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Do urban rap videos glamorise violence?

Urban rap videos should be closely monitored and even removed from online platforms such as YouTube to save lives, officials say. The BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme met the rappers and directors who say they are just describing their lives. A rapper performs in front of a Lamborghini for a music video, not in a swanky studio but in the car park of some flats in east London. As the engine revs, concerned residents peek out of the windows. Others get closer to the action. S-Rose, who changed his name from…

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If you care about men, join the fight against male violence

 Last week, a young boy was taken to a Sydney hospital in critical condition after a brawl at a house party. Gatecrashers had allegedly come to blows with guests, with one of the former assaulting the teenager and inflicting life threatening head injuries. On Saturday night, a man started a violent riot at a Melbourne bar. After being ejected by bouncers, the man called for backup from his friends and launched a vicious assault that put four of the security guards in hospital. Play VideoDon’t Play Up Next Trump and…

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Do parents of boys view sexual violence differently to parents of girls?

  In the weeks since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, we have heard quite a lot of “as the father of a daughter…”, implying it takes the birth of a daughter for men to truly appreciate all the discrimination, harassment and assault women seem to be on about. Play VideoDon’t Play Up Next Harvey Weinstein effigy burns in massive bonfire Play VideoDon’t Play Video duration 01:03 More Entertainment News Videos Previous slideNext slide Rose McGowan: It’s time to rise Actress Rose McGowan takes to the stage in her first public comments since…

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Miss Peru contestants give gender violence stats instead of bust measurements in pageant protest

Contestants in the annual Miss Peru beauty pageant have made headlines after responding to questions about their “measurements” with gender violence statistics. The staged “protest”, which was approved by the pageant’s organisers, saw 23 contestants cite statistics relating to domestic violence and sexual slavery in the South American country in the show’s opening segment. Lima’s Camila Canicoba was the first woman to take to the stage. “My measurements are 2,202 cases of femicide reported in the last nine years in my country,” she said. She was followed by fellow Lima…

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Clementine Ford: Men with a history of violence have no place on dating shows

 If you’ve been following the journey of Sophie Monk in the most recent Australian season of The Bachelorette, you’ll be suitably apprised of three facts. 1. Sophie Monk is quite possibly the most likeable person to have ever graced Australian television screens Play VideoDon’t Play Up Next Thor: ‘A rich kid from outer space’ Play VideoDon’t Play Video duration 01:38 More Entertainment News Videos Previous slideNext slide Sophie’s Monkey business brings out the animal It’s petting time at the zoo as Sophie dresses everyone in onesies and animal instinct comes…

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Gunpowder: Guy Fawkes drama violence upsets viewers

A BBC drama about the gunpowder plot has drawn criticism for its violence. One viewer labelled an execution scene in Gunpowder “grotesque and completely unnecessary”, while another called it “one of the most painful things I’ve ever witnessed on TV”. The drama, starring Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington, tells of the 1605 plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament. The BBC said said the offending scenes were “grounded in historical fact” and reflected what took place at the time. The first episode, shown on Saturday, showed a woman being…

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We know violence, crime and masculinity are linked. It's time to look at why, and how to stop it

The gender divide in sexual violence has been made stark in the thunderous roar of #MeToo. All those stories, and the less emotive but wider-ranging data on the topic, show that while anyone can be a victim of violence, among women especially it is ubiquitous. That said, people of all genders, ages, religions, ethnicities, sizes and abilities can and have been subjected to sexual predation. The defining characteristic that unites them is vulnerability – which is why straight, white, adult men are so rarely victimised. Vulnerability, and the concurrent lack of power, is…

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