to feel scared for our girls when kicking prostitutes in a video game

(346 Posts)
Duckierub Tue 13-May-14 12:54:15

gets you more points.

Did anyone see the program about women's roles in video games? I was utterly horrified when I saw the imagery of how women are portrayed as sexual objects and kicking female prostitutes to get your money back earned you points. I was also shocked that the teen girls interviewed said it was normal for them to be molested by boys.

AIBU to think that we should be campaigning against some of this stuff?

fifi669 Tue 13-May-14 12:58:53

Grand theft auto?

MrsWinnibago Tue 13-May-14 12:59:55

YANBU.

Imagine if it were kicking ethnic minorities. Sexism to that extent should be a hate crime.

Duckierub Tue 13-May-14 13:00:00

Yes, I believe so.

MrsWinnibago Tue 13-May-14 13:00:37

MN should get on something about it...a campaign against violence towards women in video games. HUGELY important.

Twobusyboys Tue 13-May-14 13:00:56

Yanbu
I cant believe that is an actual game.

TwllBach Tue 13-May-14 13:02:49

DP played that game when it came out and I was genuinely taken aback by how vicious it was, and the appalling language.

What was even worse was that I was teaching eight year old boys at the time, and I would routinely overhear them talking about it too.

AnotherTeacherMum Tue 13-May-14 13:02:51

I also think a campaign is needed...

MrsWinnibago Tue 13-May-14 13:04:51

Ooh good TeacherMum that's a few of us so far then...any more agree that there needs to be a campaign about this? If we get enough people agreeing then we can approach MN about it. Might take a few days of thread bumping mind.

Duckierub Tue 13-May-14 13:06:52

Can anyone find a link to the one I'm talking about? It was awful!

MrsWinnibago Tue 13-May-14 13:09:52

This one

Duckierub Tue 13-May-14 13:12:41

There was a video with a driver purposely running into a girl until she was dead, then kicking her in order to get his money back.

What aged children will have easy access to this kind of stuff and what message about women does it send?

sarinka Tue 13-May-14 13:14:25

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

kissmyheathenass Tue 13-May-14 13:14:36

God, its disgusting. Ds, 14 isn't allowed GTA games but many of his classmates have them. It makes me want to weep for my daughters, sexism is alive and kicking (no pun intended).

Imagine if it were kicking ethnic minorities. Sexism to that extent should be a hate crime. this from Mrswinnibago sums it up nicely.

thatstoast Tue 13-May-14 13:14:53

Grand Theft Auto 5 is an age restricted purchase and not available to under 18s. Unless an adult purchases it for them, of course.

Amrapaali Tue 13-May-14 13:15:08

I am on board. I've never played a video game in my life, but that is just sickening. How do we begin this campaign?

Should we first get enough people interested?

MrsWinnibago Tue 13-May-14 13:15:31

Duckie I think the worst thing is that many kids, especially those with older siblings will have access to this game...sometimes their parents know about it and see nothing wrong in it because "it's just a game" I'm talking under tens.

MrsWinnibago Tue 13-May-14 13:17:27

Amrapaali the best thing to do is to get many Mumsnetters in agreement and then approach Mumsnet HQ about it so they back us in an official campaign...that means a lot of media attention such as that garnered by Let Toys Be Toys and "This is My Child" which are both successful campaigns which began on this site.

Coffeethrowtrampbitch Tue 13-May-14 13:18:00

I agree it is disgusting but as has been pointed out it is an 18 rated game and should only be available to adults who understand it is fiction.

I'd back a campaign to inform parents what could be in the 18 rated games they buy their DC, as I'm appalled at 8 year olds having access to this.

MrsWinnibago Tue 13-May-14 13:18:35

Toast even so...it's completely unacceptable...even if the age restriction were in any way enforceable...which it is not.

SabrinaMulhollandJjones Tue 13-May-14 13:18:36

YANBU.

This is what happened when Anita Sarkeesian spoke out about sexism in video games

Kind of proved her point about misogyny in video games, didn't it?

Duckierub Tue 13-May-14 13:18:38

The whole thing is just appalling.

What are people doing playing these games for fun? Whatever age?

CogitoErgoSometimes Tue 13-May-14 13:19:12

"Imagine if it were kicking ethnic minorities"

Actually.... there's a section in the game where your task is to hold up a convenience store. If you shoot bullets around the shopkeeper, he gives you the money faster... smile

MrsWinnibago Tue 13-May-14 13:19:26

Coffee do you think this type of hatred towards women is acceptable as long as those playing it are over 18 then?? shock

FoxSticks Tue 13-May-14 13:21:59

I didn't see the programme but it sounds interesting, in a dreadful way obviously. When was it on?

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