Just when you thought the makers of video games couldn’t sink any lower, here comes “Criminal Girls,” a PSP (Play Station Portable) game created by Japanese developer Nippon Ichi Software.
Meet The Spankable Ladies
In this game, the player is in the role of Prison Warden in an all-female prison known as the Tower of Hell. The prison holds seven attractive, nearly-naked women, each one representing one of the seven deadly sins. These females have been banished to hell, and it is your job as warden to get them to the top of the 832-floor tower by “rehabilitating” them, so that they can come back to life.
How do you do that? Conventional methods will not work; you need to use sexual methods such as spanking and massaging to punish these “naughty” women. In case you want more details, here’s a glimpse of our sinful females:
The (Female) Seven Deadly Sins
Tomoe is guilty of extravagance. She seems quite natural, gentle and composed, but men will apparently fall for her sexy charms without knowing it.
Arisu’s crime is heresy. She can see things that can’t be seen and hear things that shouldn’t be bearable.
Kisaragi is greedy. She places great emphasis on the price and value of things, and will ask repeated questions about these areas.
And if you want to see what these creatures look like, you can click on the game’s official site. Release in Japan is scheduled for November, 2010.
Women Still Unequal
Women have made great strides towards equality, but there are still huge discrepancies. Women in the U.S. still earned only 77 cents on the male dollar in 2008, according to the latest census statistics. Why has it taken so long? Nearly half a century after it became illegal to pay women less on the basis of their sex, why do American women still earn less than men?
And why, in 2010, do we need games like “Criminal Girls” to perpetuate female/male inequalities? The sexual objectification of women has been going on for a long time, and is certainly not limited to Japan, but why do we need a game resurrecting those tired, worn-out female stereotypes? As a teacher of teenage girls, I see every day the struggles of young women to become strong and confident, in the face of the barrage of media images that surround them. As a step in the right direction, The New York Times on Sunday featured a report on Girlworld, a summer camp designed to help teenagers develop self-confidence.
By contrast, games like “Criminal Girls” are morally reprehensible and should not be tolerated.
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