Alison wrote: "Could we get back to the subject heading at hand -- the role that the media is playing in a purported case of domestic violence?" Actually, I thought that the original discussion had to do with O.J. etc. but the tack on domestic violence and media roles in pointing out and educating on the issue is a valid one. And I guess that it is important to identify all aspects of the entire problem, roots, effects, and proposals to deal with the problem. So it is to be expected that all of the postings have something to contribute, (though not always the message intended by the writer,) and that some of the items will anger some of the participants. It does get exasperating when some of the writers resort to "tactics" to get their points across. But it's all to be expected. Let's all try to get something positive out of the "discussion." Rod wrote: "Domestic violence is not just a male problem. It is a problem for both males and females. To suggest that presenting *these* facts is dangerous misses the point." I'll agree with you on this one, Rod. The problem of domestic violence is a human problem. As is the problem of sexual violence. The thing is that most of the "perpetrators" are male, and most of the victims are female. So it is natural for the larger voice to focus on the male abuser. In my opinion these two problems are corollaries of a larger issue, that of "human abuse." Society, for all its progress, is still far from recognizing all the rights and needs of humanity. Real empowerment has to do with respect, esteem, and opportunity, and more. It seems that these days media, (including film, music, and literature,) is more responsive to the almighty dollar than to moral responsibility. "Trends" are more of a motivation for producers than human empowerment. In such a light, the rights and needs of a person are secondary to ratings, or box-office receipts. What can we do? Discuss, educate, produce, and promote works that define and defend human rights. And expect some flak along the way. Thanks for the attention. Chad Dominicis, Miami, FL.