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Social Experiment Asks Boys to Slap Girls

Italian social experiment asks boys to slap a girl

Each day, three American women are murdered at the hands of their partner. Stretch that over a year's time, and over 1,000 women are senselessly killed as the result of domestic violence. According to the CDC, some 38 million women say they have experienced some level of physical abuse in a current or past relationship.

These stats, while eye-opening, are nothing when you consider that they only pertain to the U.S. On a global scale, the numbers are staggering. And yet domestic violence against women still runs rampant, getting swept under rugs and kept hidden from friends and family in homes all over the world.

Italian news organization Fanpage.it recently set out to address the topic by taking to the city streets to interview some men and women. Or, make that some very tiny men and one very special woman.

In the touching clip, reporters interview four boys ranging in age from 7 to 11. At first, they ask them a whole bevy of innocuous questions. What's their name? What do they want to be when they grow up?

And then they bring in Camille — a beautiful, blond and statuesque 11-year-old who instantly makes each boy's heart swoon.

The boys are asked to tell her what they like about her, to caress her (don't worry, in a non-creepy way), and finally, to do one more thing that makes them stop dead in their tracks. They're instructed to slap her.

What happens next will make you proud of each and every one of them.

We're not sure about you, but we're kind of in love with these four little boys right now.

Still, the unconventional ad has led to some pretty divisive opinions. While most reactions have found the clip heartwarming, there are others who argue it objectifies women and trivializes domestic violence.

"The interviewer does not ask Martina any questions," argues author and professor Rebecca Hains, who studies children's media culture. "He does not share any details about Martina. We do not learn how old she is, what she wants to be when she grows up, or why. Instead, the interviewer asks the boys a question about Martina: 'What do you like about her?' Knowing nothing about her personality or interests, the boys focus on what’s visible—her appearance."

What do you think of the ad?

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