Duke Nukem Forever is the newest release from an action-packed video game series that playfully objectifies women in a humorous manner. The game is all about testosteron and caveman machisimo. It is all college boy fun and antics, to relax after a hard day at work or school.
So naturally, feminists have their collective boxer-briefs in a bunch and are squawking about inequality and sexism due to this game, when in reality, it is not that offensive.
The new game requires the player to give women a ‘reassuring slap’ when they get upset after you capture them and abduct them. Just like you would do a lippy wife or a struggling sorority girl after you pull her away from a keg, these feisty felines in the game need a firm yet gentle hand to knock them back into reality. And of course this is just a video game, yet feminist groups are acting like this is a major problem that will cause boys to run out and literally try to throw women over the shoulder to abduct them.
Esteemed fellow and colleague Chuck Reagan brought attention to this subject months ago, when he posed the question ‘Is It Okay for a Christian Husband to Gently Beat His Wife?’
The polling results were deadlocked, with 46% agreeing and 46% up in arms, dissheveled and cawing like an angry feminist in a fowl’s hormonal rage.
In society, there is a disconnect between actual violence — which is sick and never warranted — and play taps. It is not uncommon to give a pet a swift rap upon the flank, or children a quick rap upon the hand. When playing football, buddies may fist nudge another’s shoulder after a big play. “Strong work, son!” you will yell after your boy slugs a big one, hitting a game-winning homer. A proud father will knock his on on the back, letting him know he did good.
This video game is no different, in application. The game uses the slapping technique to simply gather the attention of a woman. It is all just a game. There is no real woman being slapped and it is a release for emotional pressure young men may feel in this wound up society.
The new Duke Nukem is not a surprise for video game fans. It is simply a fun-filled, action packed game that is no different from any other media. The original game featured dancing women in bikinis, being natural exhibitionists. Take a look at any college campus or Facebook; slutitude defines the true nature of women and the game captures it. Yet Jamia Wilson, vice president of the Women’s Media Center, is angrily goosestepping her feet and crying.
“It was offensive then and it’s even more offensive now.” She continued, “These depictions fo women are extremely harmful, especially to young women.”
“It was offensive then and it’s even more offensive now,” Jamia Wilson, vice president of the Women’s Media Center, told FoxNews.com. “These depictions of women are extremely harmful, especially to young women,” she added.
Duke Ferris, editor-in-chief at gamehelper.com, said gentle slapping and implied gender fun is an intentional part of Duke Nukem Forever. “The game is meant to objectify women — that’s the point,” he said.
What’s wrong with that? Day after day, men are objectified. In this world, blacks get to skate by on half-effort due to Affirmative Action laws. Now, that there is a game where you abduct coordinated pixels that resemble a woman and they kick and flail, then you give them a little Godly tap to shut them up, there is a big issue?A new videogame that requires you to abduct women and give them a “reassuring slap” if they freak out has gamers and women’s rights-groups crying foul.
Now, there are things to fuss about. There is simulated nudity and sexual relations. These things are bad and can be habit forming and a gateway drug to hardcore acts of immorality.
These things are ignored by the femnists. Their only concern with this game is the “Capture The Babe” mode, where they fuss because a woman is gently rapped if she tries to wiggle away.
Gearbox bought the Duke Nukem franchise and Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford had this to say about the game:
“Our goal isn’t to shock people, but I think there’s some stuff that’ll be just a bit uncomfortable,” he said. “We try to get right up to that edge and then relax enough so people don’t reject it.”