Everyone has been blogging on the E3 “Booth Babes” Ban. I hadn’t yet because Astarte and Tekanji did a fine job of it. Today, Game Politics provided me fodder for my own two centers with an unprofessional defense of the booth babes. Besides defending the exploitation with the tired this is how it’s always been (”they’ve been a part of the E3 landscape forever”), Game Politics claims to have the best interests of the models themselves at heart:
Simply put, the ESA’s ban on “booth babes” at the 2006 E3 Expo stinks. It’s a politically-correct ploy by the video game industry that will have a negative financial impact on the dozens – if not hundreds – of actresses and models who typically work at the show.
So if we feminists really cared about women, we’d oppose the E3 ban because it gives women jobs? The ESA rule reads: Material, including live models, conduct that is sexually explicit and / or sexually provocative, including but not limited to nudity, partial nudity and bathing suit bottoms, are prohibited on the Show floor, all common areas, and at any access points to the Show. ESA, in its sole discretion, will determine whether material is acceptable. I don’t see anything about female models being banned, just restricted from nudity, partial nudity and bathing suit bottoms. Blame game developers for ceasing to hire clothed models, not ESA for taking a step away from alienation almost half the gaming population.