Wednesday, December 2, 2009

You Can't View Hit the Bitch but What's Wrong With Bubble Girl?

I have something to say about the book Half the Sky or the Half the Sky Movement, but first the deceptively small stuff.

I used to play this game called Bubble Woman or Bubble Girl, and I didn't remember the "game" until I found myself commenting on Suzanne Reisman's post about the Danish so-called anti-domestic violence campaign known as "Hit the Bitch." Presented as a game that teaches players domestic violence is wrong, anyone could visit the Danish website and hit a virtual woman over and over until women around the world blasted the campaign as counter-productive, ineffective, and offensive.

Considering that the Danish have have removed "Hit the Bitch" from global Web access, I wrote the following on Suzanne's post regarding the female unfriendly game, Bubble Woman/Girl. This game, which I think was produced by a Russian guy, wasn't designed to send any kind of anti-violence against women message. It was produced for entertainment only, and I've posted a link to the game below in the excerpted comment. Something's very disturbing about it. What do you think? Is Bubble Girl simple fun or misogynistic?
That they (the Hit the Bitch Danish people) put the site up at all under the guise of bringing awareness to domestic violence by asking you to hit a virtual woman made me want to cuss a lot.

People don't think. I remember when I first saw "Bubble Woman/Girl," a really neat looking computer program that let you drag a half-naked woman through bubbles and watch her fall, I was fascinated with how it looked, how she fell through the bubbles, and especially intrigued when music was playing in the background. Partly I was fascinated because I was in awe at the programmer's skill. That was five or six years ago.

And then one day shortly after I discovered the program, I thought there's something wrong about this. Why is it a woman? Why is she almost naked? And does she look happy at all going through these bubbles? Does it look like the bubbles are painless? Game over.

That was game over for me, but Bubble Girl is still popular. Look, she's online as a "funny" game.  And she's embeddable now. You can add her to any website.

Click to Play!

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Periodically you'll find me posting on violence against women and domestic violence. The subject matter falls on me and I have to say something. Too often we excuse violence against women, misogyny, and patriarchal sexism as a fact of life we must accept. We couldn't be more wrong.

Yesterday, I watched Oprah's show on violence against women, global discrimination against girls, and how you can help. She interviewed Pulitzer Prize winning author of Half the Sky, Nicholas D. Kristof who wrote the book with his wife Sheryl WuDunn. (Read an excerpt.) The assertion was made repeatedly during the show that one of the most effective things you can do to change the world for the better, if you want to address poverty and injustice, is to educate a girl, change the life of a woman positively for the good of us all.

I spent a significant part of that Oprah episode weeping. I also watched Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's message on her work to help women and girls around the world. I was already aware of this crisis, and I've been writing about it for years, but I've got to do more to address this need and the injustice.

Women aren't the problem: They are the solution along with Men.

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