Editors' note: the following column contains subject matter that some readers may find offensive.
Many -- too many -- red-blooded American boys grow up on Japanese video-game systems from Sony and Nintendo. Their cultural interests can extend into Japanese cartoons ("anime") and some even discover Japanese pornographic cartoons ("hentai"). How so? Boys play games and watch cartoons like the "Dragon Ball Z" series, but can quickly surf the Web and find related cartoon titles like "Dragonball X," only to learn they are hard-core porn.
But that isn't all video-gaming boys can discover. CNN reports that Japanese porn also extends to sick video games that center on raping girls and women. One such game is called "RapeLay." The game begins with a young teenage girl on a subway platform who asks the video player in a high and tiny voice, "Can I help you with something?" The player then chooses a method of sexual assault. Players can also follow the girl onto the train and assault her older sister and her mother. Rape is not an option on the menu; rape is the entire point of the game.
As the game continues, "friends" join in. Now the females can be raped repeatedly. It even allows the player to impregnate a girl and urge her to have an abortion. Rape the girl; kill the child.
The feminist group Equality Now has moved to have this rape game removed from store shelves, but the controversy naturally has moved to the next step: It has gone viral, being offered all over the Internet, in some cases for free. This puts "RapeLay" in the same category as sicko games like the high-school shooting re-enactment game "Super Columbine Massacre RPG."
CNN says there are more "hentai" games where "RapeLay" came from. Reporter Kyung Lah found another sexual revenge fantasy: find and rape the woman who fired the player from his imaginary job. Along the way, the player can rape other girls and women.
Lobbyist Taina Bien-Aime told CNN that "It's obviously very difficult to curtail activity on the Internet. But the governments do have a role in trying to regulate this sort of extreme pornography of children, both in their countries, and through the Internet." Equality Now wants the government of Japan to ban all games that promote and simulate sexual violence, sexual torture, stalking and rape against women and girls. But government officials wouldn't even talk to CNN about any government action, or even an official expression of disgust.