By Team BLAM
If you’re black, under 40, and have some awareness of urban vernacular you’ve probably heard or used the term “wife beater”. Yup “WIFE BEATER”…terminology referring to a sleevless shirt, A-shirt, or tank top that has been seen being worn by men who are volatile, eruptive, violent, and abusive to women. “Wife Beater”….women know them. “Wife Beater”…men know them. “Wife Beater”…..do you wear them?
I can hear some of yall thinking, “BLAM it really ain’t that serious.” Say it with me W I F E B E A T E R. One more time….W I F E B E A T E R. Now tell your daughter, “Daddy’s wearing a ‘wife beater”. Tell your son to put on his “wife beater”. Why do we enthusiastically embrace destructive terminology and completely ignore the psyco/social implications such terminology has on our community. Our children are paying attention to us and are conciously and subconsiously receiving cues on what is socially acceptable behavior.
Today is the last day of domestic violence month. Yall, for the sake of our community, for the sake of our children, and as a sign of support and solidarity for the countless number of women who are beaten by men on a daily basis CAN WE MAKE A COMMITMENT TO STOP CALLING A-SHIRTS, TANK TOPS, SLEEVELESS SHIRTS……WIFE BEATERS?
Abuse ain’t no joke, domestic violence ain’t no laughing matter. “Wife Beater”, is it really that serious? We say YES IT IS.