Lucia Peters reviews groundbreaking art featuring men’s experiences with domestic violence.
By Lucia Peters.
Middle Eastern artist Saint Hoax has been making waves in recent months with his series of campaigns that repurpose Disney characters to raise awareness of sexual abuse and domestic violence. After tackling the issues in “Princest Diaries” and “Happy Never After,” he’s at again — and this time, he’s broadening the scope of his projects. “Prince Charmless” targets men who have experienced domestic abuse, tearing down stigma and again urging victims to speak up.
In many ways, “Prince Charmless” mirrors “Happy Never After”; they use similar taglines (“When did he stop treating you like a princess?” in one; “When did she stop treating you like a hero?” in the other), and both urge victims to come forward. They do differ in the reasoning behind speaking up — for the “princesses,” the idea is that it’s never too late to take control and put an end to domestic violence, while for the “princes” it’s about not being ashamed or embarrassed to speak up — but they’re not intended to present a side-by-side comparison. Rather, the intention is to focus on the challenges unique to each situation. Notes the Mayo Clinic:
“Because men are traditionally thought to be physically stronger than women, you might be less likely to report domestic violence in your heterosexual relationship due to embarrassment. You might also worry that the significance of the abuse will be minimized because you’re a man. Similarly, a man being abused by another man might be reluctant to talk about the problem because of how it reflects on his masculinity or because it exposes his sexual orientation.”
Hoax, too, noticed this disparity; accordingly, “Prince Charmless” is intended to address it. Said Hoax to the Huffington Post: “We continuously see campaigns about abused women but rarely encounter any campaign that targets male victims of domestic violence. I only knew about these statistics about abused men last month after doing an intensive research around the subject. The information wasn’t out there, I had to dig for it.”
Check out more of Hoax’s work at SaintHoax.com.
About Lucia Peters
Lucia Peters is a New York-based writer and theatre director. Her work has also appeared on The Toast, Crushable, TheGloss, and BettyConfidential.com. Like many people who have penned their own bios, she dislikes writing about herself in the third person.
This article originally appeared on Bustle.
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