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Fuck Politeness

This is a revolution, not a public relations movement

Delta has dropped by to tell me how I just keep on getting it wrong. Silly silly FP. I can’t quite be arsed refuting each comment in relation to each post, so here are Delta’s comments, and they indicate each of the posts they relate to. Feel free to read both the post and the comment if you can be bothered. As for me, I’m not spending any time or energy on it:

Delta

It’s not “contempt” for sex workers to imply that the kind of prostitute who is advertised in a phone box is almost always less attractive than the median. That’s just fact. Reading contempt in that is seeing something which isn’t there.

And there’s nothing wrong with letting your opinion of the movie be influenced by the lead’s attractiveness. If the visual effects were kitschy you might dislike the movie for those. Same deal here.

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Delta

I’m going to have to agree that this isn’t about hatred, fear, or anger. It’s about two boys encouraging each other to horrific violence in a culture which still views violence as a man’s crime. They didn’t assault him because he was different, they assaulted him because they thought he was weak. I know it’s hard to understand, but this had nothing to do with hatred, just like every other coming-of-age ritual has nothing to do with hatred and everything to do with “proving” yourself in the eyes of yourself and your peers.

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The game in question is nearly four years old. Everyone would have forgotten about it if the western media didn’t get their hands on it. To have demand for something you have to both want it and know it exists – saying the media created demand which would not have been there otherwise is absolutely correct.

Further, I refer you to the Streisand effect. Wikipedia knows better than I, but the gist is this: people want something more if you try to take it away. No one cared about the pictures of the eponymous Streisand’s house – until she tried to get them taken down. Then millions of people went and downloaded them, just out of spite. They still didn’t care about the pictures but they did care about the censorship, or at the very least they wanted to see what the fuss was about.

So no, in this case you’re absolutely wrong. People, we can be absolutely certain, do download the game just because someone told them not to. In point of fact, those people almost certainly make up a good 90% of the people in possession of the game (it having been relatively unknown before all the attention).

Which is not to say you have a moral obligation not to call attention to it. The game doesn’t make people into sickos, it just panders to sickos.

(The same, incidentally, is true of child porn, but to a far lesser extent.)

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Delta

I don’t know about this. As a gay man who’s been out since 9th grade, I have plenty of experience with taunting. Throughout high school I was made fun of, derided, catcalled, and occasionally physically assaulted, all on the basis that I wasn’t “really” a man. But I certainly never felt like I wasn’t really a man.

Couldn’t you just… choose not to feel like an object?

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