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[TRIGGER WARNING: domestic violence, misogyny]
It’s called (HUGE trigger warning on this link)Domestic Violence Turtle and it is, as you might expect, stunningly unfunny.
What is exhausting to me about this meme is not only that each page has ten different versions…
I honestly think the meme’s are chuckle worthy, and I don’t understand why people have to be so harsh about it?
Would have made it funny if the meme’s were called, “Pimp Slap Turtle”, “Dominant Turtle”, etc, etc? I don’t fucking know.
But because it’s called “Domestic Violence Turtle”, people want to flip tables and throw chairs. These meme’s have NO back story, NO meaning, NO nothing behind them except a laugh or two. Let’s not go to mention HALF of the meme’s shown aren’t even domestic violence-ish, shit, one of them is a quote from The Other Guys!!
Seriously. It’s a joke. In the real world, no turtle would slap a woman for having rights or not being in the kitchen, or even being a female.
It wouldn’t be funny regardless of what it was called (“pimp slap turtle” adds a nice healthy level of racism) because it normalizes and trivializes a form of gender violence that is most often used against women and has been in place for centuries, and is still not taken seriously, even today — as evidenced by the fact that it is the basis for a popular meme. There is a huge problem with that.
Media always has meaning. Media, including things like memes, determines what is and is not considered acceptable by our culture. It is not an accident that this meme is popular - domestic violence is considered a joke by our culture. If you don’t see a problem with that, I suggest you very seriously examine the ways in which you engage with media. Do you passively accept that which is fed to you, or are you actively critiquing the media that you consume? It’s a good skill, and an important one.