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Earlier today I read an article on NicheGamer, stating that the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), was wishing to investigate Japan’s treatment of women and women’s rights records.
Now, this is coming from the same UN that has Saudi Arabia on its Human Rights Council. Surely the fact that some video games are sexualised is a clear breach of human rights, as opposed to the downright shameful things that occur elsewhere. God forbid we have large bouncing breasts in eroge games. The investigation itself makes reference to the sales of games that include “sexual violence” against women, and while that may hold true for such infamous games as Rapelay, the UN leaves it almost open to interpretation on what games qualify for their looming banhammer. They could also look to include fighting games, as, well, there are some violent fighting games involving “sexual” characters. Does that constitute the same meaning? As a fan of the Senran Kagura series and someone who is very much looking forward to Estival Versus this year, I would be rather disheartened if that were to fall under the extremely vague “sexually violent” banner.
Keep in mind now, this is the same UN that has gotten into trouble for its own staff members owning child pornography, while circulating child abuse images through their own work emails. Now, they wish to dictate morals over a country for drawing cute small girls. It’s almost laughable, as there has seemingly already been a response concerning the matter in the form of a 62 page document, detailing why each question put forward by the UN is unfounded. Unfortunately, within this document, the term violence is misused several times to include things like “defamation” under the umbrella of “violence against women.”
Toshio Maeda, creator of such works as La Blue Girl and Urotsukidoji has made his stance very clear on the subject, in an interview with Operation Rainfall. He had this to say on the matter:
“American journalists have come to me and told me that my hentai scenes will corrupt American youth. Yet, you still have very little gun control in America, and kids have access to this all the time. You see in Japan, nothing happens, you can walk on the street in the middle of the night with a skimpy T-shirt or a mini-skirt on and nothing happens, but, in American, seems like you really care about the human rights of the anime and manga world. You don’t give a shit about real human rights, but you will do all you can to judge or put down Japanese culture.”
While it does generalise in the excerpt that he is referring to America, the same could be said of CEDAW and the rest of the UN, for seemingly caring more about the rights of anime women over real women. Below is an excerpt containing Japan’s stance on the “Banning of eroge video games” regarding the response to CEDAW:
Hopefully the UN will come to its senses soon and realise its futile attempts at trying to mould a culture it doesn’t understand to one of its own. However, this IS the UN that gave a platform to Feminist Frequency over, well, any other decent and reputable women’s right activist.