Wow! Sounds Risque! Virtual Abstinence Game…

28 Jul

According the Orlando Fox station:

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – FOX 35 has learned that the University of Central Florida is spending thousands on a surprising project where video game developers are creating life-size avatars and real life scenarios.

But this is no ordinary game. At a price tag of approximately $434,000, it’s a new concept aimed at helping to teach pre-teen girls how to resist peer pressure when it comes to sex.

“They have an opportunity to interact with the avatars and they’ll earn points for particular social skills that they develop.”

So basically, girls can put on a skin tight black suit and stand in front of infared cameras and act out sexual situations created by two creepy looking grown ups in an effort to teach them… abstinence.  Not well educated abstinence.  No.  This is the classic form of “abstinence in the absence of knowledge.”  The kind of fake education that tries to convince girls (and its always girls because we’re weak, dontcha know) that sex is too scary to contemplate.

No biology.  No mention of STDS and how to prevent them other than abstinence.  Just a girl and her crappy avatar saying NO! and learning that abstinence is a form of treating guys like they are primed to rape.

I’d like the Our Bodies, Our Selves and Scarlettteen gang to come up with a new game.  Its called, “Girls, You’re Smart, So Get Educated And Make Choices That Work For You.”  But I have a feeling the black body suit won’t be part of it.

The video won’t embed here on WordPress (blargh): UCF developing virtual game about sex: via @addthis

One Response to “Wow! Sounds Risque! Virtual Abstinence Game…”

  1. CleverTitania July 28, 2010 at 5:38 pm #

    Just what we need. Instead of just teach girls that having sexual desires makes them dirty and bad, and fighting those urges makes them good and pure, we’re also going to make them feel weak if they do agree. As if we don’t spend enough type pushing the next generation into the same sexual dysfunction overrunning our own.

    When are we going to learn from our own history? Or how about biology?! Sexual curiosity can start as early as 2. The first time my “Aunt Flo” visited I was 8. You can’t moralize a natural bodily function, fart jokes aside. They’re bodies are going to change, and they are going to feel desires that they want to act, on even if you never explain what those desires are. It’s Blue Lagoon 101.

    Removing peer pressure doesn’t change their biological curiosity. Nothing will. Yes, it’s important that we teach girls not to be pressured into it, but how about a course that actually teaches them how to decide if they are ready? And then you can teach them how to express that to others, including friends and boyfriends/dates. But if you hide from them the reality going on in their own bodies, and you don’t help them figure out what is right for them, how the hell are they supposed to tell the people applying the pressure?!

    I am intensely relieved that my 14 year old boy has agreed to talk to me before he does it. Now sure, he may not stick to that, but I promised we’d avoid any topics that overly creeped him out, just a discussion about being smart and safe. And I feel reasonably confident he will do it (if there’s much forethought to the event) just because he knows I don’t have a stick up my ass about sex, and I’ve never tried to tell him when it’ll be right for him or that smart boys just don’t do it.

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