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Violence is serious

Letter to the Editor | Wednesday, April 1, 2009

I have to disagree with Pat Cassidy’s contention that Bookstore Basketball team names inspired by instances of domestic violence are “absolutely hilarious,” (“Why so serious?” March 31) that we can simply laugh about such things and move on. The words we use and the things we deem appropriate to joke about say a lot about us as individuals and the way we relate to others.

Cassidy claims “it’s not [his] fault that one fourth of women are involved in domestic abuse,” but in reality, it’s the fault of our entire society. Making jokes about domestic violence only desensitizes us to its reality and contributes to a culture that allows such abuse to occur on such a devastating scale. Cassidy expresses pride of his ability to “bring a smile to one person’s face,” but at what expense does that one smile come? Are a few laughs worth normalizing violence that affects millions of women?

Caitlin Nora Murphy

senior

off campus

March 31