Isn't equality equality the basis for the freedom of speech? Then how can we have gotten it so wrong that human rights abuses are in the top seller list of literature and games?
I'm deeply concerned with the growth of violence for thrills in games and books. So now there is an outcry about a game that shows the violent killing of cats. Should we wonder why?
We have dehumanised women (f… me clothing and poses) in games, books and book covers, why not de-animalize animals into objects for thrill use and abuse?
Did you also scream when you first read a book where a woman was shown receiving sexual violence for thrills, or did you help that author become a best seller?
I have contributed to the best seller listing of a book encouraging violence for thrills. Like many others, I bought 50 shades of allow someone to be violent to you as you tell the readers it is a turn-on. If the abuser is a millionaire so much the better—trash, to see why it was so popular. Now that became a formula for success for many copy-cat authors. And then, as writers and readers became desensitised from recognizing dubious consent as rape and violent sex as domestic violence, authors have upped the intensity.
Not enough thrill left in reading of abusing a partner and kidding ourselves that they are supposed to be conditioned to enjoy being the abused one? Let's abuse and kill a pet. Yes, it is sick. I'll dare to suggest that many decent people started it, encouraged it, and are only just waking up they have a responsibility to do something—clean up part in encouraging violence as thrills. There are no dominant and submissives in human rights.
If you ever had a book that shows violence as thrills in your Kindle, or in an author group that you're supporting, then you, as I confess I have, have contributed to the problem of encouraging violence for thrills.
We can change that.
I’m eager to work with authors and author groups who write about violence in an ethical manner, showing it to be a crime and not an erotic turn on.
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