Fox News Says Duke Nukem Forever Is "Awfully Sexist"
Duke Nukem Forever has received criticism from Fox News for its depiction of women, which the media outlet called "awfully sexist." According to an online article by the news giant, the game's Capture the Babe mode, a variant on capture the flag that has players slapping captured babes to calm them down, has caused uproar within the feminist community. Honestly, does this surprise anyone?
Jamia Wilson of the Women's Media Center expressed her disgust with the game, arguing that the series has always been offensive and could even affect young girls. "It was offensive then and it's even more offensive now," said the Women's Media Center vice president. "These depictions of women are extremely harmful, especially to young women."
Fox stated that the game took its usual sexism to extremes, showing two vixens, clad in schoolgirl outfits, servicing Duke simultaneously. The article did note the game's Mature rating, stating that it was intended for gamers of 17 years or older. At least Fox had the decency to point out the game's rating.
I'm pretty sure most of us expected Duke Nukem Forever to come under the fire of news media outlets, especially after Capture the Babe was announced. I really can't see what the big deal is, though. Plenty of movies depict women in far worse manners than this game does, and Fox hardly ever makes this big a deal out of it.
I discussed the matter with my sister, a preschool teacher who isn't much of a gamer but still has an affinity for multiplayer titles like Mario Kart and most recently B.U.T.T.O.N. She's seen me play tons of games, from the adorably amazing Kirby's Epic Yarn to the comically dirty indie game that was named after a slang word for female anatomy. To quote her, "If there isn't a problem with male characters getting slapped around by a baseball bat, I don't see what the big deal is about this game."
My sister, ladies and gentlemen!