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Sexual Harassment and Video Games – Ne’er the Twain Shall Meet

A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald reports a new video game, “Hey Baby,” created as “interactive artwork and social commentary designed to develop male empathy.”  Players take on the role of a woman walking down the street. The woman is repeatedly confronted with cat-calls and other sexual advances and comments.  The player then chooses how to respond to the remark, either with a polite, “Thank you for the compliment” or a more aggressive gunshot to the head.

One reporter who reviewed the “game” was amazed at the level of empathy he experienced.  While the game may not change every mind, it does offer men the opportunity to experience what can be viewed as an unending onslaught of inappropriate and unwelcome advances.  An interesting aspect of the game is that regardless of how the player deals with the remarks, the comments keep coming, indicating that even extreme violence is an unhelpful response to the situation.

The article can be viewed here.

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Original article by Robert E. Nuddleman, former associate of The Law Office of Phillip J. Griego.

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