Due to any number of factors, possibly including a chain of events sparked by a recent hentai game called RapeLay getting a lot of attention in the foreign press, the entire world is now trapped under the oppressive heel of nationalist feminist socialism. Only a few, brave souls remain who have the courage and strength of their convictions to stand up to the forces of totalitarianism. These are their stories.
Let’s start things off by clearing up a common misconception.
What do you call someone who decides FOR you, WITHOUT you, and with their PERSONAL OPINION/FEELING/WHATEVER as the only concrete reason, what you are going to watch on TV, what you are going to play, and what you are going to read? Yes… say it with me…
[...]What was the point of the above? That once you start surrendering your freedom of choice without a reason, you will eventually surrender every and all freedom without a reason. Last time I checked, I was an adult. I can sign contracts, have other legal and economic dealings, have children, vote in a democratic state, etc etc. We’re talking about pretty serious stuff here, especially the part about raising kids. So the state comes to a supposedly responsible adult like me (after all, it was the state that told me I’m responsible for myself now) and actually DECIDES FOR ME what games I will play on my console or PC…? What books I will read? What music I will listen to? What movies I will watch? And why? Because some mentally challenged individuals, even when most research cannot support their reasoning, decide that doing the above will turn me into a criminal? Are we even SERIOUS? What’s this? Global fascism on the rise?
My favorite part of this entire hilarious episode is how many people wrote absolutely scathing rebukes against the improper restriction of artistic expression without having even a basic understanding of what they’re so upset about. If you click the Sankaku Complex article linked above the cut you’ll notice that the Japanese government did not ban anything. A private industry ratings agency called the Ethics Organization of Computer Software met and decided that they would no longer rate certain kinds of hentai games, meaning a number of vendors will stop carrying them. There may or may not have been political pressure involved, but no legal action was taken by the Diet.
That’s it. That’s the whole story. People will just have to get their rape simulators directly through the makers or through the massive unlicensed independent software market. The hero of 20-something Ayn Rand fans everywhere, Congressman Dr. Ronald Paul (OBGYN), would almost certainly celebrate this as a victory for self-regulation in the private sector. If this had happened in any other industry the guy I quoted would probably be smugly citing it as proof of the superiority of the free market and boring the shit out of everyone else in his “Introduction to Political Science” class (I’m assuming a little there but experience has taught me that libertarianism and rape games often go hand-in-hand).
In fact this is more like a victory for anyone with any taste or decency. The people of Japan expressed the firm consensus that games like RapeLay are disgusting and wrong, and the pornographic video game industry responded by removing those games from popular circulation. No one’s right to free speech was abridged, anymore than the rights of people who wear Crocs would be abridged if you told them they looked dumb as hell and they responded by voluntarily taking the things off.
I don’t play many games, let alone eroge. But these two articles; if true, means we’re all taking another step forward to having some asshole impose their personal brand of moral based regulation on us. I’ve held great contempt for feminism before, but I can’t begin to even believe what they’re pulling here. Fuck feminism. There. I said it.
Trying to ban everything isn’t a solution to anything. Just like that Rapelay game. Why do you want to ban it as if to say the game causes rape? Why are you trying to absolving rapists of their personal responsibility by trying to pin it all on some game. If playing a game causes you to go out to rape and murder then you obviously have some deeply rooted problem and should go get help. Even if entertainment with any objectionable content is banned, you’d have to wonder when people like this will finally snap anyways.
(you might think that I’m sad for being angry over not being able to have expression via eroge. Well I think it’s also pretty sad to have to live by someone else’s self righteous brand of “moral behaviour” of what I should and should not find entertaining. Plus it sets precedence for further rights limitations. )
It’s wild how many people on the blogosphere suddenly care deeply about human rights in foreign countries these past couple of weeks. Of course they don’t care that under Japanese law you can be held for up to 28 days without being indicted for a crime. Freedom of rape games is much more primary than the right to uh… everything else. They also don’t care about the many reports that during those 28 days police often solicit erroneous confessions, or that until recently Japanese courts had a statistically improbable conviction rate of more than 99%, a number that suggests a superhuman police force that doesn’t exist or a horrifying number of false positives. They care more about the right to play games in which they can stalk and rape their own pregnant sister than they do the right to be alive, a right that only three first world nations, including Japan, still do not guarantee.
If they really think that free expression is so vital to southeast Asian nations, they must really be upset about the recent move by the Chinese government to install internet filtering programs on personal computers. Or about the continuing detention of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese politician imprisoned for speaking out in favor of democratic reform. Or about the incredibly vile regime in North Korea, where you can literally be sent to the worst place on earth for saying a single word against Dear Leader and his Juche ideology.
Needless to say, no one I’ve quoted today has written a single word in their blogs on any of those topics. The only time they give a shit about human rights is when they directly affect first world white guys. Ironically, one of my dreams after law school is to work for the ACLU, the organization that constantly fights legal battles over things like the legal right to rape simulation, because I do believe in the right to free expression even when I don’t agree with what’s being said. Hentai games make me sick to my stomach, but I could very well end up legally representing the next American otaku to get nabbed for ~nubile milk lolis 7~, because I think that everyone deserves all of their human rights all of the time, and I’ll do what I can to fight for them. If my client is one of these bloggers, would they be able to say the same?
What us erogamers feared recently finally somehow came true. EOCS (Japanese adult game censorship regulations) in response to the (freak’n) feminists yappin’ released a list of things that will be banned to be in any eroge. The list itself is ridiculous since it includes things like girl or student council, what the heck is wrong with it? Most of the stuff in the banned list is things that we encountered in most eroge. If they were banned, what’s to be in an eroge? A typical school romance? C’mon, if all of them were like that, one company of eroge should suffice, and they should only released only 1 game in a year.
Assault Brutality Reverse Rape Girl Adultery Reverse Assault Compulsion Gangbang Student Council Bestiality Bondage Coercion Train Molestation Prostitution Incest Torture Binding Pregnancy Violation Slaves Pregnant Women Confinement
If you really can’t enjoy pornography without these things I’m just not sure what to tell you. Of course games with the themes in question will still be available through any number of channels, but I’d like to believe that looking at the list will make a few people really think about what they’re doing. Every item is a measure of control, either directly through handcuffs and coercion, or indirectly through underage victims and shaming through bestiality. These aren’t parts of healthy human relationships; they’re acts of sexual violence. Maybe seeing all of them lined up in a row will give erogamers a little insight into just why their hobbies are so disparaged by the rest of society. It doesn’t seem to have had that effect on the author though, who just wonders how he’ll possibly be able to enjoy pornography that doesn’t feature criminal offenses against women and girls.
But the fact is, you idiots aren’t just creating a valid “criticism” on the offensiveness of the said content, fact of the matter is, you guys call “bullshit” on such content not just with the intention of providing criticism, but rather you want to ban it because you don’t like the idea of having wank material containing rape. [Bold in original] You guys can’t even understand how to say “I hate this stuff but I respect its right to exist” and often end up spewing “I hate this stuff and I want this shit of existence.” [Italics in original] You may have a right to criticise the content, but to call for bans because it happens to be nasty, of bad taste, or catered to “that kind” of people, especially if it’s released in another country, is founded on an entirely different world of ignorance in and of itself. Period. That’s why the feminists have being going too far.
You want Japan to think of foreigners better and get over its own inferiority complex? I’ve got a good idea–Get over your own damn superiority complex and stop trying to act like you can impede on their own culture and influence their own lives/businesses. This might set a precident for some people in Japan–If a foreign activist can have influence on their own niche subculture, then they might think they’ll try to exert more and more control on mainstream media/culture. They have their own faults, we have ours–What right do we have to interfere in a society we don’t even live in, especially if nobody was harmed in the making of such content?
Guys like you are amongst the same asshats that call for a ban on everything labeled as “offensive”, “crude” and “obscene”, and people have [expletive] [Erratic self-censorship in original] gotten into JAIL because of it. You guys don’t seem to understand that the concept of freedom of speech happens to be designed to protect speech that may be against what the majority might think. Now you want something banned in a society that you don’t even live in or otherwise make any contributions to under the guise of “providing valid criticism”? Dumbass.
This poster seems to be laboring under the same false impression as the first blogger quoted, that the EOCS is some kind of Japanese legal body, something that I’m sure neither the EOCS or the Japanese government would appreciate. But the real reason he’s quoted is that he expresses by far the least sensible argument I’ve heard in this controversy: that because of the publicity stirred by the international organization Equality Now, the EOCS ban doesn’t represent the will of the Japanese people.
First of all, if you actually want to understand how this mess started you should read Equality Now’s statement, which points out that not only is their campaign against RapeLay in line with Japan’s signing of the CEDAW and its constitutional provision against sexual discrimination, but also that Equality Now is working in concert with the Japanese Anti-Pornography and Prostitution group. Of course the publishers themselves have characterized this as an attack from abroad because Japan can be pretty xenophobic, but the current PM, Taro Aso, is well known for not giving a single fuck what other countries think of Japan, and it’s pretty hard to believe that the Diet would give in to foreign pressure on an issue this minor and cultural (Aso later withdrew that particular remark but he is still certifiably crazy). I’m sure glorious Nippon appreciates the efforts of the Forums Foreign Legion to protest the actions of its lawfully elected representatives though.
But even if non-Japanese groups were solely responsible for all this controversy and the resulting ECOS ban, so what? Is this poster really suggesting that because of differing cultures, Japanese rapes are more acceptable than rapes elsewhere? I doubt victims would agree. There’s a reason human rights are called human rights, and not ‘rights just for white people.’ Accusing an international organization dedicated to addressing an international problem of cultural imperialism just because you happen to disagree with them is pretty short-sighted. You wouldn’t accuse Amnesty International of imposing their values on Iranians when they condemn violence against protesters there the same way they would condemn violence against peaceful protest anywhere else in the world, would you? Often, outside organizations are the only chance victimized groups have for reform; it’s hard to imagine women in countries where they are not allowed to leave the house or communicate with people outside their family without permission being able to effectively fight for their own rights (no, the situations are not directly parallel, but the point is that there is a need for solidarity among the oppressed that crosses cultural boundaries).
But anyway, this is the type of response I’d expect from a group like this. Equality Now is one of those extreme groups that will use any news or responses to justify their means, which in this case happens to be the blackballing of the Japanese into giving women more rights than they need to be given. The laws that women in Japan have on the books now are enforced to the letter (for the most part) and have, unfortunately, been abused by women whom take advantage of them. This is a fact that Equality Now blatantly chooses to ignore. They just see a rape simulation game, staged “rape” in Japanese porn, other eroge, and probably any hentai that’s produced in Japan as threats. This is due to some cases of such non-physical stimulation forcing men to act on real women (less than 3% of all cases, generously) and erroneous psychological studies overstating these cases. Because of this, this is their response:
“Many of these messages have referred to statistics of rape in Japan that are reportedly far lower than in the U.S. for example. Equality Now does not believe it serves any purpose to excuse crimes in one country by pointing out that there are more in another.“
Also, their information that women’s activist groups show more cases than what’s reported because they don’t have faith in the system? I don’t know where they get this from, being that Japan enforces these rules. Is it possible that some of these victims aren’t reporting these cases not because they don’t have faith in the system but because their actions go back to human nature: women perceiving themselves as weaker than men in a somewhat civilized society? Surely, this cannot be their reason for “fighting” against such things worldwide.
Frankly, Equality Now, much like the liberals that control today’s Democrats, the Quaker-like conservatives of the Republicans, or the Islamic terrorists that pervert the teachings of their religion, exhibit behaviors of the extremes on their levels that we see today. These women, whom could be called feminazis, are overreaching and any negative responses, such as bomb and death threats, just spur them on. Furthermore, they may not stop until the equation of natural order is reversed, men being the weaker sex with women taking the dominant position. Therefore, there are three (3) ways with which to stop them: 1) Give in like a bunch of pussies to their demands without an intellectual fight, 2) destroy the group of feminazis known as “Equality Now,” or 3) kick their asses in the courts of law and public opinion, forcing them to stop.
I honestly like Sankaku Complex, a news site that comes off as a lot better informed than the average blog but more relevant and timely than Anime News Network or other traditional sites. I also always thought the way they include articles about sex crime was tacit admission that a lot of anime and its fans are hopeless perverts and their obsessions have a real effect on real people, which would be a rare admission of responsibility on the part of the usually unrepentant otaku community. I link their articles often, including above the cut in this entry because out of the many reports I read theirs had the best grasp of all the relevant facts. Sadly, even with all the information they needed to understand how minor and how influenced by popular Japanese animus the EOCS ban was, they still put a xenophobic, misogynist spin on the story worthy of Fox News. This attitude carried over into their forums, where frothing reactionaries were quick to Godwin the hell out every opinion they could get their hands on.
I actually kind of like the idea that there’s some crazed cabal of manhaters that is responsible for this whole mess; I look forward to being issued my high-heeled jackboots. But it’s infinitely more likely that almost no one on either side of the argument really knows that much about feminism at all. The ‘enemies of free speech’ are normal businessmen, politicians and the laypersons who patronize and vote for those businessmen and politicians, and the vast, vast majority of them have never heard of Andrea Dworkin (neither have the otaku who oppose them, which is why they should stop demonizing a subject they know next to nothing about). You want to know why so many normal people wanted RapeLay and games like it taken off shelves?
HEY EROGAMERS! PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE HATES YOU!
You don’t have to burn your bra to object to a game that rewards the player for kidnapping and raping an entire family, then aborting the children you force upon them. In fact, the real objections probably come from the more right-leaning people, who don’t give two shits about women’s rights or free expression, and would just as soon see anything they find morally objectionable burned. Saying that I don’t support a real legal ban on these games probably puts me with the minority of Japanese citizens. Except for the few perverted shut-ins that play them, the people of Japan, just like the people of any other country, don’t like the idea of rape simulators. If you asked the average guy on the street, he would probably tell you that kind of thing is sick and they should just lock up the people who make them. Their reaction isn’t something inspired by the feminazis that seem to haunt Sankaku forum posters’ dreams—it is a visceral response based on the fact that these games are fucking disgusting. Most normal Japanese people, and most normal human beings in general, develop real relationships with each other based on love or money or social pressure or whatever. They don’t sit in their rooms and practice horrible acts on virtual women, and they find it disturbing that other people do so. The rape game defense squad just can’t get it through their heads, either because they haven’t been outside lately and don’t know or because they want so badly for it not to be true: no one but them likes rape games, and most people would rather that they not exist at all.
If in the coming weeks the Diet decides that the limp-wristed EOCS ban wasn’t enough and goes on to put actual legal retrictions on rape games, we can have a real, considerate discussion about whether or not these things represent a protected class of speech. I’ll look up some studies, read some articles, look for precedents in Japanese law. But it won’t make anyone I quoted today even a little less of an ignorant, self-important misogynistic jackass who flipped their lid about a country thousands of miles away taking action to protect people from being abused in the most terrible ways imaginable. And it won’t change the fact that whether or not the games are entitled to legal protections, no law can protect the players from being considered absolutely digusting by the rest of the society they live in.