Sometimes, human beings disgust me.
(as read on Hipster, Please)
Like a lot of people, I’ve been known to look at porn. Sometimes even the freaky stuff. I generally support the right of any human being to enjoy whatever means of entertainment they like, even if it’s something I might find distasteful, or, hell, even grotesque.
The line has to be drawn somewhere, though; and I believe that line should be drawn at (well, before, really) fetishizing rape or abuse. Porn is already skewed toward the devaluation of women as human beings- sad but undeniable. I’m willing to accept that there will always be some people who take that to heart more than is healthy.
However, when Amazon starts offering rape-simulation games, it’s a pretty clear sign that something is amiss. I think it’s pretty hard to justify the existence of such a thing, let alone its availability through a major retail outlet; especially one perusable by children and teenagers. I was adversely affected by exposure to pornography as a teen, and that was just Playboy- the most innocuous stuff available. It started me on a path that took a long time to find my way back from. I eventually came to see women as people again, but what if I’d encountered something like this “Rapeplay” game during those developmental, impressionable years? I shudder to think.
I’m not against erotica, and I’m not necessarily against it being part of a young person’s sexual awakening, but as a society, we need to be a little more responsible. Even as adults, can we really justify something this egregious? What possible benefit can there be to playing a game that glorifies the mistreatment of women?
Now, I hear the argument coming- “We let kids play GTA, God of War, FPS games, etc; and run around killing and stealing, what’s the difference?” And that’s not totally invalid. But I know I ran around shooting Nerf guns and Lazer Tag guns and anything else I could pretend was a gun as a kid, and I don’t have any urge to shoot people today (well, except with Nerf guns, which I have a considerable arsenal of). Pretend violence didn’t make me more violent. Pornography did give me unhealthy ideas about sex and relationships. I only have the evidence of my own life to point to.
But c’mon, really? A rape simulator? Can we just all agree that’s fucking fucked? I mean, seriously fucking fucked.