Feministing’s Samitha fumes about the latest entry in the Grand Theft Auto series:
What I can’t get down with is justifying blatant misogyny by calling it art.
I know this is a crazy, crazy thought, but perhaps something can be both misogynistic and art. It can even be misogynistic and… good art.
Now, maybe GTA-IV is misogynistic; I haven’t played it, and the analysis we get later in the post—essentially that if a game permits some sort of hideous behavior, the creators endorse that behavior, and the player is participating in a self-reinforcing fantasy—seems awfully simplistic. But hey, it’s not that implausible, so let’s suppose it is. Maybe that deserves comment. But it has no bearing on the game’s status as art. Triumph of the Will is brilliant cinema; pointing out that Nazi’s are evil—while certainly worth doing—doesn’t change that.