The Shouty Woman

April 27, 2006


Filed under: Feminism — by Lucy @ 7:23 pm

You think this is funny, do you?

You think this is FUCKING funny?

I'm so angry I can't speak or think straight. Just when I think I've seen it all, they come up with something that plumbs new depths of awfulness. When one instance of domestic violence is reported to the UK police every minute, when in the past ten years 60 prostitutes have been murdered in this country and many more are missing, when less than six percent of rape trials lead to a conviction, when most prostitutes lead lives of desperate misery, someone has the fucking nerve to produce a game where the objective is to beat up women? I feel physically sick.

I don't care if it's meant to be ironic, or 'just a bit of fun', or that you think I should lighten up. I will not sit back and laugh as you make a joke out of women's pain. I will not pretend that this is acceptable. I WILL NOT TAKE THIS.



  1. Gods 😦

    Yet more evidence – as if any were needed – that patriarchy views women as less than human and prostitutes as less than that.

    There really is a war on.

    Comment by witchy-woo — April 27, 2006 @ 9:29 pm |Reply

  2. What game is this?

    Comment by anthropology — April 29, 2006 @ 10:36 am |Reply

  3. Click on the link!

    Comment by Lucy — April 30, 2006 @ 11:07 am |Reply

  4. The reviews are worse than the game!

    “Its whack a hoe not whack a women. I like smacking whores. I wouldn’t whack a girl though. If I was whacking actual women then maybe it’d be sexist, but they’re hoes.”

    Comment by SV — May 1, 2006 @ 9:57 am |Reply

  5. OK. “I WILL NOT TAKE THIS” you say. What exactly are you going to do about it (aside from stamp your feet in frustration?)

    I’ll tell you what you’ll do. You’ll read this reply. Get a bit upset. Might even delete it. And then you know what? 3 days from now you’ll find something totally new to be outraged about. Justifiably outraged, yet unable to do anything significant to address whatever the next injustice will be.

    So it is, so it will be.

    Comment by Fred — May 6, 2006 @ 1:55 am |Reply

  6. Your point being? I realise that there’s very little I can do about this – it doesn’t stop me from getting angry. I blog about this stuff exactly because I feel so powerless, and writing about it helps. There are other issues where it is possible to take real action – see my post about the anti-rape protest – but this isn’t really one of them.

    Comment by Lucy — May 6, 2006 @ 12:48 pm |Reply

  7. Aren’t you taking it a little too seriously? There’s a big difference between bitch-slapping a hoe in real life and doing it in a game. A lot of the reviews i’ve read (haven’t played the game myself) of the game describe it as hilarious. No one is actually getting hurt!
    There’s another game doing the rounds in which a babe drops her panties and you have to slap her bum, the harder the slap the louder the yelp, this gets the high score; people who play this don’t suddenly go around slapping women’s asses!

    Comment by Chris — May 9, 2006 @ 8:33 am |Reply

  8. Well, I just happen to think that making games based on beating women up isn’t especially funny, especially when prostitutes often suffer beating and rape in real life. I’m not suggesting that people who play this game are going to go out and attack prostitutes, but it’s fair to say that no-one who chooses to play it can have a very healthy attitude to women.

    Comment by Lucy — May 9, 2006 @ 12:08 pm |Reply

  9. Do you think the game should be illegal?

    Comment by Chris — May 9, 2006 @ 10:55 pm |Reply

  10. No, because it would cause more problems than it solved. I don’t want the people who made it to be turned into martyrs for free speech. All we can do is wait for people’s attitudes to change so that they no longer find it acceptable to make games like this. I’m not holding my breath though.

    Comment by Lucy — May 10, 2006 @ 9:54 am |Reply

  11. I think i’m beginning to understand what your objections are. Tell me if i’m wrong, but you see the game as a kind of rehersal of an attitude towards women?
    It seems true that attitudes towards women are becoming increasingly demeaning and agressive – i’ve worked in i.t. and know that if you have a website titled ‘beautiful women’ and another with identical content titled ‘bitches stripped naked’ the second would definitely get the most hits. Why this is so i’m not sure but if someone’s running a commercial enterprise they’d use what works – hence the lads mags, page 3 and semi-naked images of women everywhere – it seems to be what most people want…

    Comment by Chris — May 10, 2006 @ 10:09 am |Reply

  12. That’s pretty much it. And yes, it’s true that this stuff sells, but of course that’s a circular argument. It wouldn’t sell if no-one made it.

    By the way, thanks for being so polite – I realise you don’t entirely agree with me, but you’re not descending to insults as a lot of visitors to feminist blogs seem to!

    Comment by Lucy — May 10, 2006 @ 2:46 pm |Reply

  13. It does to some extent create it’s own market though I think there is already a ‘need’. The ‘need’, i would say, has it’s origins in finding ways to prevent us from being overwhelmed by phenomena (our experiences) – so we organise them to make them approachable. Ideologies are one way of doing this. Processes of objectification allow the containment and confinement of ideas – not necessarily always malicious. So the man (another object / imagined approximation) who sees a woman (an object also) as being a ‘babe’ (another object again) will be organising his perceptions to make them managable – to understand himself and the world in which he lives. This process is riven with imperfections and these will become obvious necessitating repeated visits to Page 3 (or elsewhere!) for reassurance and confirmation…

    Comment by Chris — May 12, 2006 @ 10:12 am |Reply

  14. This is unbelievable – well maybe not so unbelievable. Do you know anything about the grand theft auto franchise? Basically, in the games you can have ‘sex’ with prostitutes in a car and ‘pick up’ prostitutes. Also, there was a recent controversy over the latest game having a ‘bonus’ scene or something where you can see the full video of having sex with a prostitute, like pornography. Happily, I think they took back the game and got rid of this – but that it happened in the first place is just sick. Another sign of the pornification of our society 😦 There are still scenes in the other games with prostitutes though 😦

    Comment by Liz — May 14, 2006 @ 6:33 pm |Reply

  15. Yeah, I’ve come across those. My brother plays them. The games industry in general is heavily marketed at men, which is a shame as plenty of women love gaming too, myself included!

    Comment by Lucy — May 14, 2006 @ 8:00 pm |Reply

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