Boobjam Event Aims To Show Breasts For What They Are
Okay, let’s get the obvious staple question out of the way: Are you more into boobs or asses?
I favour curves, myself.
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But for those who are really into boobehs, there are various reasons why they are a joy to behold, or just to hold, and whether you’re male or female, there is a certain appreciation for all things jiggly on chests to these people. As long as they belong to a woman, of course. If that’s a little too sexually liberated for your liking, then feel free to click that large X on the top-right of your screen.
Now there is a school of thought that exists which depicts breasts as something of a pain. Either emotionally or physically, or perhaps on both accounts, breasts are a chore to have and there are some crueller realities to the boobs that the world as a whole has come to clamour for.
This, at least, is the thought process of one Jenn Frank, a scholar of videogame culture and history who has decided to host a game jam — an event in which budding game developers are encouraged to participate by creating games, to a specific theme — with one rule, simply that all games created must depict the tougher side of having breasts. Think lower back pain, mammogram panic attack, perhaps even getting sexually harassed by the office pervert.
“The underlying joke is that for a lot of people, breasts and having them is an incredibly unsexy reality,” said Frank.
Dr Helen W Kennedy, from the University of Brighton, had the following to say, of the event: “Boobjam is just one of many attempts to move the discussion on and change the aesthetic away from women being nothing but boobs and sexual objects to thinking of them as active subjects. We’re in the process of a big shift in gaming culture and how masculine that’s been.”
It might sound a little feminist to you, and indeed I know of loads of women (friends or otherwise) who are extremely comfortable with their breasts and have never felt insecure or pained in any way, by them. But that should not take away from those other women who go home each night holding their backs because of the pain, or who have ridiculous amounts of stretch marks on their skin which lead them to never dare don bikinis or low-cut tops.
And it’s just nice to see a little de-sexualisation for once.
But I wouldn’t expect anything really special to come out of a game jam. They’re weekend-long events where a group of game developers, led by a project lead of some sort, set out to create something and usually either fail, or reach a fraction of their expectation. It’s more for the purposes of coming up with neat ideas than anything else.
Boobjam takes place this coming weekend, and from there, who knows what ideas we might get. What do you think of the idea? I do expect a few immature comments to come through, but there are those of you whom I expect to be mature about this. Are you someone, or do you know someone who does not have the best of times with their breasts, for this, that or another reason?
I can at least say that I’m quite comfortable about mine.