“Videogames are not art. They are extreme pornography,” rants the UK leader of Equality Now in response to the notion that adult themes should be allowed in games.
Evidently still not done ignoring the plight of women under Islam in favour of promoting obscure titles such as Rapelay, Equality Now’s London head Jacqueline Hunt launches into the kind of moralist tirade which has already seen most fetish pornography banned in the UK, this time writing for a top leftist rag:
My organisation, Equality Now, has heard a lot from the fans of some of these games.
We highlighted the game RapeLay, produced in Japan, as one example of many that promote violence against women. In RapeLay the player manipulates an onscreen penis to simulate rape of a woman and her young daughters over and over again.
Our international campaign called on the Japanese government to ban games that promote sexual violence against women and girls. Fans of these games were outraged.
They asked us why we were targeting RapeLay when, they said, it was mild compared to similar available games. In Japan there is a whole genre of extreme pornography, known as hentai, which takes in cartoons and comic books as well as videogames. Imagery includes women and girls being molested, stalked and gang-raped.
We received hundreds of emails from around the world, many calling for our own rape and murder. “By the way, I played RapeLay (doing the 13-year-old was best)”, said one, referring to the pre-pubescent girl whom players “rape” in the game.
Incidentally, the individual responsible for the now widely quoted “doing the 13-year-old was best” quip was a Sankaku Complex reader who privately admitted he was merely trolling – a complete ignorance of even the basics of Internet culture on the part of Equality Now (perhaps not surprising considering their inability to accept any culture other than that of their own moral hysteria) seems to have caused them a great deal of trouble recently when they were caught lying about misquoted Sankaku Complex comments.
… If games such as RapeLay can now be classified as art, maybe the popular media promotion of sexual violence against women is so normalised that we don’t even pay attention any more. Does “killing” a prostituted woman in Grand Theft Auto just reconfirm to a gamer the “lesser value” of women in prostitution generally?
Certainly the UN’s women’s committee believes that gender stereotypes, including those of women as sex objects, and gender-based discriminatory attitudes, contribute to violence against women.
Will the players of RapeLay act on their threats towards us? It’s just a game, don’t threaten our free speech, say the fans who tell us to shut up or else.
Ironic words indeed, coming from the very people actively trying to force police in other countries to lock people up for exercising their own freedom of expression.
The inconvenient truth that sexual violence against women (for that matter, any kind of violence against anyone) is rare in Japan, and vigorously prosecuted when it does occur, whilst many western nations enjoy rates of all kinds of crime several orders of magnitude above those in Japan, seems to be something no feminist dares address.
Instead it appears they prefer the security of appeals to emotion and ignorance, which it seems groups such as Equality Now are in no short supply of…