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“Cos the bad boys are always catching my eye”

14, 12, 2009

Rihanna features on this months cover of Glamour magazine with the headline “Why Rihanna still prefers bad boys.”

Now, in case you have forgotten it was June of this year that Chris Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting Rihanna and was sentenced to six months community service. His assault left her bruised, bloodied with bite marks on her arms.

In November Rihanna appeared on the cover of the US version of Glamour magazine with the tag line “I’m stronger and wiser.” It included an interview in which she discussed the assault and domestic abuse “It’s one of the things we [women] will hide, because it’s embarrassing. My story was broadcast all over the world for people to see, and they have followed every step of my recovery. The positive thing that has come out of my situation is that people can learn from that. I want to give as much insight as I can to young women, because I feel like I represent a voice that really isn’t heard. Now I can help speak for those women.”

Now, what kind of mixed message is Rihanna sending “those women” in the January issue of the UK Glamour magazine by stating that she “still prefers bad boys.”

Since when did a characteristic of a “bad boy” involve beating women up? In the interview Rihanna says the type of guy she likes is:  “Definitely the high-risk [men]. I don’t like cream puff, corny guys. Usually they are the nice guys, the ones that won’t hurt you. They’ll pull out the chair for you and the whole nine yards. Everything is perfect and boring…I like the risk, I like the edge. That’s the thrill for me.”

Does she mean she likes the risk of getting hurt? She likes the edge of not knowing what might happen? What type of mood he will be in, whether he might turn on her suddenly?  The magazine’s  headline and the above quotes from Rihanna combine to portray her as a very irresponsible role model. How can she say that she “represents a voice that isn’t heard” and then turn around and say that a relationship with a guy that treats you well is “boring.” According to  Women Aid 1 in 5 women  in Ireland have experienced domestic violence by a partner or ex-partner. Let’s just hope that the readers of Glamour understand that a boy who hits a woman is not a “bad boy” , a boy who hits a woman must be stopped, not assigned a label that offers to make  it acceptable in society.

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