Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody
I will never understand the giant disconnect between allowing a game like this which promotes violence, crime and beating up women and the fact that a naked bum or boob is something we must all be forbidden in case it corrupts our minds. It would be funny if it wasn't so sad and stupid.
I think the difference is inherent in biology. Violence is something most children experience before the age of four...hitting, etc. Sex is another story altogether. Whether we like it or not, sex occupies a unique space in the human brain. Question: Who is more likely to incur a psychological issue, the young five year old exposed to halo or Niko running over people with a fire truck, or a five year old seeing porn? It's not a cultural bias. Human beings, even as children, are "designed" to be able to cope with certain amounts of violence and conflict. Most of us wouldn't want a movie like "Drive" being watched by a six year old, but at the very least a six year old understands violence...a six year old doesn't understand sex, and won't for another six years, and even then it is confusing as hell, and quite disruptive and...well, unique. The average nine year old has quite a good understanding of what a punch or a bully is, and has already been cut, bruised, and burned. They get pain. They get violence. Should we protect young children from violence...the best we can, yes. But there is a very unique and pointed difference between exposure to degrees of violence as a child and exposure to sex. Case in point, both myself and all of my guy friends have grown up in a world filled with Friday the 13th movies and violent video games...I was exposed to these at a very young age. Show me the evidence that this has damaged me, or any of my friends. On the other hand, what would have happened to my friends and I had we substituted porn for the violent video games and Diehard before having acquired At Least biological sexual maturity? So, I disagree that sex and violence should be treated equally, no matter what Trey Parker and Matt Stone have to say about it so wittily. The biology and psychology of maturation is pointedly, demonstrably different. No, I wouldn't allow a child to see "Drive" or any Tarantino movie, or Event Horizon, but considering my own upbringing and the lack of damage to the psyche that I've seen in others just like me...I'll bet the farm that exposure to porn before having the biological capacity to experience enjoyment from sex is, at best, problematic. This isn't even taking into account the unique psychology of sex once someone is capable of experiencing it. It is downright confusing, as it should be, considering it is so central to our species. Punching and shooting? Our evolutionary ancestors saw death all the time. Our modern culture "hides" it from them. Kids Get death and fighting, and will mirror their parent's reaction to it. Porn? You're going to have problems. They simply aren't equal.
As far as Apple limiting their apps based on their own moral stance...I may have chosen differently, but as an ardent capitalist I will say...it's their company, their product, and they can do what they want. If I don't like it, I can vote with my dollar somewhere else.