What We Missed

Feminist groups call for Japanese officials to create legislation that outlaws video games that glorify sexual assault.
The American University student newspaper issues an apology for publishing a column that called date rape “an incoherent concept.”
Listen to this awesome podcast on Feminism and Buddhism for Transformation by Ouyporn Khuankaew. (Thanks dad.)
The “mommy track” turns 21, and Angie Kim’s not sure that’s such a bad thing.
Guernica talks to the amazing Alice Walker.

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  • Brianna G

    Eh, I don’t buy that “The idea of banning [video games depicting rape], or telling people what they can and can’t do just because on the off chance some kid might get involved with it is just ridiculous.”
    I think for free speech to happen, we can’t really say they can’t make it period, though we could say that making images of children in sexual poses was child pornography. But what Japan COULD and SHOULD do is prevent SALES of it. People don’t make video games to give away for free. Take away Illusion’s ability to make money off these games, and they will return to producing more marketable content for fear of losing all income. Illusion specializes in gory and sexualized games, but they do have one or two titles that, while not exactly free of sexism, do feature consensual, adult sex without violence. Take away their ability to make money off violent sexual content, and they will return to other games.

  • Brittany

    I have to say that I’m against outlawing games that have sexual assault in them such as RapeLay in America (although I’m aware that’s Japan).
    We can’t let our personal feelings get in the way of freedom of expression/art because of the majority disagreeing with it. UNLESS there’s credible proof that those games increase the chances of sexual assault, then they should stay on the shelves. Japan has an ABUNDANCE of rape games/comics as well as comics with underage girls in them, and Japan has some of the lowest sexual assault rates in the world. I’m inclined to believe that these games don’t roll over into real life unless children are playing them (in which case that’s the fault of the parents), and we have no right decide what should and shouldn’t be banned unless we’re willing to risk all of our rights being taken away. Should we allow the desires of the 51% to snuff out the 49%?

  • fsu

    A 15 year-old girl in South Hadley, MA has committed suicide because of bullying and harassment.
    “Prince’s parents and friends say she was chased to her grave by a gang-like clique of her peers that launched a three-month campaign of harassment and slander against the teen after she briefly dated a popular football player. The attacks she suffered were by all accounts particularly vicious, and included everything from being called a “druggie” and a “slut” to being stalked by “gangs” of girls who at one point threw an energy drink at her head.”
    *Sigh* Of course there was slut-shaming.

  • hellotwin

    You know, after visiting DC policy schools and reading this in AU’s paper and an article in Georgetown’s paper about the crappy status of women on their campus, I’m glad I’m staying right here in Minneapolis for school. I have NO IDEA how that was even allowed to be published…

  • http://id.achelo.us/tom

    The problem with the concept of a ‘mommy track’ is that it assumes that work life should be so consuming as to preclude having an actual life.
    There should be no need for a ‘mommy track’ because it shouldn’t be normal for people to be slaves to their jobs to begin with–corporate serfdom should be opt-in, not opt-out. Kim touches on this a bit, renaming it ‘the sanity track’, arguing that more jobs should be flexible and pointing out that ‘male executives’ (this shouldn’t apply only to executives and lawyers, please) desire ‘flextime’ too. It’s backwards and strangely condescending to act like the only excuse for wanting to “work less than 45 or 50 hours a week” is that you’re a ‘mommy’.

  • Brittany

    No way should images of fictional children be considered child pornography. It’s not harmful to anyone, nor does it increase the chance of the person viewing it to go out and do it to a real child.
    As for RapeLay, Japan should not ban the sales of it. Stores have the right to not sell it, but people also have the right to buy it. Just because content is questionable does not mean that it shouldn’t be for sale.

  • Libbierator

    Okay. I like the “mommy-track” article – fourth link from the top, “Angie Kim” – not least because it exposes the stupidity and stressfulness of the American work “ideal”. For everyone, not just parents, and certainly not just mothers. And I like the solutions they propose, and the general viewpoint of the writer. I agree with the ending phrase – the sanity track, for sure!
    However, I really, *really* don’t like how they talk about feminists. Second paragraph of the article: “And then the feminists pounced.” Because, you know, that’s what those crazy hairy lesbian yelling angry feminists do. Wait around for “normal people” to do something that might possibly shame women and then ATTACK THEM WITH ALL DUE FORCE.
    Or perhaps we are “normal people”, too, who really, really want to be able to live our lives in peace. And that’s it.
    I’m flirting briefly with the idea of posting this comment on the article itself, but you see, I don’t like getting yelled at by those “normal people”. I was just thinking about that while posting this and then realized how significant my hesitation not to post on the actual article is. I don’t want to be yelled at, either. And I don’t like being framed as someone who likes yelling at people, because I’m actually a pretty quiet person. Who believes women have rights. I don’t like being told who I am based on someone else’s idea of me.
    Sentence in the last paragraph of the article: “The mommy track needn’t be the dull fate feminists predicted—and, increasingly, it’s not.”
    Er…I didn’t predict anything. Can we just stop putting people in groups? Please? I would much rather be treated as an individual than as a stereotype of *any* group part of me happens to fit into the box of in anyone else’s mind. And I have little doubt that that is true for – if i may – all people. Wanting respect, and recognition. I hesitate to say “all people” on anything, but I’m going to go for it on this one.
    REALLY pissed me off, those two lines. Yeah, it does make me angry when you say I’m angry all the time. Maybe if you didn’t do that, I wouldn’t have to be.
    (that being said, I am also the one that controls my own anger. But I wanted to make that point, anyway.)
    Also, the Buddhism/feminism file isn’t playing and I’d like to hear it – any chance there’s other links for it?