Daily Telegraph Fearmongers Over Sexy Female Game Characters Harming Kids
(Last Updated On: June 12, 2017)

“Lock your doors. Hide your kids. Close your windows. Big boobs are out to get you and yours.”

That’s pretty much the gist of one of the latest articles from the Daily Telegraph in Australia. It pulls a few images from games clearly aimed specifically at a certain target demographic, and then lathers on the fear of corruption all over the naked body of plebeian ignorance.

The article was originally published on June 8th, 2017 from Clarissa Bye. It’s titled “Video games with porn-type heroines are harming children, body image experts say”.

The article is a one-sided, agenda-driven hit-piece against the gaming industry. Bye pulls quotes from youth advocate Melinda Tankard Reist, Australian psychologist Sarah McMahon, and Butterfly Foundation spokeswoman Sarah Spence to frame certain characters from certain games as harmful for the youth of Australia.

The article takes some completely unrelated data (the Salvation Army research that shows that 16% of Australian girls are happy with their body and weight) and then liberally extrapolates that data to video game females, claiming that their hotness and sexiness is contributing to Australians having a negative body image. They cite examples including Ninja from Tekken 7, R. Mika from Street Fighter V, Lara Croft from Tomb Raider: Legend, and even Cortana from Halo 4.

They use ridiculous measures against the characters, claiming things like Cortana having  “cleavage on display” or Nina partaking in an “unrealistic pose”. This ignores the fact that Capcom even went out of their way to hide R. Mika’s butt slap during her special because they didn’t want to offend SJWs. Thankfully modders worked hard to put that slap back into the game.

Part of the problem is that there’s absolutely no peer reviewed studies or correlation relating to large percentages of those diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder and video game character designs. In fact, their claim that the images are harmful to boys and girls is also unfounded. As reported by Forbes, the most recent longitudinal study relating to sexist attitudes being affected by video games showed that there was actual no link between the two.

That’s not to mention that the articles claim about “surgically enhanced” body parts for the females in the aforementioned titles makes no sense given that video game characters can’t have cosmetic surgery… because they aren’t real!

Even more than that, as pointed out by Kotaku in Action commenter B-Volleyball-Ready, the examples that Bye used in her Daily Telegraph piece are from games rated M for ‘Mature’ in Australia. These games shouldn’t be in the hands of kids anyway.

Heck, worse yet, Koei Tecmo didn’t even release Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 outside of Asia for fear that SJWs and feminist-ran media would attack them for the game… just like the Daily Telegraph is doing even though the game isn’t sold in Australia!

And going even deeper into the rabbit hole, we learn that one of the images that the Daily Telegraph uses in the piece to claim that the characters are depicted in ways equivalent to “soft porn” actually comes from a Brazilian DeviantArt user named Renato who specializes in softcore porn!

That image of Laura Matsuda isn’t even from Street Fighter V!

Essentially the Daily Telegraph used an image to help fuel the fearmongering they were peddling to the masses about games corrupting the youth.

At the end of the day, some characters are designed to be sexy to appeal to the very obvious large male demographic in the entertainment consumer market. If these games are rated for an audience of appropriate age, and only sold to those of appropriate age, then what’s the problem? If some young kid is ogling boobs in a game rated ‘M’ for Mature, it’s not the game’s fault that there are big luscious boobs available for viewing, it’s the parent’s fault for letting the kid ogle the boobs.

Class dismissed.

(Main image courtesy of Ashion)


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  • descent3031

    “because they aren’t real!”

    I mean.. I feel like screaming this at so many people.
    Remember this?: https://www.autostraddle.com/we-messed-up-348709/

    Also, it will possibly dismay people to know that Daily Telegraph isn’t a typically left leaning SJW sort of Newspaper here in Australia. If stuff like this is showing up in the Daily Telegraph it’s more likely coming from the old style conservative thinking of the ’90s (IDK if this is totally true for this case, they do employ some lefties, but overall that’s not the position of the paper).

  • Hoki

    someone please think of the children!

  • Alistair

    It’s Sony E3 tonight and for the very first time I won’t be watching the live stream.

    Why over the past years we had great features trophies, cloud saves, and cloud gaming and often great games.

    But now in a eco chamber SJWs kill joys era, the game industry has gone to fuck sure Sony has uncensored ecchi games on its platform but count how many not enough and some are censored.

    So is it my worth of time to watch a press conference about social justice games like the last of us, life is strange to make SJWs feel good about themselves.

    No not in my spare time. Especially at 1am or 2am.

  • Migi

    They really want men to turn GAY this day and age. Cause that’s kinda what happens when men are forced to like ugly women.

    • Well, Japan seems to have an ample supply of digital waifus, so I don’t think that’s going to be a problem.

      • Migi

        I just find it kinda lame that today’s standard for men is either Turn Gay or get a Waifu to be happy. I’d go with the Waifu.

        Still i think the whole concept of beauty is kinda distorted considering both gender kinda have high standards nowdays while at the same time being insecure. I do feel we men are more honest about our options while woman always have this unrealistic standard, At least that is my observation.

        • I think the thing is, you have to really, really, really work hard to convince decent women that you’re a good guy/nice guy/hard working guy/caring guy/sensitive guy.

          In a way it makes sense because it means the woman has decent enough standards not to lower herself to a slimeball, but then a lot of decent women end up with slimeballs anyway and then it’s like, what’s the point?

          I remember one guy told me that having to put in that kind of work just wasn’t worth it, and once it feels like a full-time job then it’s “time to get out”.

          Not saying I agree with that, or I’m on board with the whole waifu or MGTOW or whatever, just that I think your observations are definitely right.

          For most guys, if the woman takes care of herself, isn’t obese, and isn’t a crazy feminazi, most guys are willing to settle for that. But for women the standards are just a lot higher. I guess in a way it makes sense, given that they probably don’t want to have a baby by an ugly or worthless dude.

          • Migi

            Your right on with the part about them always still ending with the slimeball. Considering i’ve seen it a lot of times.

            I wouldn’t say some woman aren’t worth the effort but i’d have to say that it’s always expected from the man and never the woman. Kinda like like how now Woman wanna force men to like Fat Ugly chicks and stop whining But when it’s the other way around you’d get all sorts of labels thrown at you.

            I’d have to say that a lot is being expected of honest good men, And most always end up with women with kids from another guy, Kinda makes sense that good men are tired of cleaning up the mess.

            I think the whole Waifu thing in the west is all that over the top like it is in japan and i’ve always more seen it as a Meme styled anwser then a reality. MGTOW
            Always felt like men who haven’t come out of the closet kinda gay guys,

            I think the whole social order of things has been distorted with all this SJW shit.

            I know that there shouldn’t be this SJW way of thinking that everybody is beautiful regardless of how butt ugly they really are so they just need to love you kinda shit. But in general it does feel the bar has become too high if you’re a guy compared to the older days.

          • I think the whole social order of things has been distorted with all this SJW shit.

            Yeah it’s crap. But it all seems to be part of their plan. A lot of them seem to want transgenderism and pedophilia normalized, and by trying to break apart the nuclear home by saying that the old normal doesn’t work or is counterproductive, it helps them to move closer to their goals of normalizing the abnormal.

            I know that there shouldn’t be this SJW way of thinking that everybody is beautiful regardless of how butt ugly they really are so they just need to love you kinda shit. But in general it does feel the bar has become too high if you’re a guy compared to the older days.

            It was reversed in the olden days, according to some social studies. A lot of women back then stayed with guys they weren’t even attracted to because he was the breadwinner, took care of the family, and allowed her to raise the kids. There was one study where the women stayed with the men even when they were unhappy just for the sake of keeping the family together.

            https://www.1843magazine.com/features/its-a-boy-thing

            That article sheds some decent light on things.

            I think with today’s society pushing more women into the work force, they no longer need to settle for just a breadwinner to take care of them. So now women want a breadwinner and someone who is as intelligent/handsome as their dream guy. The raised standard isn’t even just your observation, it’s the truth.

            https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/nov/10/dating-gap-hook-up-culture-female-graduates

            http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/college-educated-women-cant-find-good-men
            Women in the upper echelon of the workforce actually can’t find mates or are having a hard time finding mates that they feel are suitably on their level.

          • Migi

            Normalizing the abnormal Still feels mind boggeling to me no matter what spin you put on it. I feel it is scary when common sense is thrown out the window for the simple notion of feelings. Science is the master of truth and yet it is less respected nowadays in sense of seeking real anwsers.

            Kinda suprised that women mostly stayed with men because of the money in the old days considering nowadays women have become more like golddiggers when it comes to status and income. Does make you wonder what women really consider happiness cause most things point towards them being more miserable now then in the past.

            See i could understand that women that are highly intelligent and beautiful have some standards cause they have a higher status in life with their own beauty or brains but i’ve even seen Dinosaur like women having standard and when you tell them stop Eating! and get off your lazy ass they go full on mental!

            In general i’m not trying to be Gender bias, in the sense that women are the problem and men are just as delusional, but i think we men aren’t really trying to force their will on women unlike Feminists demanding we men are supposse to love everybody regardless of how they look.

          • i’ve even seen Dinosaur like women having standard and when you tell them stop Eating! and get off your lazy ass they go full on mental!

            Well, a lot of it boils down to the metaphysics of gender dynamics. If you really want to go meta, you have to look at it from the perspective that women typically are the choosers of their suitors. Suitors are only viable when they are present.

            Women who have some moderate monetary status (such as those living in San Francisco) but are generally unattractive (like the tumblrittes) they typically don’t have many suitors despite having some social status. Ultimately third-wave feminism is an attack against the gender norms surrounding the dynamics of suitability.

            The women who want more suitors to be attracted to them (even when they aren’t considered to be physically attractive by most men) are using third-wave feminism as a crux to shame men into being attracted to them. What they don’t understand is that only men as unattractive or lower on the attraction scale than those feminazis will be attracted to them. Such men are those we would usually consider to be betas.

            You see this online all the time, a bunch of fat unattractive neckbeards following behind third-wave feminists and white knighting for them in hopes of gaining their attention. Of course, most of those beta dudes aren’t considered proper suitors, which is why despite flocking around those feminists, most women still ignore them.

            It’s hilarious because even though the feminists constantly complain about gender norms, they’re attacking gender norms because they want hot alphas to become potential suitors.

            If they were really true to their cause then the unattractive feminists would settle for the unattractive white knight neckbeards who flock around them.

          • Migi

            What annoys me the most about all of this is the fact it’s full of lies, in that feminism is holding this fake front of morality while advocating for them but not standing by those distorted moral’s that they keep shouting about.

            You do gotta agree that they are a effective bunch of ppl for this day and age considering they get laws changed and things censorship that would normaly have no high moral standing or grounds based on facts.

            I’m an old fashion kinda guy so i always felt as a guy you always had to have a sense of dignity and pride if you stood by your moral grounds instead of following the herd like the male sheeps are doing now just to get laid.

            And We kinda seen what those Beta males are, mostly stalker’s, Rapists or like Skeptic feminist, A murderer!

            The future for the western society is kinda looking shallow and bleek.

            just for the fun of it. considering it always pisses Feminists. to bad this day and age we can’t have shows like this anymore.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVg5QqJoxuU

          • Oh man, Married with Children was the ultimate anti-SJW TV show. Loved it. Al Bundy, if he were real, would have more Twitter followers than Milo and Donald Trump combined.

    • Well, Japan seems to have an ample supply of digital waifus, so I don’t think that’s going to be a problem.

    • Well, Japan seems to have an ample supply of digital waifus, so I don’t think that’s going to be a problem.

    • Well, Japan seems to have an ample supply of digital waifus, so I don’t think that’s going to be a problem.

  • Jimmy

    Yeah how dare someone have a different opinion on the portrayal of female characters in video games,

    • What are you trying to say?

      Trying to remove/censor/ban content isn’t an opinion, it’s an action.

      • Jimmy

        Have you read the article, sure it’s flawed but it doesn’t say they want to ban it, you think everytime someone
        Makes an article criticizing sexy female characters you think it’s an attack and just call them sex negative just because they don’t like fanservice like you

      • Jimmy

        Have you read the article, sure it’s flawed but it doesn’t say they want to ban it, you think everytime someone
        Makes an article criticizing sexy female characters you think it’s an attack and just call them sex negative just because they don’t like fanservice like you

        • Alistair

          Bullshit they use a news article “two rude” they not gonna need to say the banned word. Did Antia actually say “banned” certain type of games.

          When she made women tropes Vs video games No but it Applies it have to be.

          Create a scene and some-one will take up the mantle in

        • What are you talking about? They say these images are harmful to youths and that it promotes soft porn, and that they have negative effects on boys and girls. They aren’t just criticizing it, they’re bloviating from a platform of advocating the removal of these images in order to increase positive body image of females in Australia. They literally say this in the article. Are you daft?

          • Alistair

            Another factor is the way the media and govt mess things up together.

            The news article shows the image of sexualised image is bad for people that feels bad about themselves right.

            Then there the Govt drive saying people that are fat are a drain on the NHS and promt a sugar tax on drinks.

            Basically the Govt saying it not okay to be fat. It bad for your health then you get a newspaper saying skinny fictional women as the devil.

      • Jimmy

        Have you read the article, sure it’s flawed but it doesn’t say they want to ban it, you think everytime someone
        Makes an article criticizing sexy female characters you think it’s an attack and just call them sex negative just because they don’t like fanservice like you

      • Jimmy

        Have you read the article, sure it’s flawed but it doesn’t say they want to ban it, you think everytime someone
        Makes an article criticizing sexy female characters you think it’s an attack and just call them sex negative just because they don’t like fanservice like you

    • What are you trying to say?

      Trying to remove/censor/ban content isn’t an opinion, it’s an action.

    • What are you trying to say?

      Trying to remove/censor/ban content isn’t an opinion, it’s an action.

    • What are you trying to say?

      Trying to remove/censor/ban content isn’t an opinion, it’s an action.

  • Alistair

    You notice in the paper the “too rude” censorship of the dead or alive babe breasts to use a agenda narrative don’t you know.

    The narrative being it applies that she topless showing nipples but in another pix she wasn’t that how REGRESSIONS SJWs cunts work.

    They twist a lie to suit they Agenda bullshit and should be FUCKING CALL OUT.

    I do wish they could take it to court down there and see they whine in pain as the judge see they lies.

    • But who would take it to court? Koei? It’s a game not even released in the region who’s complaining about it. More than anything it’s free publicity since it can’t hurt their market sales for a game they never released outside of Asia.

      • Alistair

        I mean the outrageous lie that the paper Used.

        Show two image of the same image then you see the two face lies from these fiends and in a court. All these bullshit will stop.

        If you threaten people will court action it make people sit up and take note.

        Koei doesn’t care anyways as they were quite spineless in fear of SJWs so I lost respect in koei temco.

        • VersVlees

          This here. Why the hell did Koei temco cucked out with Dead or Alive boob physics volleyball? For years they released that series in the West without any problems. (other then boob physics jokes) Sure current year games media bitched about it for the last few years but it still weird because IIRC that series always sold pretty well outside of Japan. Well at least play asia was the laughing third man here.
          Seriously Japan do not cuck out to the current year games media or muh feelings localizers. Do not listen or give any room to SJW’s because they wont buy your games anyway.

    • But who would take it to court? Koei? It’s a game not even released in the region who’s complaining about it. More than anything it’s free publicity since it can’t hurt their market sales for a game they never released outside of Asia.

    • But who would take it to court? Koei? It’s a game not even released in the region who’s complaining about it. More than anything it’s free publicity since it can’t hurt their market sales for a game they never released outside of Asia.

    • But who would take it to court? Koei? It’s a game not even released in the region who’s complaining about it. More than anything it’s free publicity since it can’t hurt their market sales for a game they never released outside of Asia.

  • Disqusted

    “16% of Australian girls are happy with their body and weight”
    Maybe because Australia is one of the fattest nations on the planet? Maybe encourage females to look after themselves better, instead of letting them escape any and all responsibility, and blaming guys for it?

    Banning shitty photoshops with gross proportions would probably also help. Bitching about fictional and gaming depictions is completely irrelevant. Which again goes back to women not accepting their own responsibility and just blaming other people who have nothing to do with it.

    • tajlund

      There is strong evidence linking Transgenderism directly to Body Dysmorphic Disorder, but good luck publishing an article criticizing the promotion of transgenderism by the media.

  • John27

    Feminazi SJWs of the 2010’s are the Christian fundamentalists of the 1980’s – early 90’s.

    • tajlund

      And actually that’s only half true. The crusaders against games and music during the 80’s and 90’s were Tipper Gore and Hillary Clinton’s best buddy Jack Thompson. There were far too many Christian groups willing to jump on the bandwagon though.And here’s Hillary herself warring on games in 2005.
      https://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2016/02/05/can-we-forgive-hillary-clinton-for-her-past-war-on-video-games/#2b7a7ed912aa

      The bill was authored by her and Joe Lieberman (the man who tried to introduce a “though crimes” bill in the early 2000’s.)

      Not against you, just added info on the war against games.

      • RichardGristle

        Yep that Clinton/Lieberman duo was quite the turd.

        A lot of Christian groups complained about things but they never had much of a big-stage presence. It was the mainstream democrats that were the biggest fascists.

  • John27

    90% of gamers are men. This article is the equivalent of saying you shouldn’t show pictures of food if your audience is comprised of feminists.

  • mikebrand83

    Sadly, this is just one more example of the Australian media not only drinking the regressive kool-aid by the barrel, but spiking it with a liberal dose of sex-negativity.

    The crazy thing is, the regressive here are lying so flat on their left side, that they still act as if the Daily Telegraph and other News Ltd publications are genuinely “far right”… Despite them regularly publishing articles with identical ideological slant as this piece of rubbish, and only a handful of dissenting voices!

  • Balpa

    Welcome in degenerate land, where it is immoral to show sexy female body to children, and moral to encourage them to be “transgender” or homosexual.

  • Clarrisa Bye, Melinda Tankard Reist, Sarah McMahon, Sarah Spence.

    Explain to these moral authoritarian crusading fuckwits that video games and it’s characters are fictional, and that studies suggest there is no link between sexist attitudes and video games. Also ask them why they have no problems with male characters being killed, decapitated, tortured, electrocuted, shot in the head, bones broken, limbs cut off, set on fire, etc., BUT a female character showing a bit of skin is the end of the world.

    And then just tell these people to fuck off.

    Unbelievable that this feminist rubbish in video games is still going on after 5 years.

    • This is unrelated, but seeing as we’re on the subject I was going to post a link to a new article that Robin from TGG wrote about how mainstream games journalists are once again decrying sexy female characters in games, I saw it yesterday… but the article seems to have disappeared for some reason.

    • tajlund

      Nope, the exact same types have been attacking violence in games for years. Here in the US Hillary Clinton authored a bill trying to ban them, and the American Psychological Association has published thousands of articles trying to destroy them. This is just another prong of their attack.

    • Kiryu

      Feminist rubbish will never go away unless the money dries out.

  • I’d like to point out that the artist for the DeviantArt picture of Laura actually responded to my question and confirmed they did not give permission for the Daily Telegraph to use it: https://twitter.com/Ebicentre/status/874156425278234626

    • Looks like the guy who responded in the comment section goes by the handle NeoCorpCompany. Renato is the one who originally did the Laura SFM photo. Or am I missing something?

      • Argh, shit, I fucked up there. Thanks for pointing that out.