“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!
— Kung Fu Man (@kungfuman316) June 11, 2017
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.
(Main image courtesy of Ashion)