Don’t you just love it when old, decrepit men—who probably watch porn more than anyone else to begin with, by the way—claim that they know something obscene when they see it, and that films with sex or nudity in them aren’t fit for children, yet they claim that regulating the violence that children are exposed to violates their freedom of speech?
Yeah, it sounds like something those creepy vulture-guys in The Dark Crystal might mandate into law, not our own Supreme Court; but that is exactly what just happened. Yes, folks, kids can’t see nudity—even though most of them likely see it at home, particularly if Mom breastfeeds them or Dad takes a bath with baby—but by golly, it’s their constitutional right to see things blow up, get shot up, and dismembered bodies fly across the screen in a sea of red!
This really feels like a continual grasp on the militarization of this country to me. We all know that the military already puts out violent video games every year as stealthy recruitment devices; perhaps the Supreme Court believes that limiting these to even the youngest six year olds will result in an even smaller generation of those willing to die for unwarranted wars and pursuits for oil?
The Supreme Court gave laughable excuses for this ruling, such as the fact that kids’ fairy tales are filled with gore and violence. They cited The Brothers Grimm, which I doubt many kids read these days; most get watered down versions of Snow White and Rapunzel from Disney, not the Brothers Grimm. And that’s not even the point; there is a big difference between stories that are only limited by your imagination and a constant stream of steady, in your face violence where people are continually murdered and encouraged to kill each other.
I’m not condemning these games for adults. I don’t approve of them at all, and I think they desensitize us as a nation; in fact, I know they do. I only have to take a glance at my younger sisters, who grew up on them, and their friends, to see how they devalue human life, revel in violence, and get bored over whatever scary or violent movies come out next. (Of course, our highly non-private society that we’ve evolved into, complete with reality TV and constant Twitter updates, probably factors in as well.) But I believe that everyone has a right to make what they deem as art (I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t say this, as I have been known to create scary fantasy sketches and paintings myself), and a right to engage in media as they choose.
Children, however, should not be playing dismemberment and war games—and at the very least, they should require parental approval before buying them. Some states require parental approval before young women can get birth control or family planning services, which could very well save their lives—but buying games that ultimately strip your humanity and glaze your eyes and heart from revering life and having any affect when it comes to death is A-OK for kids? That’s just messed up, Supreme Court. Messed. Up.