Equality Now: “We Should Censor Other Countries”

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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…

Via Yomiuri.

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…


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    Comment by faggot
    07:14 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    GB2 THE KITCHEN FUCKING BITCHES, GAIJIN FUCK YOUR FUCKING CULTURE, WE DONT WANT YOUR SHIT IN JAPAN, YOU FUCKING FAT UGLY BITCHES

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    Comment by KajunBowser
    07:17 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    These recent events have just lit the fuse on my rage cannon. I'm effin' sick and tired of these groups that seem to have some sort of self-righteous, misguided and probably politically motivated actions of this [In]Equality Now group. Haven't women in most of the civilized world have equal rights anyway, of course not counting certain countries where ancient law still have women under men's thumbs. They go after a raep simulation eroge from a country that has the lowest rate of any G20 nation in raeps, that also has regulations on porn and hentai that make sure no one of invalid age gets to them, let alone makes it a pain in the arse to get the stuff outside the country. Upon that, they do this in a country where laws have been established that protect women to the point where women can use the laws to frame some unsuspecting shmuck on a crowded subway car, and will hunt down a weird-looking guy for asking some little girls for directions.

    The thing is, they feel empowered being from a country that lieks the "change" that's going around and they want to impose it on other countries, with whom we have friendly relationships with (for now). They have clearly overstepped the name of their organization in trying to get RapeLay pulled from some store, if not banned. Then, after this alligator tears-induced victory, it goes straight to their heads. Remember, there are responsible feminists groups, and then there are feminazis like [In]Equality Now. These groups are the enemy of real free speech worldwide, slowly spreading a "soft tyranny" like venom flowing through the veins after a snakebite. It's time for everyone that loves the freedom of doing as they please (within reason), regardless of race, religion, nationality or political affiliation to start kicking arse for it, starting with this "equality" group.

    Comment by OigoMiEggo
    07:57 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ^agreed. We need to get the more reasonable feminist groups to realize the damage EN is doing to their cause so they too can go against them.

    Comment by AmericanOtaku83
    07:27 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I support women's rights, but come on. This is just a video game. None of it is real. And how can they censor other countries when we can't even censor ourselves? The Religious Right want's movies and TV to be like it was in the '50s: No color and no coloreds.

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    Comment by vesper_nova
    07:18 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    this is bull!!!

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    Comment by mechwarrior
    06:58 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This same group, in fact, tried to get GTA(3 onward) banned. History can tell you the rest. Dont worry, since they are feminists, most people wouldnt give a damn about what they say.

    Comment by Cerenado
    06:19 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know what? STFU!!
    Insensitive or not, I see this as annoying, and nothing else.
    I think that just the minority of their so-called "Organization" even cares about the Japanese Ero market.

    Comment by azumipwnsnaruto
    06:01 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was wondering why arent they fighting for something instead of strawmen arguements with rapelay since if I'm not mistaken laura ling of current tv is held in prison in NK now why equality now isnt worried about this female journalist is above me maybe they want to start small & insignificant targets before trying to get female equality in NK?

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    Comment by Shuu
    06:46 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Female equality is pretty much established in North Korea (as it's a communist country). They even have mandatory military service for females. What North Korea lacks is respect for human rights in general.

    Also, Equality Now does run projects on real and important issues (like eradicating the practice of female genital mutilation in Africa). Which makes it even sadder that they had to pick a fight with freedom of expression.

    Comment by Dynames
    05:47 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lmao that funny Feminist are just pussy munchers who want to mess things up for the rest of the people.

    they should just die or work on there husbands or something XD

    Comment by RanmaSyaoran
    05:51 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Equality Now... GET BACK TO THE KITCHEN =_=

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:02 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Though maybe you're being series, I'd like to think people who comment like that are just being silly and trying to make a joke (although a stale, old, and overused one). But it's really kind of counterproductive to say things like that either way (especially cuz it's not really funny anymore). These feminists have helped out people in the past that were in situations that needed their help. They're human, have rights (to live, especially), deserve to have their opinions, and are most likely acting out of well intentioned beliefs, as much as many of us would hate to admit it. The only kind of things that should be ridiculed here is their misjudgment, possible bias, hypocrisy, and resulting actions in this case.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:23 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can tell you're a female, since you're being butthurt over things that you really doesn't seem to able to grasp, to comprehend.

    I understand that some girls/moralfag males may be scared, but most people here agree with "normal" feminism ideals, as long they don't interfere with what doesn't concern them. They just don't agree with radical feminism, and are angry at it. This feminism and bitches we speak off are radical feminism and feminists.

    inb4 GTFO seriousfags/butthurtfags. This is Sankaku complex, don't expect people to not try to vent their anger and express serious, pondered, mature opinions which really reflect them and will lead to academic and serious debates of the topic. Know your place.

    Kthxbye.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:38 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't tell if you're male or female, you're just another fucking useless copypasta anon THAT CANT READ A COMMENT PROPERLY ENOUGH BEFORE RESPONDING TO IT! Fucking generalizing hypocrite, I'm on YOUR SIDE! *punches anon into a lamp post*

    Comment by Dynames
    12:56 15/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lmao you think?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:04 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hmm, that came off far more rough that it should have ._.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:58 15/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "deserve to have their opinions, and are most likely acting out of well intentioned beliefs"

    "Hell is full of good intentions or desires."
    -Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153)

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    Comment by asianprostitute1500
    06:34 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Womens' rights = EPIC LULZ

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:56 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Since when does the United States not make porn?

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    Comment by emc2trooper
    09:03 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    A profound statement, anon. I can't agree more.

    Comment by invincible
    08:51 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anti-free speech feminist equality MY ASS. This is such a dumb dip-shit that piss my off so much that I want to pound those SON-OF-A-BITCH until they freakin' go through the black hole. The Japanese poisoning the world? That is such an annoying STATEMENT. To be correct, the Japanese is the one to up lift this whole world. If you are against it, you are just a dumb BITCH FUCKER! There is no such thing as EQUALITY ever and if you do think that is, then you are just a FUCKER that leach off from your freakin' parent. People are fuckin' dumb that they blame things on other when they cannot support their ass. In this case, blaming Japan is such being a FUCKER. Erotic game are made for adult, and playing LOLI game does not make one become a LOLICON get that in your freakin' ugly head you dumb BITCH! If you don't like it, don't play it BITCH-ASS-FUCKER! Don't go ad ruin it for other ASSHOLE!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:45 18/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    uh, ^ you are just as extremist as they are, and its just as bad. if you want them to change, go about it intelligently. you're just trying to troll them on a site which evidence proves they never bothered to look.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:46 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can totally understand the existence of these feminists now. I've just basically read a bunch of comments here that are from the exact same kind of people, just defending a different side. It's too bad that if one of these feminists, one with a more open mind, wanders over here that person is going to see a bunch of butthurt comments full of stuff like "bitch" and "cunt" and "death to feminists" and assume we're all asshats like they are.

    But the truth just is, every group is full of a majority of asshats, whither it's the feminists or sankaku fans, which is why we're all doomed. Humans are a greater risk to humanity than global warming or any shit like that, and that's something we'll never raise alarm about even after it's too late.

    Fuck fighting these feminists, we've already failed when our group is full of such losers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:39 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    if it's from japan, why is complaining in america?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:02 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They shouldn't. Equality Now is just being an egoistic, self-righteous hypocrite.

    They are being stupid, plain and simple. The US Constitution itself protects freedom of expression, and those feminist Equality Now lunatics don't care about that apparently. Note they don't even bother challenging things of a similar nature in the US itself, because they know they can never win.

    Comment by Keirnoth
    08:57 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm seriously concerned about the amount of power this group is getting. Although freedom of speech is a right here in the states, I honestly think it should be a human right for the rest of the world. Equality Now! is doing (a much less toned down version) of what the Bush Administration is doing by sticking their heads into OTHER COUNTRIES' BUSINESS and dictating what's acceptable or not and by acting like we're the Mommy of the world.

    We're doing what we can do undo all of what was done in the past 8 years, but feminazi conservative groups like Equality Now needs to be fucking kept in check. If they win more and more of these international lawsuits, it's only a matter of time before they bring it back into the states and cause a commotion over here. Seriously, I'm wondering if it's possible we can get the ACLU involved in this issue.

    I wish I had some legal experience to do so, but this extremist group (which I think is in the same veil as the neoconservative far right and the far left Greenpeace treehuggers) needs to be stopped here in the states before these feminazis infringe upon the rights of American citizens. Next thing you know, they're going to be calling a ban on females in fighting games or whine about how GTA IV is absolutely deplorable for allowing you to buy hookers.

    Seriously, if anyone has any legal experience, they've got to be violating SOMETHING with their attempt at being the Mommy of the world, aren't they?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:53 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    For starters, if they pulled this off in the US, they'd be guilty in no uncertain terms of violating the 1st Amendment. Make no mistake.

    Not only are they trying to deny those rights, they are insolent and insensitive enough to bully another sovereign nation and indeed a different culture altogether that perhaps understands proper social structures better than they do -- a brief comparison of the crime rates alone shows this.

    At this point, they're just getting off on bullying others and feeling important over nothing, which is their entire goal, seeing as they can't and haven't done anything redeeming and of substance, like help solve war hunger or deliver some form of aid to disaster-stricken areas of the globe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:46 18/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    isn't there something, somewhere in the constitution the stops us from trying to deny others these rights?

    Comment by kyo
    08:59 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope it doesn't reach Indonesia. The showbiz here would collapse! Please do not censor my Inul. Please please pleaase

    Comment by yol
    18:40 31/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Inul's an old fag! go and fap to Nia Ramadhani please. or Dewi Perssik...

    Comment by doitnao
    20:08 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you're truly concerned, start a local movement for the preservation of freedom of speech and expression, because this fascist wave looks like it's spreading like the H1N1 virus.

    Comment by susume
    08:34 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ah yes Equality Now, the Jack Thompson's of the World.
    May they suffer the same humiliating fate of Florida's moralist bully.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:24 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, there's a lot of misogyny here. I'm a feminist and I don't agree with Equality Now, but this thread is a clear example that women aren't wanted here.

    Comment by AmericanOtaku83
    09:43 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No offense, Anon, but most of the folk here are male. It's not that women aren't wanted here, but you know how guys are. I just think Equality Now just goes too far, much like the ACLU.

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    Comment by Shuu
    10:20 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not misogyny, it's just that many people here are extremely pissed off and vent their anger in saying things that sadly come across as misogynistic. It's a grave misunderstanding to think women are not wanted here. The only characteristic you must have in order feel at home here is an interest in anime, manga, H, and/or the occasional weird news.

    Comment by Dynames
    12:59 15/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i do agree whit your statement.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:40 18/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    don't forget yaoi for those who like it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:26 14/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're assuming that these people in this thread are all assuming that all women are horrible. Most people here are directing their attacks on the women IN THIS GROUP, Equality Now (though, one thing you can point out here is though, is that not everyone in EN is probably a woman). If someone says "cunts!", they're referring to those specific women, not women in general. In fact, next to no one has directed attacks toward women in general (and even if they did it probably wasn't serious), though some have generalized FEMINISTS, and even then most people use the word FEMINAZI to narrow down who they're referring to.

    Women are very welcome here. In fact, women coming here should be incouraged.

    Also let it be noted, there are women already here, and even feminists, who aren't/wouldn't hold back on wanting to call these EN women/people something unsavory.

    Comment by Ivory
    05:39 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Witch eroge/series is this image from?

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    Comment by TsubasaNoTenshi
    02:57 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Their movement is quite obvious and predictable. They naturally go by the idealistic beliefs of moral and society, but at the same time practicates partial Fascism quite triumphantly...

    One might wonder to what extent will this take matters.

    It is obvious that controlling the masses is an easy job for an organization having behind itself the certitudes of a possible utopia along with absolutely no background, evidence or common sense. They do not need proof, statistics, reality - They apparently go by the way of Christ...

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    Comment by Yggr
    02:55 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    >284 comments.
    Oh wow.

    Comment by Anon
    02:35 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder what would happen if someone posted a comment that outlined an agreement to this Equalitynow organization... I would disagree with them, but damn, I would sympathize with the coming beating...

    Comment by OigoMiEggo
    07:18 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pfft, give me one reasonable argument, and I'll rend it asunder with exponentially more reasonable arguments. There need not be a crude beating if there be a mental beatdown.

    Comment by kenshinflyer
    02:32 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Equality Now: "We Should censor Other Countries!"

    I read this as

    "All Your Base Are Belong To Us!"

    Yep, they aim for world domination.

    Comment by ginrai
    02:44 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    what japan poison the world!!!???
    what a bunch of hypocrite bitches,honestly if any country is poisoning other country's it is the USA,keh(look at the rising rate of crimes in central europe,et etc)!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:37 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It is foolish for them to test the wrath of the Internet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:15 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol. Yeah, just check their channel:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/equalitynowyt

    It's being raped.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:34 18/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ty for the link. i needed a laugh.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:38 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only one man can save us from the feminist forces. That man is Kenji Seto. Everyone pray for him so he can summon up enough energy for a Spirit Bomb to blast those feminists away!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:34 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    4chan our mighty ruler and god will deal with these lowlives......they will bestow the power of god UPON THEM!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:53 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks like we have a bunch of budding Marc Lépines posting here.

    Comment by MikeeUSA
    12:54 13/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah, December 6th: International Marc Lepine Day:

    Proper minimum observance:
    Burn a white ribbon.














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