''Bowl day's link to battering is doubted''
"Bowl day's link to battering is doubted"
by Ken Ringle - syndicated Washington Post story - San Jose Mercury News,
Jan. 31, 1993
...a network of feminist activists has orchestrated a national
campaign to ask men to stop beating their wives and girlfriends
after the Super Bowl.
In an effort to combat what the Associated Press and CBS have
labelled a "day of dread" for women, the organizers have prevailed
on NBC, the broadcaster of Super Bowl XXVII, to air a public-service
announcement against wife-beating before today's game.
... despite their dramatic claims, none of the activists appears to
have any evidence that a link actually exists between football and
wife-beating. Yet the concept has gained such credence that their
campaign has rolled on anyway, unabated....
Some experts on domestic violence, however, are dubious.
"You're dealing in an area where there's a lot more folklore than
fact," said Daivd Silber, chairman of the department of psychology
at George Washington University and a longtime scholar of domestic
violence. "I know of no study documenting any such link" between
football or Super Bowls and domestic violence, Silber said. "And I
know the literature very well."
Charles Patrick Ewing, a forensic psychologist and author of
"Battered Women who Kill," said, "I don't think anybody has any
systematic data on any of this."
Yet Ewing is quoted in the release from Dobisky Associates
declaring "Super Bowl Sunday is one day in the year when hot lines,
shelters and other agencies that work with battered women get the
most reports and complints of domestic violence."
"I never said that," Ewing said. "I don't know that to be true."
... the news conference in Pasadena on Thursday cited a study
purporting to document a link between domestic violence in Northern
Virginia and games played by the Washington Redskins in 1988-89....
but when asked about that assertion, Janet Katz, a professor of
sociology and criminal justice at Old Dominion and one of the
authors of that study, said, "That's not what we found at all."
... Linda Mitchell of FAIR, who appeared at the news conference
with Kuehl and made similar links between domestic violence and
Super Bowl Sunday, said she recognized at the time that Kuehl
was misrepresenting the Old Dominion study.
Did she, as a representative of Fairness and Accuracy in
Reporting, challence her colleague?
"I wouldn't do that in front of the media," Mitchell said. "She
has a right to report it as she wants." ....
Once again, the fundamental mendacity underlying Politically Correct
feminism lies exposed. They care nothing about truth, only about
promoting the "party line" that men are all beasts, and women their
innocent victims. In this the heritage of their Marxist parent is
clearly visible: any lie which might be believed is useful for promoting
the agenda. And FAIR, which pretends to expose falsehood in the media,
in fact has no interest in exposing the falsehoods its friends wish
to promote. These feminists, by masquerading as sincere and honest
supporters of the downtrodden, have been able to get vast amounts of
free publicity from the various media outlets. However, once their
fundamental mendacity is widely recognized, they won't be able to play
that game any more.
So, enjoy the Big Game! And make sure you have enough beer for everyone!
Robert Sheaffer - Scepticus Maximus - firstname.lastname@example.org
Past Chairman, The Bay Area Skeptics - for whom I speak only when authorized!
"Mystical explanations are considered deep. The truth is that
they are not even superficial."
- Friedrich Nietzsche (The Gay Science: 126)