Friday, September 30

The Catalan Audiovisual Council warns about TikTok videos that normalize sexist violence

The Consell de l’Audiovisual de Catalunya (CAC) has warned about the presence of content on the TikTok social network, starring young people and adolescents, who present women as sexual objects subjected to a dominant male role.

In a report, the CAC analyzes 15 videos broadcast on this social network and concludes that there is content on TikTok that “belittles and uses degrading language towards women.” The videos, the document abounds, have an adolescent and young group as an audience, which “perpetuates a model of affective relationships based on inequality and machismo, which can contribute to normalizing sexist violence.”

The CAC also notes that TikTok has carried out various awareness-raising actions against sexist violence and to promote good practices, but also that some users, including several very popular ones, disseminate values ​​and attitudes that normalize sexism and sexist violence. The Consell gives as an example the song composed by an acquaintance tiktoker that says: “I go into the club, it’s full of kittens, I’m looking for which one is my favorite. I’m a hunter, they all watch me, look at that babe, today I’m finishing her off. Another trophy straight to my showcase”, which has 806,300 views.

The CAC emphasizes that the videos analyzed have a very high audience, the tiktoker The most popular of the sample reaches 35.8 million followers, but it also highlights that the majority audience of TikTok is very young. Specifically, 37.7% of children between 4 and 15 years old would be users of this network, despite the fact that according to the rules of the platform, users must be at least 13, but there is no system to prove it.

The president of the CAC, Roger Loppacher, has said that “it is necessary to combat any content likely to show contempt and degrading language towards women.” Likewise, the council recalled the need to sensitize citizens to this type of content and is committed to fostering a critical spirit of citizenship, especially minors. For this, schools already have available, through the communication education program eduCAC, a set of materials to promote a critical view of audiovisual content.