Most people only know Linda McMahon as the matriarch of the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), the organization of which she is President and CEO of alongside her husband Vince. But residents here in Connecticut, where I live, know her as the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.
In 2009, she also lost the same race against the former Attorney General of Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal.
Through her career with the WWE (formerly the WWF) McMahon and her husband have made millions of dollars off exploiting violence as well as mainstream misogyny, which is one of the reasons I am extremely turned off at her political bid.
I must admit, I have never been a viewer of their wrestling programs. I was not raised on them, nor am I interested in violence for entertainment. Fake or not these images are not something I would choose to view, or allow my children to view.
A little over a week ago, a short ten minute film titled Only Entertainment? found its way into my personal Facebook feed, and I sat down to watch it.
I was completely appalled by the short documentary which focused around violence against women, and violence in general within the WWE. Women being beaten, forcefully violated in sexual manners, and degraded – all for “entertainment” purposes. I use the word entertainment loosely with this, as well, because I find nothing entertaining about it at all.
In fact, I find it offensive and detrimental to our children.
As a mother of two sons as well as a daughter, I can’t imagine why anyone would allow their children to watch these types of messages. Not just because of the sheer violent nature of it, but the way they openly treat the women on these shows. There is nothing acceptable about cheering on a man as he forces himself on a woman, whether he is Hulk Hogan or not. Sending the message that women deserve this kind of forced sexual behavior is nothing short (in my opinion) of promoting sexual assault as punishment.
In America, every two minutes someone is sexually assaulted. Over the course of one calendar year that rounds out to 207, 754. 44% of those victims are under the age of 18. Boys and girls being violated,while programming like this is allowed to air with only simple warnings.
What was really rich to all this was the newest Linda McMahon ad in which she calls herself a “proud pro-choice woman.” A woman who is not anti-women. A proud pro-choice woman who offered birth control and mammograms to employees of the WWE, yet an employer who allows some of the WWE’s biggest starts to be brutalized on air.
McMahon may be a woman and she might consider herself to be a pro-choice woman. But sitting back and raking in millions of dollars from the nationally televised brutalization of women doesn’t make you pro-woman or an idol for women. It makes you a bad role model for our young women. A CEO who sits back while this type of behavior is openly accepted in her organization and promoted for money is not someone we should be sending to the U.S. Senate.
Why not stop the messages that women deserve to be sexually assaulted or beaten? Hasn’t that line of outdated thinking caused enough harm to the females of the world already?
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