Kristof is experimenting with using social media entertainment to educate and inspire a new generation.
‘It will be vaguely analogous to FarmVille. You’ll have a village, and in order to nurture this village, you’ll have to look after the women and girls in the village. Actions in the game will also have real-world effects. In other words, there will be schools and refugee camps that will benefit if you do well in the game.’
Looks pretty interesting.
“You’ll have to look after the women and girls.”
What is that supposed to mean? I understand that this game is supposed to promote humanitarian efforts, and that’s a good thing, but the phrasing of that particular objective just sounds sexist to me. :/ It just makes it sound like the women aren’t capable of taking care of themselves, and that all men are (even though neither is all the way true, obviously). How about “look after the townspeople and children” instead?
Um, in third world countries (which this thing is trying to raise awareness/explore) people don’t have the luxury of what women’s rights movements have done. I think it’s a more realistic approach than the “don’t offend anyone! include all the races and body types!” that we’re inundated with in media today.