The incredible double standards around violence are not going to come as any surprise to regular readers, but I want to put the “Solange beats the crap out of Jay Z” incident in a broader cultural context. The following quote has apparently been misattributed to Voltaire, but whoever actually said it was on to something, I think:
First, let’s flip the script and have Jay Z beat up Solange just to demonstrate how very different cultural, and in particular, feminist attitudes are towards women who are physically abusive to men. Here is Tracie Egan Morrissey, writing at Jezebel about the assault. Of course, her first question is “what the hell did Jay Z do to earn that beating?”, which is a totally appropriate reaction, right? We’ll turn the assault around just to show what a piece of shit Morrissey really is.
Today’s leaked elevator surveillance video of Jay Z getting all…
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