Let me say straight out to start that I’m really really hoping that I’m addressing this issue in a respectful way, and that I have nothing but contempt for domestic abusers of all stripes, and that victims deserve support and respect.
This was inspired by an entry on TV Tropes about the card game Magic: the Gathering:
To make something clear, both Garruk and Liliana are planeswalkers, masters of magic so powerful that they’re about as close as you can get to gods while still being mortal. Also, if you couldn’t tell from the art, Liliana is also pretty evil. Finally, the TV Tropes entry is under the category of “YMMV,” meaning that one person’s reaction is not necessarily another’s. I proceed on the assumption that there were sufficient people who thought the way the entry describes to elicit some kind of reaction from Wizards (of the Coast), the publishers of the game.
The train of thought this brought to mind: is there a way to depict men and women in physical combat in a way that does not “[resemble]… domestic violence”? There is a major stereotype in our society that men are always, always stronger than women, and it’s caused a lot of real life problems, but I’m talking about the applications to fiction here. There are a lot of factors and complications to this, but I think (hope) y’all are well read enough to know what I’m getting at here.
Thoughts, either on this particular situation or in general?