Bullied Leading Ladies?


Just finished a guest blog on bullying (at http://bit.ly/1rO8Wa3) and thought following up  Disney’s Disabled Dishes with Disney’s Bullied Babes might be appropriate. I apologize for letting humorous phrases trump seriousness here. However, humor is  an occupational hazard for writers and professors, like me, who probe violence for a living. It’s like the “gallows humor” which police and health professionals resort to in order to cope.

Cartoon version of Snow White, bleeding from mouth, to draw attention to domestic violence, by Italian artist Alexsandro Palombo

Snow White by A. Palombo

Bullied and abused Cartoon Figures.

To raise awareness and trigger action to end the global scourge of men bullying women in the home, the Alexsandro Palombo created his eye-catching series of  bullied and abused female characters from cartoon history.

The Italian artist from Milan titles his series, “No Violence Against Women.” He hope his images will force viewers to confront the reality some women face despite the pretense of being in a happy relationship or family.

Cinderalla with black eye and blood from her mouth, standing hext to Prince Charming. Created by A. Palombo

Battered Cinderalla by Palombo

Palombo has said, “I wanted to give visibility to a problem that affects a great amount of women all over the world.”.. It’s never too late to put an end to it.”

These are our favorite cartoon characters, but not the ones we remember.

Marge and Homer Simpson

Marge and Homer Simpson


Marge Simpson stands grimly with a black eye next to an almost- grinning, vacant Homer.

The Flintstones

The Flintstones










Popeye and Olive Oil

Popeye and Olive Oil

A trickle of blood comes from Olive Oil’s nose and mouth as Popeye holds her around the waist.


Bullied and Beaten.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 in 4 women (24.3 percent) and 1 in 7 (13.8 percent) men in the United States, 18 years old and older, have experienced extreme physical violence by a close partner.

Many have suffered from psychological aggression by their close partners, including name-calling, humiliation and behavior that sought to control or threaten another.

Bullying is not just limited to the classroom or cyber world.

It can happen within the walls of the safest place on earth, the home.

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