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A Graphically Severed Head Is Bad, Two Men Kissing Is Worse

Image of poll results for what parents rank as more offensive in video games

A poll posted this Monday on parenting gaming guide WhatTheyPlay.com posited:

As a parent, which would you find most offensive in a video game?

In the modern parenting spectrum of objectionable content, apparently two men kissing somehow equates to imagery so vile, that it would be worse for a child to view such an act than a graphic decapitation. As WhatTheyPlay.com editor John Davidson said, "W.T.F?"

Perhaps, I'm just jaded, but I don't find the results to be too outlandish. Though I am frequently dumbfounded by what society validates as reprehensible or prurient, I am not so much surprised by the view that commonplace society holds in regard to homosexuality. The greater question is: What does this say about our shared morality when graphically violent acts are apparently minimized in respect to an already socially marginalized group?

There is much work to be done, and I thank companies like Take2 for including homosexual identity within their titles, but it's not enough. Primary entertainment mediums have still failed to portray even a fragmented gay reality, and instead stick to hard-and-fast stereotypes. And, in propagating blank stereotypes, they augment normal, everyday life with fallacious expectations of what the standard, Midwestern family can expect from their new neighbors.

We've got a long, long way to go, people, and I hope that our gay video game developing constituents begin to pay more attention.

Attitudes to Sex and Violence [John Davison's Blog]
[via: GamePolitics]

13 Comments

John said:

We can blame parents etc. for their way of treating and thinking about the gay population but we also have ourselves to blame. In recent decades we've seen the gains we've made quickly disolving away and no one appears to do anything about it. Younger gay people often think equality is just a given. Trust me...before you know it...it'll be 1970 all over again and we'll be lucky if we're not being kicked from our homes and losing our jobs. Games are just the beginning.

motordog said:

Well, two men kissing is more popular than a man and woman having sex...so, I guess THAT'S progress, right?

Jonah Falcon said:

Maybe Brokeback Mountain would have won Best Picture if Jack had cut off a few heads to show his love instead of all that kissin'.

Ariel said:

I find this outrageous. Probably the results would be different if the poll had been run in Europe where I live, but actually I'm a little afraid to find out.
I demand some gay kissing in my video games right now!

purin said:

Well... it's only worse by one percent... so kissing is EQUAL to decapitation.

... wait.

I think we need to start compiling footage of men kissing and of people losing heads, watch them, and decide which is truly worse.

Which vice is worse for kids to pick up from games: sex or violence?

Dunks said:

These people just havn't seen good quality gay kissing.

I think the charitable thing to do would be take down their details and subscribe them to the Titan Men DVD collection, No?

Husky said:

Hmm yet when you click into thier website an advert on the right hand side takes you directly to the site for Bully. Well i guess secretly they want the gay kissing.

PrettyGIRbot69 said:

I really don't understand the hang up most american's have about sex. Why is two men kissing, or even a man and a woman making love worse then a severed head? If you are a parent you need to face the facts no matter what happens your son will grow up to either make love to a man or a woman. If you want to block an image from him it should be the severed head something he probably (hopefully) never will see.

Hermy said:

I've always wondered what the general society would say to this very exact question- Which is worse? Explicit violence and gore or Two men kissing?

This survey can't be taken too seriously as it hardly answers the question accurately (I disqualify any "general opinion" survey of less than 1000 random, untargeted people), however the results still make me defecate on myself (isn't that redundant?).

ps. - excellent point PrettyGIRbot69

Disgusted American said:

This just goes to show how SICK Americans are...sad.pathetic...Puritanical Society...Liberty & Justice for All..? Nah..not really...they're JUST pretty words to make America feel better about itself!

disgusted american amen...er awoman to you and kudos 4 actually saying it rite...this "free" land is just so up to seeing to men fireing guns (....i think it's cuz they aren't having great sex....)just for the orgasim. it's sad that this place cannot understand you love who you love....and besides i bet the ppl who wanna see the heads roll have had their own gay experiences!!!! think about why would they be so annoyed or botherred to see it!!?!?!?!?!?! eh maybe they are jealous!?!?!?!? wut ever ppl get over ur f***ing selves and realize america needs to catch up with the rest of the FREE WORLD!!!!!! if we are a "leader" then lets lead by example, not by hate and bigotry and homophobia....is there a thing call straightphobia!?!?!?!?!?

Brooks said:

Thanks for the great article, Noun! We're having John Davison on our show, CrankyGeeks, tomorrow (Wed. Apr 16) to talk about WhatTheyPlay.com and to discuss this article.

Check it out at www.crankygeeks.com, live at 12:30 PST or downloaded in the evening!

P.S. This is, like, my favorite blog. :P

Me said:

What a bunch of idiots posting here! And if you think you are annomymus, your computer leaves a footprint.

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

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