Equality Now to DPJ: “You Must Ban Hentai!”

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Feminist censorship advocacy group Equality Now is launching yet another attack on “hentai,” vowing to make the newly elected DPJ administration ban any material it objects to.

Equality Now director Taina Bien-Aimé refuses to accept the industry’s extensive efforts at self-regulation and insists any “hentai” which her organisation objects to be banned outright:

The EOCS ban is simply not enough given the scale of extreme pornography and violence against women in the Japanese gaming industry.

We need a government-mandated uniform standard applicable to all hentai production companies that will make it illegal to produce games that promote violence against women and girls.”

Using the demands of the UN’s Women’s Convention (CEDAW), which it exerts inordinate influence over, Equality Now seeks to legitimise its own illiberal demands that Japanese people be stripped of their Constitutional guarantee of freedom of expression by camouflaging them as a UN treaty obligation:

“Post-elections, Equality Now’s campaign will continue to pressure the corporations as well as urging the new DPJ administration to comply with its international obligations.

The DPJ administration must understand that by allowing the violent hentai gaming industry to flourish, Japan is in violation of its international commitments to uphold the rights of women and girls.

We encourage the DPJ, as the new ruling party of Japan, to show early and firm leadership in the protection and promotion of women’s rights, including by the critical step of implementing all recommendations of the CEDAW Committee.”

Equality Now and CEDAW were merely emboldened by the refusal of the eroge industry to defend itself from their demands, and are already talking about a ban on any material, whether anime, manga, or game, to which they object.

Whether the DPJ will heed their demands is still an open question; as a leftist party, the DPJ does contain feminist elements more extreme than the LDP, but it also harbours many civil libertarians, and lacks some of the more moralistic elements found in the LDP.

Equality Now have bemoaned the “unprecedented” backlash against their efforts to impose their morals onto Japan previously, so it appears they are unhappy about being on the receiving end of what they mete out to others.

Those wishing to voice their disgust at this organisation’s relentless assaults on freedom of expression can get in touch with them via their site.

Answering the call for a more organised defence of artistic liberty from the puritanical forces of censorship, a new organisation, Yes to Freedom, is seeking to directly counter the hitherto unchallenged media manipulation tactics of Equality Now and their accomplices at CEDAW. You can learn about their efforts at their official website.

You can also find pre-written and ready-to-send letters of support for freedom of speech, of just the sort Equality Now uses to browbeat their targets into submission, on their letter campaign page.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    05:52 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's almost a defacto ban on kill off woman and children on screen in hollywood movies.

    A lot of movies show guys being blown away, but whenever it's a child being shot they'll show the guy firing the weapon, but only a toy the child was playing with or a doll that a girl was holding fall to the ground with a bloodstain or something. That's done often enough to make it on TV tropes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:52 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ran out of dishes to wash?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:49 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i bet they don't mind men rape

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:43 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So what's next? The portrayal of a woman getting killed in TV and Film to be banned?
    XD

    And on the rape thing, what about the eroge games and hentai where women are the instigators upon other females in a violent manner? Are those getting banned too?
    Last time I looked, there was A HELL OF A LOT of yaoi with men being raped and violated....but where are all the men of the 3D world protesting against this? Fact is, they don't give a shit because they just don't watch it or some like it.

    For me, it seems this just expands the line betweens genders and pushes women further from any kind of 'equality'. If you see equality as a form of 'mutual respect' between the genders.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:57 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah i bet you if there lot of pic and videos of men being raped by other men they would shut up. bet they got lot of them in their house damn bitches sort out real problems not 2d or 3d probs

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:04 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They just don't know when to quit, do they?

    Orgainizations like these are the reasons why we can't have nice things in this life.

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    Comment by Jack Russel
    06:30 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, they really have something against culture and freedom, don't they? It's quite sad they are using so much energy to ban drawings when they could use that energy to actually help a living, breathing, human organism. I understand why this stuff would offend them, but they can't go around banning stuff they dislike with no clear thought as to what the consequences will be and the people who enjoy this stuff. Not every living organism shares the same opinion as you, and you need to respect that, radical bitches. Seriously, just stop it, get help, get therapy. I think you guys really need it. ^_^

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:27 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i wonder when they're going to stop this "hentai ban" slogan. if they keep doing this almost every month and doesn't matter to them if they succede or not they just wasting the tax money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:23 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    there's like so many other places to invest their time into.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:20 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't think this will happen....banning all hentai is like trying to ban all regular pornography in America for example. Even if they did ban hentai...too many people know how to draw it in several countries that you can be sure it would still be circulating.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:39 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i work in a hentai magazine in Italy and i have to say this: why they dont think at other things? Like saving the poor kids that are dying in Africa or at the talibans killing our soldiers.

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    Comment by lovehate
    05:12 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGE

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    Comment by Ponky14
    05:21 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ahh fuck them all,those bitches need to learn what freedom really is,some people wouldn't need games like these if some women weren't such bitches,also,they want equality? fuck no they don't they just want to manipulate men by saying we are being chauvinists and don't give them respect.If u want equality you have to give some back bitches...I was a hentai gamer so I feel their pain... BURN!!! equality now BURN!!!

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    Comment by Unlimitedbladeworks
    05:30 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's not freedom they are after but "equality." Though their idea of equality is "men doing anything and everything women say." Truly a paradise on earth in their eyes.

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    Comment by ryuanesha
    07:06 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are pulling a sexist card that makes everyone feel guilty. Like pulling a racist card.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:04 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even if they do succeed it won't matter, because hentai will live on here in the USA and in other parts of the world. Face it femnazis , no matter where you go or what you protest...

    WE WILL DEFEAT YOU!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:21 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    -__- obviously japane never paid attention in world history class. The whole appeasement thing didn't work with Hitler, and instead of being sastified with a little, he wanted a whole lot more. Same with EN, give them one ban and they think they have the right to make any ban they please.
    Someone needs to tell them to stfu and mind their own damn business.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:31 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agnes chan a chinese idol is leading a campaign to help japanese women?

    Maybe she should do something about her governments treatment of it's own people and government dissidents.

    That bitch should have been shot at Tienanmen Square to take a bullet for someone that stood for REAL freedom.

    Of course it takes guts to try to muscle to Japanese government...if she tried to muscle the Chinese government, she'd be flayed alive and put up in that bodies museum.

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    05:30 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This proves that Equality Now is run by machines...

    Feminazi machine versions of SkyNet to be exact...

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    Comment by Unlimitedbladeworks
    05:28 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Geez Japan grow some balls and tell these bitches to shut the fuck up. Honestly what's the worst that could happen? The UN needs you way too much to kick you out or do anything significant.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:02 26/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only reason why Japan would actually listen to them is because someone or something important is being held hostage by the politically-whored terrorists known as EqualityNow.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:37 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its been 3 months since they showed up on Sankaku so I thought they were dead, but here they go again...

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    Comment by Rokudaime
    06:48 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I signed the petition aswell as sent the letter on http://www.yestofreedom.org/send-letters/ You all should do the same!now!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:28 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Proof that 2ch is spineless and is only brave when they can pick on small fry. ie, pointing out so-called-"plaigarism".

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    Comment by LunarSD
    08:13 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So, Here's Yes to Freedom's to-do list:
    http://core.nctritech.com/ytfwiki/index.php/List_of_Tasks_and_Task_Assignments

    IRC chat room: #yestofreedom @ irc.rizon.net

    Forums: http://forums.yestofreedom.org/

    I recommend adapting some bits out of the YtF letters I've written (also solace's Timeline [http://www.yestofreedom.org/2009/08/01/a-timeline-of-events/]) and sending them to anti-censorship feminist organizations that would probably be on our side.

    Most of the arguments our side can have are written in them, or otherwise findable somewhere on YtF.

    Also, Neil Gaiman has voiced support for deviant fiction [http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2008/12/why-defend-freedom-of-icky-speech.html]. Someone could email him, post on his blog to bring his attention to this, etc.

    The Internet's a big place. If any of you actually have connections with Neil Gaiman or Joss Whedon, consider using them productively to help bring their attention to what's going on.

    Here's an old post of mine that could give you ideas for how to approach things:
    http://forums.yestofreedom.org/viewtopic.php?pid=272#p272

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    Comment by LunarSD
    08:30 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anyway, that's what I recommend for pro-active things to do. What's on the YtF to-do list, letters to "good guy" fem orgs, convincing a celebrity to get involved and make a blog post or press release or such.

    Directly communicating with CEDAW or EN has proven useless.

    They're confused and frightened people who've forgotten how to be civil to one another and instead seek aimless bullying for comfort. What can you do? They're broken, compassionless, intolerant human beings. View them as a natural disaster that comes from humans just having to hate other humans because that's just what some of us do best. Think of approaches to protect against further mindless damage they will no doubt try to cause.

    Even if we ever fixed EN's or CEDAW's ability to empathize with their fellow human beings in equality, there would still be other fanatics with their own spiteful organizations to take up the sword again. It's pitiable, but that's life.

    Writing letters in Japanese to the affected Eroge companies, voicing your support and encouragement to them is not a bad idea.

    If we could convince them to take their tails out from between their legs and release some public statements explaining why EN and CEDAW are the terrorists they've proven themselves to be, then that would be a huge morality boost for the good guys. Yes to Freedom has a large database of arguments Eroge companies could repeat.

    This one stands out in my mind:
    "Banning such material would be unapologetically confining a law-abiding citizen under the pretense that doing so will help to prevent the thought, the fiction, from becoming reality. This is despite how most fantasy themes under review for criminalization involve silly mythological creatures (such as elves, fairies, angels, demons, aliens, etc.), and the erotic circumstances frequently have literally no plausible correlate in reality."

    -

    I've written basically everything I have to say on the subject of eroge/hentai censorship on the Yes to Freedom forums and Arguments page [http://www.yestofreedom.org/arguments/].

    What I'm saying is, this is my personal limit. I'm just repeating myself at this point. And I don't have time to repeat myself, especially when there's zero feedback from who we're attempting civil discussion with.

    EN and CEDAW are pro-censorship after all. It's not really a surprise they are incapable of civil discussion when their default response to speech and animated fiction they dislike is to censor it.

    The EN/CEDAW drama is a soap-opera of negativity.

    And seeing almost zero people show an interest in fighting back has only made it worse.

    The YtF website, to-do list, my above suggestions, and IRC chat are all listed here in this comment.

    If enough people join Yes to Freedom and prove Otaku can work as a team, I'll be there to help again.

    -

    If you don't like Yes to Freedom, consider supporting this guy: http://forums.yestofreedom.org/viewtopic.php?pid=242

    He was just as surprised as the tiny handful of us who made YtF were at how few people care enough to stand up against all this meaningless censorship, book-burning, refusal for civil discussion, bullying and uncivil Orwellian tactics we're all pretty sick of hearing from EN and CEDAW.

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    Comment by LunarSD
    08:35 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    In summary: I'm taking a leave of absence from Yes to Freedom until more people join the effort, and above is some info and ideas that future participants can use to pick things up again.

    -

    Somehow I'm more certain than ever that working to create AI with a more tolerance-receptive core behavioral architecture will bring the world closer to our goals than what we're doing right now.

    Here are a couple posts for anyone curious what I mean by that: this one [http://forums.yestofreedom.org/viewtopic.php?pid=266#p266] and another one [http://forums.yestofreedom.org/viewtopic.php?pid=277#p277].

    -

    Nevertheless, if a team ever really does assemble with solid goals everyone actually works toward, just tap your heels 3 times, send me an email, and I shall appear once again.

    Azarius, The_Pragmatist, Shuu and a few others know how to get in touch with me.

    Until then, some quotes:

    "A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual."
    - Vladimir Nabokov

    "Poets have to dream, and dreaming in America is no cinch."
    - Saul Bellow

    "We have art in order not to die of the truth."
    - Friedrich Nietzsche

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:43 26/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Have you actually told the idiots at YTF this? You know, to stop wasting their time trying to convince EN/CEDAW and convincing the Japanese companies/government to not bend over so easily?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:12 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow, I am getting sick of these bitch's what there doing is like giving a piece of paper and lead human rights, and being able too have a lawyer etc, they should stop messing with fictional paper and help real women out, helping fantasy paper is not going too help the real women who are really abused or live bad life. for the time they wasted they could've helped people who really need help, this organization acts immature and is retarded, and should not even exist etc. They act more like a cult or Nazi's.

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    Comment by Ukonkivi
    08:30 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Entartete Kunst indeed.
    And for a group claiming to be part of a movement that has always been associated with the left.
    They remind me of modern antifa declaring entartete kunst on nazi punk and declaring it should be illegal to be made and listened to.
    Though no matter how you dice it, feminism and antifa are supposed to be anti-censorship philosophies.
    I've had a lot of experience with bad antifas in my day. But that doesn't mean I'll turn around and declare anti-fa as bad. Antifa is still a Libertarian philosophy and I am a Libertarian.
    I think at this point one of the most antifa things I can do is listen to my nazi punk.

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    Comment by Tw@ Lecher
    08:31 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Listen here sweat cheeks (feminist bra-burners) Your mostly to blame for my interest is hardcore hentai! if U and your bitchy brethren didn't constantly cock block mans reality we wouldn't be looking at and imagining the "udder"(pun intended) domination, control & power "witch"(look another pun) by the way most hentai anime gives us. You've constantly destroyed mans will at every turn and are seeking to put a leash on our minds. Now, I do however applaud you for your freedoms that you've rightly earned. a major freaking line NEEDS to be drawn and personally I'll draw it at this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:07 26/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Power to those who dedicate every move of a pen to justice.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:07 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    you know this is pretty messed up, Hentai its a speech thing, being regulated on "non fiction" things is I just think its such a woman organization that is going too far, I mean sure yeah they standing up for women around the world, but really? non fiction girls 2? Then they better start regulating every single book and movies and stories coming out in the world because there will be talks of non fiction girls in those being offended 2 . . . .

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:07 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They fail in Afghanistan... enough said to their laziness to tackle real problems...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:13 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    To try to hide from your own fears and insecurities by persecuting others... there is no greater show of weakness than this. I don't weather I should laugh at them or at the insecure sexist kids around here.

    Instead of portraying themselves as strong and independent being who would bite your dick off and/or pluck out if you try to rape them, they end up portraying themselves as whining dogs who must rely on the (male dominated?) society in order to enforce the ideals that they themselves fail to uphold.

    To think that one can become so detached from reality when they don't have to fight for their own survival... humanity is truly disappointing.

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    Comment by Niwa
    07:33 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Welcome to the Real World

    ha I made a funny!

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    Comment by 19A25
    06:53 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I made this account just to post my idea. I will be sending a copy of 2 yaoi doujin depicting a man being raped by a woman. Yes I know the envelope will be thrown out as soon as they get it but none the less I'm willing to throw away some of my favorite doujin in the name of freedom! I encourage others to do the same so then maybe then they'll try to be more "equal" which will proceed to make them get laugh at even harder by not only men but bisexual men and lesbians, also by women bisexual men and gay men.

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    Comment by Niwa
    07:04 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is all ignorance and being prudes on Equality now's part but sending a message that doesn't screw over the opposing in the process is good enough for me

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:45 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They must give up!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:06 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why can't we just KILL THEM. It's annoying enough to have to deal with this over and over again.
    Show us your working Gundams, Japan, and blow up wherever these feminists are speach-ing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:03 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm a girl and I like hentai =3

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:49 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why don't we use tax money to create crappy "feminist porn" like the queen idiot of Sweden?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:45 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    why don't they just produce some shotacon rape anime so that they'll shut up. there's your equality now.

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    Comment by crink
    08:43 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    send them enzai

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:54 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They should have fought back immediately instead of complying with their retarded requests.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:16 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    where is 4chan and 2chan when you need them. Can't they mobilise against equality now and do something about this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:10 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    EqualityNow Hahahaha, right these people don't want equality. They want a totally female dominated society were ladies lead men around on leashes while making them walk on all fours and bark like the dogs they are. I for one will not stand for such indignity let us rise up my Sane Brothers and Sisters and put an end to this madness once and for all. DOWN WITH CENSORSHIP!!!! VIVA FREEDOM!!! VIVA REVOLUTION!!!

    But on a serious note I do believe in Equality and Civil Liberties and all that good stuff. But it must be true equality all the time not just when it's convenient. Equality in work, pay, crime, and punishment. No more saying "Well this or that isn't fair, I shouldn't have to do this cause I'm a woman." Well if you really want equality then you have to be willing to take the equal consequences of it too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:11 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're retarded.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:04 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am expecting cool Equality now vs Yes to freedom wars soon enough.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:26 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But Equality Now is an international feminist organization with ties to the UN and Yes To Freedom is one dude in his basement.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:28 25/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    A dude in his basement and a bunch of crazy old bitches.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:13 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Never underestimate a dude in a basement.











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