Exploitation of women in manga

I came at this review by Yuricon right after my negative review of Yomeiro Choice drew anonymous commentators to rabidly fight for it. I can only think of that disclaimer of hers as very wise indeed.

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Yuricon noted,

Violence against women as entertainment for women deeply disturbs and puzzles me.

Violence against men is often part of entertainment for men, but it tends to be between equals.  Violence against women tends to involve picking on the weak.  This is true even when it’s violence by women against women.

I personally tend to view reflexive reliance on violence against women to tell a story as a hallmark of ineptitude. It’s supposed to make the player sympathetic to the character, but there are better ways of doing that.

An anonymous commenter wrote,

The violence against women is supposed to enrage you, so that you cheer for Sora to save the day.

But it’s not necessary, just as the rape in Yomeiro Choice isn’t necessary and is instead the sign of a lazy author who wants to push the audience’s buttons. Understanding authorial intent is great, but it’s only one step in a review.

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  1. Anime and manga exploit women in such a multitude of ways that I’d actually be thankful if violence against women was it’s only sin -_-;

  2. I have since a long time ago been desensitized to feeling sick about all the weird and fucked up shit that happen to manga, especially h-manga.

  3. “Violence against women as entertainment for women deeply disturbs and puzzles me”.

    Psychological research shows that many women have rape fantasies. Note: this IS a fantasy and not a desired reality (which is inevitably traumatic).

    The idea here is that women in many societies are taught to protect their sexuality- not doing so would bring shame. No man wants the village bicycle etc. But women DO have sexual feelings. In a violent or rape scenario the women is freed of taking responsibility for the act- as it is beyond her control.

    Fantasies are what they are- fantasies (just to reiterate the boundaries between reality and fantasy).

    • I’m confident that Yuricon knows what a rape fantasy is. She’s not talking about sexual fantasies, but rather simple violence. It’s unpleasant and she can’t figure out who enjoys it. I suppose if you were to take all violence against women in a sexual light, that would change things, but I don’t think she does.

    • What does this have to do with violence against women and exploitation of women in Japanese consumer media though?

      Missing the point, etc.

  4. It’s just the essence of how aggressive the Japanese depict their females. You have female bullies (who play a much, much better role than the males), you have feminist factions on your fantasy stuff, you even get futanari females doing something nasty on your female protagonist, and everyone would like go OSHIT or WTF since it presses their buttons or something, but think: like Moritheil said, women deprive their entertainment from violating other women, possibly because they feel weak themselves, therefore using the excuse of violating other females to have an excuse or title of “being strong”. If people can’t get that, they’re still inside their little candy-wandy, sugar-and-spice worlds, rejecting the fact that their anything-goes world can get really screwed up, and fast.

    • > women deprive their entertainment from violating other women, possibly because they feel weak themselves, therefore using the excuse of violating other females to have an excuse or title of “being strong”.

      This is BS. Sorry. You’re overgeneralising, and doing so poorly.

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