Playing an online game designed to “challenge the cultural norms that help sexual violence flourish” is now required for all Cal State Northridge students, report Scott Ott and David Steinberg on PJ Media. Students who don’t play Agent of Change will not be allowed to register for fall classes.
Sims-style characters act out scenarios, helping users “see the connections between these power-based violations, how these problems affect their lives, and what they can do to challenge the cultural norms that help sexual violence flourish,” according to the web site.
Students who give the approved response (“Sex with someone too drunk to consent is sexual assault”) go on the “green path.”
Slightly wrong responses (“girls need to realize” that “it’s normal for guys to want sex”) lead to the yellow path, where the player will be guided toward enlightenment. Serena says: “I guess I see what you mean. I just wish you would think about it more.”
Wrong answers (“I’m sick of guys being blamed when girls act stupid”) lead to the orange path, where the player will be corrected more strongly. Serena says: “A girl should be able to get drunk, flirt and act stupid at a party without getting raped.”
“Agent of Change is designed specifically to allow you to track as much or as little of your students’ action as you desire,” university officials are told.
Those orange-pathers better watch out.
“I don’t know if people will really be truthful,” Brandon Alvarez, a theater major told Cal Northridge’s Sundial. “Some of the scenarios are pretty obvious about the answers that they want you to choose.”
The game’s producers believe “various ‘oppressions,’ and not individual decisions to engage in criminal activity, are the root cause of sexual violence,” write Ott and Steinberg. That’s “a political viewpoint . . . which now must be regurgitated by the entire CSUN undergraduate community.”
In this scene, a character explains why drunken Scott is responsible for his actions (he has a “PhD in drinking”) but drunken Jill is not. What about an inexperienced male who has sex with a more experienced female after both have been drinking?