Close your eyes! The above picture is too hot for young minds to take. Or so thought Electronic Games in 1983 when they elected to censor the poster-girl's bikini-clad crotch with an inelegant black circle.
When I first saw this ad for "video game sports accessories," I thought the censorship have been a joke. But since it was published a video game magazine in 1983 — hence, "for kids" — it makes more sense. She's clutching that phallic-looking broken joystick awfully close to the operative parts of her reproductive anatomy, and I guess that made the magazine nervous. God forbid she conceive a child with an arcade machine.
But what exactly has been gained by covering her crotch? It makes one wonder what hideous, kinky, suggestive imagery might be lurking under there to warrant such a circle. And therein lies the problem with arbitrary censorship — it draws undue attention to what otherwise might have been a mundane affair.
Discussion topic of the week: Imagine you're ten years old in 1983. What would you think of the image above?
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