Monday, January 23, 2006
The strategy of victimhood
The Amazon.com product page for Ghost in the Shell - Stand Along Complex warns that it contains "violence against women".
Yeah, and also violence against:
- Computer defense software
- And just about everything else that can be shot up, blown up, or burned down
But only that against women deserves a special note. Apparently there is some hidden ranking and women come at the top.
(Rated 13 and older: violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, tobacco use)
You're missing the point.
Most depicted violence is man against man (or robot or whatever). It's unusual for violence to be against women (in movies, as opposed to reality where it's extremely common, along with violence against children).
I agree with you w.r.t. depiction of violence against children, they should probably have mentioned that. However, you don't get that done by not mentioning violence against women. You'd have a point about sentient computers and robots if they actually existed. But putting buildings, machinery and garden shrubs in the same category as people is messed up.
Why do you oppose people having the right to choose whether to watch something based on whether it contains violence against women? Do you approve of it? Or do you just think it's of no consequence?