modest proposal

A generic bit of Metafilter agitprop announces that cockfighting is to be a felony in South Carolina, but domestic violence remains a misdemeanor. This leaves us with the comical impression that chickens are more valued than victims of domestic abuse.

Silly. The law cares about money. The reason cockfighting is a felony is that it’s a gambler’s sport; no one in South Carolina cares which birds claw each other.

The solution here is obvious; get the bookies to make odds on domestic violence. Or, better yet, have spouses and partners go at it before audiences. “Two points on the lady wearing #43, she’s got some muscle on her!”

Result: domestic abuse would become a very serious crime immediately!

5 thoughts on “modest proposal

  1. Why is domestic abuse legislated different from other kinds of generalized hitting of people? Is it somehow worse / not as bad when you live with the person you’re hitting?

    1. Domestic violence had to be made a separate crime because people beating on each other at home wasn’t being prosecuted.
      Because a lot of people still tacitly approve of beating on each other at home, it’s often not treated as seriously as fisticuffs at the local bar.

  2. Or, better yet, have spouses and partners go at it before audiences.
    Yeah, except they already do that. It’s called daytime TV.

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