Equality Now: “Unprecedented” Criticism Over Eroge Ban

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Pro-censorship feminist group Equality Now’s latest crusade against freedom of expression took the form of an attack on Japan’s eroge industry, causing the industry to censor itself in a futile effort to dissuade politicians from harassing it any further; however, the group itself admits to receiving “unprecedented” criticism for its meddling, which it characterises as “hate mail”.

It appears the reaction to the group’s campaign has been most unfavourable, so much so that it has desperately attempted to refute the criticism by its usual expedient of failing to present any statistics or factual evidence in support of its claims, save the specious propaganda other feminist groups frequently publish.

The group’s whimpering response can be read below:

Since launching Women’s Action 33.1 calling for the withdrawal of RapeLay, a rape simulator game produced and sold in Japan, and for the Japanese government to effectively address violence and discrimination against women, Equality Now has been inundated with responses.

Many have been positive and have come from women and men in Japan and around the world in support of the Action. Some have spoken about their own experiences and the negative impact they feel this form of hentai is having on women and girls, who have become increasingly targeted with sexual harassment.

Sadly, however, Equality Now has also received an unprecedented amount of hate mail, including death and bomb threats. Many of these messages have referred to statistics of rape in Japan that are reportedly far lower than in the U.S. for example [such as these].

Equality Now does not believe it serves any purpose to excuse crimes in one country by pointing out that there are more in another.

In addition, women’s rights activists in Japan inform us that the numbers of reported rapes are not likely to reflect the actual incidents of rape in Japan. It is also difficult for women in Japan to report rape because victims have little faith in the criminal justice system and are worried about the stigma attached to rape.

This was also reflected by the United Nations Committee that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

When examining the report of the Japanese government in 2003, the Committee expressed concern about “the prevalence of violence against women and girls and about women’s apparent reluctance to seek assistance from existing public institutions.” The Committee also noted that “the penalty for rape is relatively lenient.”

The fact that there are women-only carriages on Japanese commuter trains due to the high prevalence of groping and sexual harassment faced by women in Japan also highlights the need for the government to actively address violence against women.

Banning extreme computer simulator games that promote sexual violence and harassment such as RapeLay would be a step in this direction.

A large portion of the hate mail and threats we received not only underlines the profound misogyny that is prevalent among consumers of such games, many also conflated Equality Now’s campaign to the opposition to sex. Rape and sexual harassment are forms of violence against women and girls and can never be equated with consensual sex.

We ask that you continue to write to Illusion Software asking it to fully withdraw RapeLay [sic: RapeLay has already been withdrawn] and all other similar titles and to Amazon which also sells similar games promoting the rape, sexual assault, stalking and molestation of women and girls. Please also write to the Japanese government urging it to comply with its international obligations under CEDAW.

You may also find it useful to contact Equality Now directly about their continued attacks on freedom of speech in Japan and elsewhere.

You are of course invited to explore the scant validity of their specious claims in the comments below.


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    Comment by Atma
    10:45 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    "Unprecedented" my ass. They had to know what they were getting into. How could they NOT know? You try to censor anything, people are going to bite you in the rear for it. And rightfully so.

    I'm a woman. I could be considered a classic feminist, wanting equal, and only equal, rights. Both the good and the bad that come with it, spare nothing. I fuck up? Give me an equal jail sentence. I do something cool? Give me an equal reward. Nobody is superior to the other.

    Want to fight sexual violence against us girls? Then fight the actual IRL crime. I play eroge. Do I want to actually rape anyone for real? Not in the least. I play violent games. Do I want to murder anyone? Not at all. Give me facts, please, ladies, and stop making us sane females look bad.

    I can defend myself on my own just fine, thanks. Maybe you should learn how to as well and quit expecting others to hand everything to you on a silver platter.

    Comment by SCB
    12:02 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I sent them this. I don't claim to be well-written but it was, at least, true to how I felt.

    -

    As a woman, I am deeply offended by Equality Now's stance. You seem to believe that fantasy means reality, and that there exists some kind of thin line between them. That is not true. Books and movies covering sometimes offensive content doesn't mean that they should not exist. If that was true, then someone or reading watching a book about a movie with a murder in it would make them a murderer.

    I've always believed in equality for the sexes, and I see more and more racism aimed at males lately from so-called openminded women and I think it's disgusting. I've had no problem reading books, playing games, or watching movies of an adult nature because I can appreciate that it's not real. In many cases, it actually reduces violent or sexual crimes because it gives a catharsis of feeling. Equality Now seems to think a simple simulation will send the entire population into porn-addicted decline, and that simply isn't true. It's just that interactive videogames are the latest target of the media watchdogs.

    Oddly enough, it's nothing new. Groups like yourself have been crying and wailing that everything from novels (the protests of the closeminded, nearly 100 years ago), to movies, to radio would "pollute the minds of the youth." I have to tell you that you're all hypocrites and you should stick actually trying to acheive REAL equality, not censor and protect non-existant women. Or can you not understand that a drawing or a 3d computer graphic isn't real? Instead of trying to suppress that, why don't you encourage harsher punishment for the REAL rapists? You even said: When examining the report of the Japanese government in 2003, the Committee expressed concern about “the prevalence of violence against women and girls and about women’s apparent reluctance to seek assistance from existing public institutions.” The Committee also noted that “the penalty for rape is relatively lenient.”

    Why don't you work on that instead of just whining and pressuring an industry that offers an alternative to the true cruel crimes of perverted men and women?

    Sincerely,
    A female representing the drive for real equality

    Comment by youwish
    03:26 24/07/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    ironically though, I have a sneaking feeling they'll delude themselves into believing that all these rational letters have been written by guys who seek to stifle their efforts

    Comment by Endeavor
    12:28 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I surely agree with you in that, I consider these games as dreamscapes that prevent more people from committing crimes. People that have rape fantasies have another alternative, eroge instead of real rape.

    It's really gratifying to hear several women are against Equality Now's view.

    Comment by Andres
    21:26 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    you are totally right Anon, they won't value the opinion for males, and they want equality how ironic

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:33 24/07/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You do realize that you don't have to bring up your gender (or that you could lie about it), right?
    Anyways, I doubt that they'll listen to you either way if you are expressing criticism.

    Comment by bgsm
    01:10 25/07/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So true.
    I'd doubt if they'd even read all of their "hate-mail". tl;dr

    In their next statement, they'd probably never recognize it's existence. So much about equality..

    Comment by Anon
    13:07 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    sadly, the only opinions that will affect them are other womans s opinions, since any mail from any male will be qualified by them as "mail from a sex addicted/rapist/pervert/u-get-the-point" unless its to support them, what doesnt happens anyway. More girls like SCB or Atma should send them their opinions, cus if they have any actual intentions of actually thinking in helping womans, only mails from actually thinking womans will make them recapacitate about what they are doing wrong (im sure i made a typo there, but idc, im sleepy)

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:29 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's called sexism, not racism. Racism is against race, sexism is against a sex, no matter whether female or male.
    That said, I applaud you. I too am a female who could be called feminist, where feminism is defined as making females EQUAL to males, which obviously also includes giving men social rights that previously were considered women's social rights. Like male parents who actually care a lot about their kids getting respect rather than ridicule or belittlement, and so on.

    While I do think that yes, what you consume mentally does effect you, but not in the "what you eat is what you are" kind of way which "inEquality Now" seems to think, and am strongly against censorships. The only people who are going to play rape game after rape game and then go rape people are the same as the kids who play nothing but western guro games and then go and kill IRL: Already fucked up for completely different reasons and need help, not censorship. A well adjusted individual who plays a violent game or rape game isn't going to go out and do the same, it only happens when they're already fucked up and buy/download games they can use as point of reference.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:46 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Why don’t you work on that instead of just whining and pressuring an industry that offers an alternative to the true cruel crimes of perverted men and women?"

    Thank you! I was just about to write a letter asking that exact same question.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:16 25/07/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    ^ QFT

    Think like lawyers people. This is really important to our survival and our fight against radical extremist groups like Equality Now that try to operate within the legal framework. A legal framework that should have been created to protect everyone's civil liberties, not imprison them in some neo-Victorian conservatist delusion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:22 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually this is a very bad defense because you are basically saying that "We are rapist and if it wasn't for the game we would rape real women"
    So they can say that they were right for saying that the people who play such games are rapist,pervert,sex addicted dangerous people.
    No AM NOT gone a rape no matter if i played games like that or not. That, is the right defense.
    Don't give them excuses to step on. Think like lawyers people.

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    Comment by yuuna92
    04:41 24/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're completely right! I'm a girl too...and i want equal right too..but what these women are doing is completely stupid =.= They should fight the reality and not try to fight the virtual..

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    Comment by Drakanor
    02:22 24/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Way to go, Atma! except for combo chains, i am thinking this is the longest string of comments made from one single user so far on this site.

    and Kudos to your verbosity and ideals too!

    Comment by Webbmaster62
    18:14 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ATMA! ATMA! ATMA! I hope to god that Equality now stumbles across this site.

    Comment by MusicalNote
    05:10 24/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, you don't. They don't listen to reason and will try to call SanCom a "site which encourages rape, hate crimes, and the molestation of children."
    Insert shit storm here.

    Comment by Kuro
    01:49 24/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You go Atma!
    I could hug you right now, unless you said no.

    Idiots are more than happy to take our freedoms away if nobody stops them.

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    Comment by Ultimate Lurker
    19:31 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have earned my utmost respect. Nothing like words from a fellow woman to correct community of woman who thinks they are so righteous about protecting their own "race" and have to resort to turn their aiming board at the world of the 2D. And people were always saying about how screwed up people are who mix reality and fantasy together. I suppose this is referring to them.

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    Comment by Ponmaster
    16:43 03/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I respect a woman's right's however, what Equality Now is doing is nothing short of hippocracy. They chant equality, while still wanting to reap the benefits of being female.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:05 24/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    YukitoOnline: My friend they are just racists that talks about equality they don't care about the post you did...Try making a video to make sure that they know you're a woman..I will surely know that they'll listen to you more of you send em a video about what you have to say..Oh and make sure that you're not the only woman who does it

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    Comment by jinhong91
    17:56 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I really wish more women would say things like that.
    You cant really call it "Equality" if women gets the same privileges as any other men and still get less punishment should they be guilty.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:59 24/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why can't all feminist be like you. You, my friend just earned my respect.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:43 24/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon applauds you

    Comment by NoConfuciousAmI
    04:43 25/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon applauds you OVER NINE THOUSAND times.

    Fixed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:36 24/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Girl here too.

    I'm so agree with you Atma, i feel the same, i just hate very much that this lame bitches are doing shit to the freedom of speech for the oposite sex because they actually can't do nothing but whinning (i mean equalitynow) and yes, i agree with you too about equal laws and equal care, they should focuss in actual case of rapes of girls and boys, because it's well know that most targests of underage sex are boys, poor things. :\

    How they want to have "equality" if they just whinny about man.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:38 24/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So exactly like they do, create a quality cut and paste email then start spamming their inboxes with it. Show them what a real letter writing campaign is about.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:39 24/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    sry, I meant "Do exactly like they do..."

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    Comment by Cubanoman
    11:55 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    madame you deserve 1000000 internets

    Comment by Winterknell
    12:32 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    +1 more because you fucking deserve it.

    Comment by Tex Arcana
    12:30 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Atma, you're a credit to your gender. Moreover, you're a slap in the face to everyone insisting that women have to be coddled and sheltered.

    Credit where it's due, that's all.

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    Comment by yaku
    12:28 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Atma: to the point and no fancy words, can't help but love her comments.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:03 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You could send that to them you know.

    Comment by Kortaku
    11:03 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    +1 Kallen is so right...

    Comment by triipge
    11:04 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    thank you Atma.

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    Comment by Maikeru
    11:06 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Atma is good. I like Atma.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:55 24/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Atma is god. I like god.

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    Comment by Neferius
    05:25 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Atma is the holy-trinity of common-sense.
    Praised be Atma!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:23 10/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Atma is Brahma. I like enlightenment.

    Comment by mikumin
    11:06 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am a woman and I don't feel offended by rape games and such. They really should be more focused on preventing real life sexual crimes against girls, not 'saving' fictional, 2D ones.

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    Comment by Halconnen
    08:47 01/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    WRITE THAT TO THEM. This is important. Same goes for Atma.

    Guys that keep protesting just keep getting things spun around to them being promoting mysogyny.

    Comment by GM906
    11:48 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Another ++++! to you MIKUMIN!!!!

    Comment by GM906
    10:55 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    NICE 1!!!!Atma!!!!++++1!!!!

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    Comment by LunarSD
    11:09 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Atma, if you truly do have the passion reflected in your loquacious postings, why not help us channel it into decent, properly sourced, letter format [http://forums.yestofreedom.org/viewtopic.php?pid=172#p172]? You might be surprised just how many of us do nothing but complain impotently about these matters when the opposition are well-known letter-writing zealots who will never stop applying pressure and getting heard by the movers and shakers in Japan.

    Visit #yestofreedom @ irc.rizon.net and someone will always be there to help you write and data mine if you are finally willing to aid the cause. I'd sent you several PM's via your rpgamer account weeks ago that we were understaffed in the Eroge banning department...

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    Comment by MelancholyMomo
    12:08 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    “If you can't go around it, over it, or through it, you had better negotiate with it”

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    Comment by Drakanor
    02:15 24/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    when that fails, carpet bomb it.

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    Comment by ayu-kun
    23:28 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    when in doubt, C4.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:48 28/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Any idiot can blow up a building with enough explosives. Don't you wish you were that idiot?"

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:29 25/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "There are few, if any, obstacles known to Man which cannot be overcome by the proper application of high explosives."

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:50 23/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    when the nuke fails, point a laser at it(mining or stronger) for a few years.

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    Comment by Neferius
    05:39 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Has any1 noticed how all weapons and armaments bear phallic resemblance?
    Don't believe me? Just listen to this guy:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1_bvXMlxHs

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    Comment by vesper_nova
    06:30 24/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...and when all else fails, nuke it

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:42 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If, you can't go through it initially, then it's fairly clear that you didn't use enough explosives the first time round. Try tripling the amount. :P

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    Comment by Miroku74
    12:47 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's good to know the female half of the equation has such shining examples of pulchritudinous oratory! Bravo, hun! ^^

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    Comment by LunarSD
    18:49 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Someone here's been spending a little too much time in mspaint [http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=4&p=001708]?

    ^_^

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    Comment by Miroku74
    12:53 24/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, I didn't know that even existed. I just have that kind of vocabulary.

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    Comment by Hiroshi
    15:26 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    YOU GO GIRL!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:27 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow I'm late... Umm... Go Atma! I like your fiery passion against the illogical. ^_^

    Comment by B. Katarn
    15:59 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eh, +0.5 instead. You can't exactly say "Nobody is superior to the other."

    Someone will always have more strength, more intelligence, more resourcefulness, more luck (and so on) than someone else. Though the sum of the parts of each person might be close on average, there will also always be someone at the top and one at the bottom of the spectrum. The mentally retarded and the truly withdrawn, be they vegetable or mentally scarred, can never rise above the top, those who dedicate themselves to understanding in all ways and those who seek ways to overcome what blocks us today.

    That's how it is.

    Comment by Mr.x
    17:32 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    your fucking awesome!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:55 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ROW ROW FIGHT DA POWA

    Comment by MusicalNote
    13:28 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I salute you, Atma. I couldn't have said it better myself. Equality Now and other organizations of its ilk annoy me because they've stopped crusading for equality and have gone on the rampage for superiority and are sending mixed messages.

    Normally, it's those who think in the past that treat women like delicate, fragile teacups that if you so much as breathe in their direction they'll shatter. Now, it's the so-called feminists who are claiming that as women, we need to be treated like gentle creatures (while being treated like powerful deities)and handed everything we desire without having to earn it. They won't fight for a woman that wants to pay for the date, but they'll act as though it's a holy war in order to protect us from the 'evils of fiction!'

    On the subject of equal punishment, the article about the woman who stabbed her masturbating boyfriend and didn't even get charged with Assault With a Deadly Weapon really cheesed me off. If the man had hit her back, people would be more or less rioting for him to be jailed. No one is going to fight for an equal punishment to be placed on her as would be placed on a man who did the same thing. It disgusts me.

    Comment by Kyo
    13:31 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    100 points for gryffindor - I mean, for Atma!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:56 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dang, now I know why I lurved Kallen so much, here's why LOL

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:41 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This. This 9000x.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:09 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Support Atma all the way people~! this calls for a revolution! Atma FTW! leads us to glory and burn the imbeciles~!

    Comment by Sixo
    14:24 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nice one Collin :P.

    Comment by Amuris
    13:56 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    In life I consider myself quite fortunate, but that fortune does not carry over to my dealings with women. Most of the women I meet will openly mock me for using reason, saying that it doesn't apply to real life to use sources or demand a point is relevant for it to affect my decisions.

    I am happy to say my hope and expectations of women have just improved.

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    Comment by onitake
    17:56 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    can the strive for gender equality really be called feminism? i consider it a natural thing - more so with every year that passes. at the same time, i consider feminism more and more negative. while (some) people work hard to abolish discrimination, others try to reverse the balance, which is as bad as before.

    seriously, they call themselves "Equility Now"? what a joke!

    i'd love to see the day when feminist, equality and anti-discrimination organisations have outlived their purpose. but i doubt it's gonna happen in the next few decades. people still tend to keep their minds closed in fear of change.

    Comment by Booger
    21:27 23/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Otakus love a strong, HONORABLE character regardless of gender. Hence why Saber is so popular, a breath of fresh air among submissive eroge stereotypes.

    What people despise are manipulative bitches -- once again of either gender. It just so happens that Equality now has tons of manipulative female bitches.

    Comment by MusicalNote
    05:06 24/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Feminists aren't SUPPOSED to be "Female superiority" groups. They started out as the people that fought for our right to vote and for our right to work outside of the home and a few select vocations. Now, they're supposed to be fighting for equal pay for equal work and (in my opinion) equal punishment for equal crimes. Instead, the term 'Feminist' has mutated to mean these female supremacist groups that think anything longer than it is wide is the work of man, and thus, evil. There's still plenty of TRUE feminists, but they are afraid to mention it to anyone most of the time because of all the bat-shit-insane-penis-hating-biddies that dare call themselves by the same term. There's a new (in comparison to 'feminists' at least) term that's been adopted for those who strive for equality, but I can't remember what it is.








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