Abuse is Not a Game

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:00 -- cristina

Sign the petition to tell Apple to remove the app that makes a game out of dating abuse.

In The Boyfriend Trainer, you create the “ideal” man by hitting, slapping or even strangling him when he does something “wrong.” According to the game, punishable mistakes include dropping a shirt on the ground or checking out another girl.

In the chatter online (on Jezebel and Buzzfeed), people are talking about what would happen if the tables were turned and this game were about a guy ‘training’ his girlfriend by hitting or strangling her. The fact is though, it doesn’t matter whether you’re male or female, gay or straight, when someone slaps, hits or strangles their partner, it’s abuse.

We don’t need to imagine the game from another perspective — physical violence is abuse and it’s always unacceptable.

There are arguments in healthy relationships and partners do things like drop a shirt on the floor. But if you want to resolve these issues, try to communicate — hurting your partner will not “train” them to be perfect. The route to happy, healthy relationships is through equality and respect, not power and control.

Take a stand, sign the petition and tell Apple that abuse is not a game!

Blog Category: