First Clare, now Maia

Labour’s cool for the kids online game Let’s not has upset people, the sort of people who usually support them.

Clare Curran posted on Trademe expressing reservations over it and now Maia at Capitalism Bad, Tree Pretty writes:

The Labour Party’s Let’s Not game has been out for a few days.* I’m not linking to it, for reasons that will become apparent, but I do want to discuss one of the offensive parts of it.**

If someone puts their finger in someone else’s anus without their consent then that is sexual assault. This is still true if the two people involved are on a rugby field.

Ten years ago John Hopoate puts his finger in three other players anuses during a rugby league match. Apparently the people who were making this flash game thought “You know what we should do? We should animate this in an amusing way. That’ll help us win the election and be awesome.” Apparently people being violated without their consent is kind of funny if it’s men on the rugby field.

One of the basic rape-myths that help uphold a culture where sexual assault is endemic is that sometimes consent doesn’t matter. If you ever say that some people’s violation doesn’t matter – if you ever set some people up as unrapeable – then you, or in this case the Labour Party, are upholding that rape myth.

Now Maia it is fair to say is from the ba-shit crazy spectrum of politics but she does actually have a point here. What is also ironic is that Labour of all parties right now shouldn’t really drawing attention to sexual assault issues when they have one of their own number under police investigation.

Quite what is possessing Labour and their crippled strategy team is beyond me but they seem to be all over the place. It is almost as though they have a group pain-killer session and these are the results.

 


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