I love Planet Fitness, but I do not love that on their numerous TV's located throughout the gym I see so much violence towards women and animals. For example, and this isn't a cultural slam as domestic violence is in all cultures, the Latin soap operas show men raping, beating up and abusing women, and I see this every other day that I'm there, seriously...see this all the time. Those shows display women as powerless objects being batted around and violated on the daily and I’m sick of it!Again, not a cultural slam, but it is on the TV labeled as "Spanish Channel" at Planet Fitness where I see this all the time. Obviously, gender violence goes on in the world far more than anyone wants to think or talk about, but I have a huge problem with how it is propagated, glamorized and normalized through "entertainment." Not only that, the TV cooking shows glamorize creatures being boiled alive, other "informative" shows I've seen there normalize the harsh treatment by human agricultural workers toward animals in factory farming. The thing is people watch this stuff and it sinks in on a subliminal level as well as other levels, it becomes normative, and can even be teaching people how to behave and this needs to stop. I'm contacting Planet Fitness and asking them to set their environment up to be congruent with the "bully-free zone" they advertise themselves to be. Please join me.
If anyone needs a 450-character blurb that will fit into their contact message box you can use this:
"The violence towards women and animals displayed on your TV's is incongruent with your bully-free zone message. This isn't a cultural slam, but the Latin soap operas show men raping, beating up and abusing women, and I see this all the time. Those shows present women as powerless objects being batted around and violated on the daily and I’m sick of it. The thing is, these actions become normative when glamorized through "entertainment." Stop now!"
Sadly, there isn't enough room in the message box to include criticism of the violence towards animals, but that can be addressed through other avenues such as the phone, letters, and I voiced my concerns in person to the folks at work and they said they would tell their boss.