You have got to be kidding me. THIS is repulsive on so many levels… I keep saying I’m not going to swear so much in this column, because people keep telling me their kids read it, but son-of-a-bitch!!!!!
So, EA Games has decided to run a contest at SDCC. The rules are “1. Commit act of lust” by getting photographed with a booth babe. “2. Prove it” by posting it online via Twitter or Facebook and “3. Repeat.” The prize for the guy with the highest number of entries is a date with “two hot babes,” I’m guessing the aforementioned booth babes. After a day or two of being the victims of “acts of lust” committed and memorialized for posterity by sweaty, mouth breathing assholes, that should be a fun night, hey.
Just how do you put “be a ‘willing’ victim of mass acts of sexual harassment” into a job description and fly that by any legal department worth a damn?
I swear, this entire week has been an exercise in giving me a stroke. Good thing I’ve started going back to the gym so I can work some of this anger off.
I’ve been a surrogate booth babe for friends’ booths at smaller conventions than SDCC, and it kind of sucks. I mean, I LIKE being friendly and flirty and talking to people. But after a few hours of lame come-ons, open ogling and sweaty palms, not to mention the assholes who seem to think your position as advertising for your buddy’s goods means you’re public property and who try to sneak pinches or grabs, your smile gets brittle and strained, and you start to really, really, REALLY hate the male half of the species.
It’s a phenomena you’ll find in a lot of women who do work which involves them playing the part of sexual fantasy girl in any sort of capacity. And I don’t just mean booth babes, car show models, strippers or peepshow girls. I also mean, bartenders, waitresses and any number of other service industry jobs, where, because of the sexism inherent in our society, women are expected to be nice, kind, friendly and accomodating. Where your income and living depend on being nice to the kind of mouth-breathing douchebags and slimy, smarmy assheads you’d rather beat to death with a barstool.
I mean, at least strippers have giant bouncers whose hobbies include “asshole origami” to protect them. I highly doubt EA has hired any bouncers to protect these women. I hope at least one of them knows Krav Maga or Jiu Jitsu and puts some neanderthals in the hospital, then EA winds up covering the bills for it.
I just don’t know what they hell they’re thinking. Do I really have to explain why this is a shitty and stupid contest idea? Do I? I mean, if you’ve been reading here for any length of time I’d think you’d have grasped a few of the basic tennants of Feminism.
And hell, if you’re gonna do that sort of thing, why not have Booth Hunks for the Fangirls to “commit acts of lust” with? Oh, that’s right… Women don’t play videogames and we certainly don’t like checking out hot men… I certainly hope that sarcasm’s coming through loud and clear for you, there.
As I’ve said many, many times before… I am not against being pretty or sexy, or whatever. I am not against finding people hot. I AM against setting up your employees for sexual harassment, and probably some sexual assault as well. People, male or female, have a tendency to behave badly when feeling anonymous in a crowd. Add that to this society’s view of women’s bodies as objects and public property, then give them permission to engage in one level of bad behavior… The stupid starts to stack up pretty quickly.
Ok, that’s enough for now. I have to go lay down, this aneurysm I’ve got going is starting to overwhelm me.
I think I’ll name it “Frank.”