Anti-free speech feminist group Equality Now has earned well deserved infamy with its suppression of adult game RapeLay, but now its legal representative in Japan (the group has no actual office there) has laid out the group’s position, claiming that Japan is poisoning the world with its filth and must be stopped, something we have heard before.
She puts it as follows:
“In Japan porn is insipid, finding its way even into the homes of common folk, and there is much depiction of rape in these works. For some years now, this has been a source of concern to overseas human rights groups.”
Her statement that “human rights” groups have been concerned about these erotic works is rather dubious considering Equality Now only appears to have heard about RapeLay after a UK rag recently broke a story on it during a slow news day.
She goes on to assert that it is proper for an American feminist group to be dictating what may be published in Japan, as Japan is poisoning the rest of the world:
“[The games may be made for domestic markets, but with the Internet they might find their way overseas.] It is thus becoming more than just a national issue.”
Heaven forfend anyone anywhere does something to offend someone in another country, as by this logic self appointed international moral guardians will have every right to force their governments to arrest them by a vociferous campaign of letter writing. If only reducing the rates of sexual assault in the US was so simple…
Considering that the game is actually perfectly legal in the US (though clearly retailers would be leery of it), and is subject to constitutional protection in both the US and Japan, it seems odd for them not to bother pursuing a ban of it and similarly “misogynistic” games (such as GTA) in the USA first, though this inconsistency seems not to have occurred to the group.
Alternatively, it may just be that harassing a small overseas publisher is considerably less risky for the group than attempting to tackle well financed and robust US publishers who understand the stakes involved…