Warning: This video is highly triggering if you've ever been beaten by your parents!
I cried the first time I saw it, I won't be watching it again, ever. You've been warned.
A friend showed me this video a night ago--I spread it on facebook, and twitter, and it's a brilliant illustration of why I hate most parents.
This is how they treat their children--they prize obedience, they prize compliance to a mindless ideal, and they beat them for things like wetting the bed, using the computer too late, or in this case--downloading things off the internet.
This man is a judge--our society rewards men like him, and rewards them greatly. She's 23 now, and posted this video from a beating when she was 16 because she finally got away, an he's up for Family Circut Court judge re-election.
This is why I want to see less breeding. Men like him aren't fit for anything, and yet he gets everything. It's the exact same way my own father is--the same way many fathers are, and they're championed for it--spare the rod, spoil the child, again and again.
Part of the reason I'm choosing not to breed is because I don't want my parents around any children--especially not any children I might have to raise. They might break him or her like they've tried to break me, like they've broken me.
People aren't born like this, though--they're made, and I bet his father beat him, and he never bothered learning other ways to discipline your child, or even wants to hear anything about it--so far, he's been quoted as calling her "that child" an saying "that child has made things difficult for me with this." and claiming she's made it all up, an that the punishment was just and fair.
Really, this punishment is torture. My reaction to the video was to start crying the moment it stopped. I cried a good 30 minutes and couldn't stop, and I more than empathize--I know exactly what it's like to be in that situation. It doesn't feel like discipline--It feels like torture---it feels like this man is going to beat the shit out of you if you cry for him to stop, even if you start bleeding he'd keep going--until you're dead. The reluctance of her to turn around and lie on the bed is very telling. The ritualisticness--the fact that they probably sent her up to her room for it, that she knew where to put a camera because he's done it before--he gets a thrill from it, and that's not discipline--that's abuse.
It's one of the major reasons I don't want kids. I don't want to subject them to the possibility of this ever happening. Even if I did have kids, I know there are other ways to "discipline" them--that don't involve instilling fear and resentment, that don't involve causing bodily harm to a child, ways that will actually teach them what's wrong, rather than give them a complex, and cause them to cry when they grow up, and see videos of other children like this. I don't want anyone I raise to end up like me.
Of course, being threatened with a beating for not believing in god has a whole new level of fucked-up-ness, but I won't even get into that.
Anyone else want to chime in on the sickos that do this to their kids?
Oh, and she has Cerebral Palsy.
And for the answer as to why she didn't just lie down on the bed:
When you're so fucking terrified that you can't move, that's what it feels like to be her in that situation. You just want to sit there and cower, and you can't move--you can't focus on anything but being scared for your life as someone cowers over you with something they could easily kill you with if they felt like it.
If you haven't been beaten, you don't know what it's like.
I have no idea what it is like to get beaten, but I can certainly empathize. It just gets more sick, as he won't even admit that he did anything wrong. In his statements, he indicates that the problem is Hilary, and that she only released the video because he threatened to cut her off and take away her Mercedes. As if her reason for exposing him has anything to do with anything.
There is something seriously wrong with him.
This video moved me to a red rage. This is the sort of thing my father started doing to me when I turned 4 or 5 years old and continued to do until I was too big to hit. Anyone who beats on a kid this way deserves to go to jail.