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Psychologist calls out games as one reason kids are sexualized

Saturday, 20th February 2010 20:25 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Big Brother’s Dr. Linda Papadopoulos has said that part of the blame for children being sexualized in this day and age has to do with videogames.

Papadopoulos, a clinical psychologist at London Metropolitan University, has been commissioned by the Home Office to investigate sexualization of children and teenagers and her findings are to be published in the next two weeks.

“We are hypersexualizing girls, telling them that their desirability relies on being desired,” she said, reports The Evening Standard. “They want to please at any cost. And we are hypermasculinizing boys — many feel that they can’t live up to the porn ideal, sleeping with lots of women.

“If I am constantly told that a sexy girl is one who satisfies a lot of men, do I really have a choice? It is a drip, drip effect. Look at porn stars and look at how an average girl looks now.”

Papadopoulos went on to criticize games that contain highly sexual content, like Miss Bimbo, where girls compete to “accumulate boob jobs in order to marry a billionaire”.

The good doctor also pointed to art pamphlets Zoo and Nuts as other offenders.

Via CVG.

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  1. Gekidami

    Her examples are hardly mainstream. I’ve never heard of either of those games. Everything else she talks about has nothing to do with games.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight

    THis just another example of parents not doing their job.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. mentor07825

    Never heard of that game. But with the link supplied, I most certainly will soon! ;D

    #3 4 years ago
  4. justiceblob

    Lets face it, its just the fighting genre. (DOA I’m looking at you)

    i like the sound of Miss Bimbo too, sounds like it has a real deep level-up system.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. endgame

    “If I am constantly told that a sexy girl is one who satisfies a lot of men, do I really have a choice?” lol. idk, do u!? :p wow, she’s stupid as hell.

    and
    “many (boys) feel that they can’t live up to the porn ideal, sleeping with lots of women” is that why boys sleep with girls? and me who thought it was just because their looking for a good time. :)

    come on, is this story real? is this entity actually being paid to say such nonsense?

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Pyrix

    I bet this report cost lots of money the government doesn’t have, and its ‘findings’ will result in absolutely nothing and will be entirely useless.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Joe_Gamer

    WTF? You sure they weren’t studying psychotropic mind altering drugs? Cause those comments did not originate from a sober, intelligent person.

    Why are kids becoming sexualized? Fucking TV contributes a thousand times more to the problem than god damn video games. When was the last time you saw an ugly person on TV that wasn’t there for comedy relief?

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Freek

    Odd commetns, considering the new trends in games being: realism, freedom of choice and consequences.

    #8 4 years ago