entertain me. 

I have been known to walk out of a room or a movie theater, or fling a book to the floor, if I find the violence to be over the top in terms of depiction and if done solely for the purpose of titillation, excitement or entertainment.  Graphic violence is NOT entertaining.  I am not talking about the cowboy shows or cop shows we watched as kids - none of us grew up to accept killing people as a good thing as a result of watching this diluted fare.  I am talking about the sickness that has pervaded our society in which we are willing to spend our time and money being "entertained" by tales of such extreme evil and abuse that it makes my stomach turn. 

If you have ever found yourself in one of these situations or something similar in real life, I suspect you will agree with me that when we read or watch graphic depictions of violence solely to be entertained we erode our sensitivity to the subject, and what should repulse us becomes common fare.  I believe that in finding our entertainment in something so inherently evil we are distancing ourselves from our spiritual nature, and that every time a reader or viewer enjoys such fare the powers of darkness laugh. 

I can only speak for myself, and I know there are many who will disagree, but as far as I am concerned graphic violence is not entertainment, and I hope the day will never come when it doesn't shake me to the very core of my being. Violence hurts.

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  1. I see no sense in these scenes. I prefer not to experience them.

    Maybe a letter to the author is called for this time.

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    1. I can't either, Gail. It sickens me, I have to walk away from it.

      I opted to just stop following that particular blog. I believe in everyone's right to write/post whatever they desire in their space, just as it is my right to choose other places to read that better suit my beliefs and preferences. No one made me read it, I was just taken aback, because I wasn't expecting to find it there.

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  2. You are right, and i won't read or watch such things, either.

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    1. Well, I know what is right for me, Mimi, and I also know what is right and wrong in God's eyes, and to me this is a truly horrible way to portray how women are treated. We know the reality of such situations, so why is there such twisted curiosity?

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  3. I agree. I think violence has invaded our very souls in today's world. Kids watch this and think nothing of it. Morals and decency have flown out the window. The older I get, the more I stay away from it. I will delete the posts on facebook, I will turn the channel, and I will close the book. Some of today's popular music is absolutely disgusting about women and killing..it makes me sick. You're right, to each his own. But I grew up in a different world, and I see the difference.

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    1. Amen, Terri! I am 100% with you. I see the difference too. I am far from being a prude, but I truly believe the moral erosion of our society is tragic.

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  4. So Much This!!! I love my Super Hero movies, there's no denying that, but what I love most about them is the overall message that in those cases they are fighting for GOOD. Because of course you have to overcome evil in our world. But senseless violence.. well, makes no sense to me!! Especially when it is mixed with sex -- two things that should never, ever mix!!! No people - don't do that!! And it's true, if you have ever been in a scary situation personally; it's not remotely sexy at all. Or as in my case when I worked in a prison, actually MET rapists and killers. Yeah, I bet those story writers would not last 2 minutes in a room with those men, let alone work in their environment all day long.
    I do wish people would think about such things. I know that there are different strokes for different folks, especially since the bestseller that 50 Shades was: I suspect people are hoping to capitalize on its success. $$$ of course being the prime motivation. But once society gets all used to that level; where does it go next? It keeps pushing the boundaries. Next level up. And where do we stop? That's the concern. There seems to be no limits anymore. :(

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    1. Thank you for this thoughtful response!! We too wonder where it will end. Will there be any "civilization" left to our society? What was once considered acceptable is so far removed from what passes for that now on tv, in the theaters, and in books. Sometimes tv commercials just make me wince. Do we really need to talk about everything personal in that family-oriented forum? UGH

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  5. As someone who has had to deal with violence, this sickens me. There is enough violence in the world without "imagining" it and writing about it for no actual purpose. I do not understand this genre of writing. Nor do I want to understand it, because that justifies and excuses it. No, thank you. I think those who do this need to soul search and perhaps ask themselves if there is a better way to be "creative".

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    1. You stated it even better than I could, Annie. I don't want to understand it or become comfortable with it. It disturbs me deeply. If one really wants to explode those issues it can be done in a manner that is educational rather than promotional. Thank you for your response.

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  6. The quote is right on...violence is not funny but there are those that are making violence fun. Children are growing up thinking it's exciting and entertaining. They become adults with insensitive hard hearts. It's frightening.

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    1. It is indeed frightening, Patricia. I really shudder to think what kind of parents the children of today... and their children are going to be. Will there be any sense of morality, any caring and compassion left at all? Will they even remember how to talk to each other without the use of electronic devices?

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