This post is a bit of a random one-off. Just a (maybe not-so) silly rant.
VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) seems to be getting more egalitarian, slowly but surely. It’s a good sign and good progress. But even if the text of the act becomes 100% egalitarian some time down the road, there is still a problem: the title.
But what’s in a name? Well, the name continues to give the impression that women are the only major/meaningful victims of domestic violence, as well as stalking, etc. also covered in the bill. This is really problematic for non-female victims of those crimes, perpetuating harmful myths that have had real ramifications for real victims. It’s also just a slap in the face for those victims.
Surely if there were a “Rape Against White Women Act” (RAWWA) we would see fit to change the title, even if the text itself already included black people, men, LGBT people, etc. Wouldn’t we? RAWWA is a slap-in-the-face title for victims that don’t fit the description in that title. The same is true of VAWA.
I don’t know why we can’t just rename VAWA “The Domestic and Sexual Violence Act”, or something along those lines.