Domestic Abuse: Happily Never Ever

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Happily Never After: when did he stop treating you like a princess? Saint Hoax, a pseudonymous Middle Eastern artist, recently released a new series depicting domestic abuse using Disney princesses as his medium. As young girls who grew up with these fictional characters inherently looked up to them as role models. We wanted to be just like them. Remember the costume dresses and plastic crowns? When you take the coveted oh so lovable princesses we are so familiar with, and add a disturbing twist, you definitely get a reaction. This series really wrenched our hearts as it exhibited the reality of domestic abuse among women today.

He states, “by portraying Disney princesses as victims of domestic violence, I’m proposing the idea that no girl/woman is safe from being emotionally/physically/sexually abused”

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Alexsandro Palombo, a Milan-based artist, created a similar series focusing on female abuse victims using famous characters including Marge Simpson, Wonder Woman, and Lois Griffin just to name a few. His depictions are even more disturbing as the women are shown alongside their partners who carry an “everything is ok here” expression.

This issue of domestic abuse is so widespread. We’re all familiar with OJ Simpson and Nicole Brown, and Chris Brown and Rihanna, but it’s happening everyday to the people around us. You may not recognize it, but it’s happening among couples who appear totally normal on the surface.

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It is estimated that between 55-95% of female victims who encounter abuse do not seek the police or shelters for help.

Domestic abuse is VERY real. Almost 1 in 3 women have experienced physical violence, stalking, or rape from a partner in their lifetime. Not to mention psychological abuse. These images are very upsetting, but were meant to increase awareness.

The posters do shed some light and encourage women to seek help and remove themselves from these cancerous relationships with the statement “it’s never too late to put an end to it”. We all deserve a happily ever after.

 

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