In a social experiment exploring violence against women, young boys in Italy were asked to slap a girl. Watch how they react in the video below:
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Italian media company fanpage.it created the video to show how both violence and pacifism can be taught at an early age.
The boys are introduced to Martina, who has a giggly love-struck effect on all the young admirers. When asked to caress her, the boys do not hesitate to stroke her cheek in a gesture of intimacy. When asked to make a funny face at her, they do so.
However, when the boys are asked to slap Martina, they all look surprised and confused. Obviously torn between wanting to obey, and their own moral objections, all of the boys eventually shake their heads at the unseen camera crew, refusing to comply.
When asked why they wouldn't slap her, all of the boys responded that they did not want to hurt her, or that they did not believe in violence, and all agreed that they should never hit girls.
"Why? 'Cause I'm a man!" replied one of the boys.
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