Rapelay is a Japanese game where you are able to rape female characters in the game in an urban setting. A few months ago CNN did a story on it emphasizing how depriving it was for women. The Feminist group called “Equality Now” have pushed for bans for such games, and recently were able to pull the game off international shelves.

This type of ban is similar to the lolicon-ban that I discussed a few days ago. This type of expression, even though immoral, is a form of expression that should not be banned on the grounds that society does not see this type of art as normal. There are millions of people out there with millions of different fetishes, and I think that allowing people to play such a game as Rapelay is a safe way for them to do their business without harming an actual person. Restriction of this form of expression may lead to more actual forms of rape occurring to real people or the distribution of such outlawed games to increase via the internet. There will always be people who will demean women or other groups of people in some way, and the only way to get around it is to be confident in oneself and get through it.


One Response to Rapelay

  1. Jonny says:

    I’m not gonna lie, that’s kind of disturbing o.O. I suppose that the concept has crossed most guys’ minds at least once (it’s carnal), but society and morality are more than enough to keep any reasonably honorable man to stop there in his imagination. I agree with ya, for those “different” people who can’t seem to get the idea out of their head, just like young boys with their shooter games (good comparison in the video), this is a much more reasonable and safer way to fulfill their fantasies than possibly becoming criminals and destroying a real woman’s life.

    It’s just a game, and I think that as long as they keep their anime style and don’t cross the border between reality and fantasy, it can be acceptable. I don’t condone this behavior, but freedom of speech and expression is a highly valued right that all humans should have, even if it’s “strange” to others. Hopefully there are few, if any, exceptions who continue to pursue real rape and victimization, especially if it is due to role playing in games like these. All in all, I don’t think this is an argument that anyone can win due to its controversial nature, but you bring out a good process of rationalization.

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