July 18th, 2008

Outside in the world of general gaming news, this week has been E3. Inside the cozy walls of Heroine Sheik:

Better late than never, we apparently have not one but two serious product designs to turn Wii-motes into ergonomically feasible vibrating dildos. Sure we’ve talked about it before, but… Not only will it pack no punch, won’t you end up trying to control games with a phallus-like Wii-mote protruding from your vagina? Well, won’t you?

Because Fox News represents all that is bad in the world, it should come as no surprise that they’ve taken the “disgusting” imagery of The Torture Game 2 and run with it. Where we saw macabre art, they see the corruption of youth. Then again, they also revert to the “pornography makes men rape women” argument, and that alone is enough to make me resort to torture–by beating my own head against a wall.

But not all is odd/wrong with the world. Case in point: this excellent and inspiring write-up of two middle-aged women’s adventures dating through Craig’s List. They have good times; they have bad times; they have lots of sex. Most of all, it’s wonderful to see a more human picture of Craig’s Lists ads and the women who answer them.

Happy weekend, Heroine Sheik readers!

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8 Responses to “This Week: Playful, Outrageous, and Inspiring”

  1. Soulofaqua Says:

    I think Wiibrator would be a better name than Wiildo… Wiildo sounds too much like Waldo and I’m not going to search for a Wii dildo.

  2. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    Ah, but would you pronounce it “weebrator” like the Wii or “wibrator” like a vibrator? For that matter, do you pronounce Wiildo “weeldo” or “wildo”?

  3. GeorgeR Says:

    I think I vote Wiibrator. As Soul sad… Wiildo sounds too much like Waldo.

  4. Daikyu Says:

    I’m already beyond beating my head against a wall. The sensationalism of the media on this side of the world is at times just ridiculous.

    So, of course, is the sensationalist reaction to sex in general. Just do as Japan does: distribute pornographic cartoons to the masses and watch reports of sex-related crimes go down.

    Well, that’s not a government-backed solution, like I might have suggested above. But I’d like to think it would work over here.

  5. Soulofaqua Says:

    It is all inspired by the name of the Wii itself so one assumes it is pronounced in the same way. Either way Wiildo still sounds a bit like waldo to me. The pronouncation “Weebrator” also comes close to the dutch pronouncation of the word vibrator wich would have the “vi” part being pronounced as “vee” and the brator with an a of avec(luckily your french because I know no english word to demonstrate it with) and the remaining part being pronounced the same as in english.

  6. halfassured Says:

    I think there’s legitimate discussion to be had over whether /some/ porn leads to mistreatment of women, though I’m not sure how much role the media should play in that discussion. I’ve seen three general views on the matter: there’s the totally sex-negative, America-does-not-negotiate-with-pornographers attitude, by which all porn is by its nature irreparably tainted, then there’s the totally sex-positive, all-in-good-fun approach, where all porn is fundamentally harmless and much of it is beneficial, and then you see some people who are in favour of porn in theory but consider anything but Suicide Girls disrespectful. I’m mostly in favour of porn but I find it difficult to take a stand that it’s all unequivocally harmless.

    The Torture Game isn’t really porn, but I have seen a few things in that vein that are, and I’m not really sure /how/ I feel about it. There’s a lot of talk about teaching kids the difference between fantasy and reality, but what I don’t see a lot of discussion about is the difference between enjoying a virtual act and disapproving of its real-world equivalent. This is something that really needs to be talked about, not just with respect to porn but more generally, since it has very broad relevance in a culture thick with art and simulation of Bad Things.

  7. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    Ah, but is the porn you’ve seen that related to the Torture Game filmed using consenting actors/actresses? If not, I’d argue that’s not porn–at least not in the normal sense–more like snuff. In my opinion, as long as you’re watching acts someone has knowingly and willingly consented to (and that includes extreme stuff like masochist performance artists) then it’s not a moral question.

  8. halfassured Says:

    Yeah, no humans were hurt in the making of this porn. From a civil libertarian view, which is the way I tend to fall on sex stuff, it’s A-OK. But although I can unequivocally say I think it should be legal, I can’t outright dismiss the criticism that it puts people in a bad headspace. It’s not just a porn thing, of course, you just hear about it more with porn because anything sexual is +1 to moral panic. It’s the same issue that comes up with video game violence and other stuff.

    The panicky extreme is to argue that kids play a game where they shoot people and then it makes them think that shooting people is OK and then they go out and shoot people. I’m sure we can all agree that’s ridiculous. But I’m not positive that partaking of simulated Bad Things hasn’t changed my outlook on Bad Things, or that it isn’t fostering a negative part of me. And I /really/ can’t be sure of how that plays out for /other/ people. I’m on the other side of the debate, but I think there is a debate to be had.

    The problem, I think, is that this is a sensationalistic moral issue, so it gets embroiled in politics, and in politics the rhetoric of extremes dominates, so ambiguities and trade-offs are neglected.

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