- Retailer Head Offices
- United Kingdom
Thank you to everyone who signed this petition and supported the campaign. Thus far, only one response has been received. Disappointingly, but not surprisingly, the retailer said that although they could appreciate our position, they don't believe in censoring the products they make available to the public allowing them to make an informed purchasing decision. While I don't believe that a lack of censorship is necessarily equal to an informed decision the important thing is that we have made our voices heard and we have taken a stand against something that we believe is harmful. Once again, many thanks to all who signed and if anyone is interested in any further responses I might receive please contact me via the 'contact the author' facility on this site. K
The game, Duke Nukem Forever, which has been developed by Gearbox Software for Xbox 360 is released on 10 June 2011. In our opinion, the trailers for this game make it clear that women are depicted blatantly as sexual objects.
The trailers for this game can easily be found on YouTube. The Duke Nukem Forever official launch trailer and the Duke Nukem Forever Babes trailers clearly show the kind of objectification mentioned above. WARNING! You should be over 18 to view these trailers. They contain blood and gore, intense violence, strong language, mature humour, nudity, strong sexual content and use of drugs and alcohol.
Although this game has an 18 rating those younger than this age will undoubtedly play the game nevertheless. We believe that this game sends out dangerous messages about women reduced to the status of sexual objects to young people, and also to those aged 18 and above.
There is large body of evidence which demonstrates the connection between this kind of sexual objectification and dehumanisation of women with violence against women. It also shows that frequent exposure to sexist portrayals of women is linked to a variety of harms and creates a conducive context for the perpetration of violent acts against women (see the Joining up the Dots report by Object ).
We, the undersigned, call on the head offices of the relevant retailers to be responsible towards their customers and wider society by stopping the sale of Duke Nukem Forever in their stores.
The Stop the Sale of 'Sexist' Duke Nukem Forever petition to Retailer Head Offices was written by K O'Donnell and is in the category Gender Rights and Issues at GoPetition.