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Act of love more offensive than severed human heads, reports poll

Believe it or not, the choice between taking life or creating life is one that is very unclear to parents. In a poll on parent-oriented gaming site What They Play, respondents were asked to pick from a choice of four what they found the most offensive in a video game.

The four choices offered were: a graphically severed human head; a man and a woman having sex; multiple use of the F-word; or two men kissing.

Perhaps as a strange demonstration of social values, those who voted in the poll reported that sexual matters of any sort were more offensive than explicit violence or profanity. The leading pick as the most offensive act in video game was “a man and woman having sex” at 37 percent. Off second place with 27 percent was “two men kissing.”

Next in second last place with 26 percent was the anti-violence answer of “a graphically severed human head.” In a distant fourth was “multiple use of the F-word.”

Informed parents are the best defence against exposure of inappropriate material to children, though it appears that many are more concerned about sexual matters than graphic violence.

Susan Arendt of Game|Life shared the story of an encounter she once had in a game store: “A woman was trying to buy her 12-year old daughter some games for Christmas, and overhearing me talking about games, asked me for advice. She picked up one of the Resident Evils and asked me if it was any good. I told her that it was an excellent game, but quite violent and scary. ‘Oh, that's no problem,’ she replied. ‘But there's no, you know, people having relations in it, is there?’

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RE: A Very Unfortunate Predicament
By mindless1 on 4/11/2008 6:54:30 PM , Rating: 4
It's about greed. What do those with a lot of money fear the most? That you will find happiness in ways that makes you less of a consumer of products and services rather than moreso. It may seem oversimplified, but it is in the interest of some to suggest you need to do a lot of work, gain skills that benefit society, and have a large good credit line so you have maximum spending power.

The problem is that many of these factors are actually good for economic prosperity and general well being in modern society.

As for violence, the reason it is so accepted is it is illegal to actually do it in real life. We can and do remove those from society who can't refrain from it while we can't technically arrest people for having sex even if our own moral, religious, etc, standards make us feel it is inappropriate in some cases.

It's not that I'm advocating anything above, but the masses are muppets who just repeat what they were taught and personally I suspect it does also have a bit to do with our military might and that in being a younger country, it wasn't that many generations ago we (in USA) had to fight for independence and abolish slavery, two battles that tended to impact everyone at the time. In other words we are less detatched from a violent past but having no ongoing (real) wars today we can conveniently forget what the toll is in lives lost. Ask the average American how many of our troops died in the past quarter and I doubt anyone would know.

RE: A Very Unfortunate Predicament
By Hydrofirex on 4/12/2008 11:40:36 AM , Rating: 4
It's about greed. What do those with a lot of money fear the most? That you will find happiness in ways that makes you less of a consumer of products and services

You must be living in a media black whole. Sex and consumerism have been so intricately tied together in American culture. You're whole premise is flawed. The current mainstream hip-hop and rap culture glorifies materialism in the pursuit of sex. I think the unstated equation goes something like: being successful = being rich = having lots of expensive stuff = being sexy = having lots of sex = justifying your existence and being better than other people.

Further, it's not limited to the exploitation of females as it has been in the past. Today male sexuality is just as powerful a commercial force. Also, it's another demographic of consumers trying to live up to a media created ideal of physical and material 'sexy'. You must use these products, and get styled in this way, purchase these clothes, have these things, and then you are worthwhile, cool, and sexy.

I don't mean to single out current mainstream rap culture, and I certainly am not confining that to any single race, because it is currently a global and cross-cultural phenomenon, but I think it is easily the most extreme example of the union of materialism and sex.


By Ryanman on 5/3/2008 4:17:28 PM , Rating: 2
there's a huge gap between being sexy and having sex. Sluts still aren't celebrated members of society, if you've noticed. Gays regularly have their rights taken away (an echo of jim crow laws if you ask me... accurate right down to the southern religious right planting these unconstitutional bills) and even straight couples only recently won the right to have anal/premarital sex in states like Texas. In Alabama, where I live, NO store is allowed to sell sex toys or pornography of any kind. Some get around it by saying their products are for health etc. but it's still draconian and gross. Even if the APPEAL of sex to the primary consumer market of teenagers is great, our society's acceptance of it is much less.

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