That Girl Is Poison

GameSpot's Carolyn Petit reflects on the portrayal of gaming's most prominent transgender figure.

Street Fighter X Tekken has been out for a week now. It's a significant game for a number of reasons, but for me personally, no reason is more significant than its inclusion of Poison as a playable character.

I can't discuss why this matters to me without getting personal, so let's get personal: I'm transgender. Speaking for myself, I can say that growing up was very painful. The contrast between who I knew I really was and who everyone else expected me to be was frequently excruciating. But video games were a valuable means of temporary escape, a way to enter a world where I could leave this painful fact of my life behind and connect with something directly. They gave me a place where I could face and overcome challenges that reminded me I could also overcome the challenge of getting through another day in the real world.

Who could have predicted that Poison would go on to create such a stir?

On very rare occasions, video games managed to find a way to remind me of my real-world anguish. I remember feeling a bit hurt when I read the manual for Super Mario Bros. 2, which described Birdo as a boy who believed he was a girl and wanted to be referred to as Birdetta. Clearly, Birdo's feelings were presented as a joke, and I wondered, then, if I were a joke. But more often, games inspired me. I felt a kind of pride in the revelation that Samus Aran, intrepid explorer and intergalactic bounty hunter, was female. Just like me.

The fact that anyone at Capcom ever thought it was acceptable to treat Poison's identity as something to be mocked and denied stings.

In the years since I first read about Birdo, I've encountered very few transgender characters in games. However, one video game character has served as a kind of lightning rod for discussion of transgender issues: Poison. Now that Poison has taken on her biggest, most attention-getting role yet, there's plenty of talk out there about her convoluted history, but I'm not interested in rehashing the details here. I'm interested in exploring why her identity matters to me.

When I first encountered Final Fight in an arcade in about 1990, I was immediately enamored with it. Metro City's slums and subways were wonderfully grungy, and wrestler-turned-mayor Mike Haggar was a fantastic hero who in my mind rivaled any character played by Schwarzenegger on the big screen. Playing as Haggar, I would pile-drive the female Mad Gear thug Poison with all the enthusiasm with which I pummeled all her male counterparts. After all, I'd already fought against Linda in Double Dragon, and I didn't go easy on her, either. The way I see it, if you're going to kidnap someone and then use physical force against those intent on rescuing the person you've kidnapped, you deserve to get clocked. Also, if you're a video game character, you can't feel actual pain.

But apparently someone somewhere took issue with the idea of clobbering sprites that resembled women. So for the SNES version of Final Fight, Poison and her fellow Mad Gear girl Roxy were replaced with male thugs Sid and Billy. Poison was far from out of the picture, though.

Now Poison is holding her own in Street Fighter X Tekken.

If you read the current Wikipedia page about Poison, it suggests that she was turned into a transgender character to address concerns from Americans about hitting women, as if hitting a woman who is transgender is far more acceptable than hitting a woman who is not. This problematically reinforces the notion that transgender women aren't really women at all.

A new video on YouTube about Poison indicates that she was originally designed as a transgender woman, which would be fine with me, except that here in the US, Capcom has often treated this aspect of her identity as an appropriate subject for ridicule. Initial win screens for characters that defeated Poison earlier in the development of Street Fighter X Tekken showed them saying things like, "Your looks can really be deceiving! I should be careful not to fall into your trap," and "You're not very ladylike at all. I felt like I was fighting against a guy…" In other words, these characters were denying Poison her identity, and this can be extremely painful for transgender people.

Capcom denied Poison her female identity in other ways, too. At one point, the game's official site said of Poison, "She may look like a finely curved woman, but looks can be deceiving." The win quotes and the website text have been changed, but the fact that anyone at Capcom ever thought it was acceptable to treat Poison's identity as something to be mocked and denied stings. She clearly identifies as female and lives her life as female; for a video game character as for a real person, this should be all anyone needs to know. She is female in every way that should matter to anyone.

Poison knows who she is. If you have a problem with it, that's your problem.

We mock what we don't understand, what scares us, or what makes us uneasy. Most of us only need to think back to our days in middle school to see proof of this; it's the kids who are different that are the targets of bullying and mocking. It's saddening to see this same juvenile attitude reflected in Capcom USA's approach to Poison, and it's all the more striking when you consider that this deep-seated anxiety and the accompanying cruelty it breeds isn't mirrored in Japan. If Poison's treatment is any indication, we have a particular level of discomfort with transgender people here in the United States.

She clearly identifies as female and lives her life as female; for a video game character as for a real person, this should be all anyone needs to know.

Problematic as the apparent origins for her transgender status are, I'm glad that Poison exists. In general, I want more transgender characters in games. But sometimes I think that Capcom's handling of Poison only encourages people to mock her--to see her identity, and the identity of transgender people in general, as less than fully legitimate. Even the seemingly well-intentioned documentary about Poison on YouTube is not without its problems; it frames the dichotomy of Poison as one between her being "transgender" and "100% female," as if those two things were mutually exclusive. As someone who has always felt that I am 100 percent female in mind and spirit, and who felt that pretending to be a boy was the lie, this makes me wonder: What percent female, exactly, are transgender women like me?

So if nothing else, Poison helps to illuminate the fact that we still have a long way to go in our understanding and acceptance of transgender individuals. In an ideal world, in my opinion, Poison's debatably transgender identity would be just one detail of her character, no more of an issue than Ryu's race or Guile's hair color. But we're not there yet, not by a long shot. My hope is that in the future, Capcom treats her with the dignity she deserves. But in the meantime, Poison seems secure enough in her own sense of identity to not give a damn what Capcom thinks, or to be fazed by the comments of players who may make fun of her.

And to that I say, "You go, girl."

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corteztheg
corteztheg

um this a video game that i have played and my verdict is..... what the f@#! is this  article on about?

MayraViamonte
MayraViamonte

I went through hell to create an account on gamespot just to congratulate you on this post. You keep yourself calm and cool when faced with hateful, disrepectful and hurtful comments, a skill I have been training for a long time, and failing more often than I should like.

 

I'm a trans girl too, from Brazil, and the difference from here to there is that, instead of seen as aberrations, we're seens as prostitutes tranvestites, since a large number of us do work with sex for an umber of reasons which pertain to another discussion. Not my case, tough.

 

So, you're one more demonstration that we can be intelligent, well spoken, and controled. And gamer! xD

 

Kisses, and the strongest of blessings to you.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

I don't mean to sound hurtful, but It's probably easier for others to identify with transgender people who do, in fact, look male or female. Some of the transformations (whether it be hormone injections, surgery, etc.) are pretty amazing. Some transgender people have physical features that make the transition to their desired sex much easier, as far as acceptance goes.

joshmonus
joshmonus

I think im going to throw up.

Quofan
Quofan

@GodGundamNT1 So far you have not responded to any of my points I have made. I have not seen a single coherent thought from you in this entire comments section. "Women are biologicaly designed to become pregnant for nine months, men no matter how much you screw with operations are not." Nobody said that TS's, TV's or CD's can get pregnant, or even want to get pregnant. Or even that they themselves want trans women to get pregnant. What's your point? "What you are really looking at being brainwashed into getting interested in is nothing more than gross men, not women, so get over yourself now". I did not say a shemale was a woman, or even imply as such. I have no idea why you think I'm "into" shemales simply because I accept they have a right to be who they are if they choose. People like you are the reason the rest of the world simply shakes their head in pity at America. "a shemale is nothing more than a man lying to your face while faking being a woman" Did you fall head over heels for a shemale? Because, hey, I'm not judging you if you did, that's cool. It's just a shame you can't just accept you found them attractive regardless of whether they had a dick or not. "don't go around promoting it with lies or using a videogame site to promote a lifestyle" I haven't said you should be transgender or attempted to convince anyone to be transgender. I've just tried to discourage people from being abusive. Only thing I've been promoting is tolerance to others.

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

@FreedomPrime thank you. @Quofan a shemale is nothing more than a man lying to your face while faking being a woman. Women are biologicaly designed to become pregnant for nine months, men no matter how much you screw with operations are not. More over appart from different mentality and feelings, these liar men greatly exagerate what women are into a cartoon character or a bad parody. What you are really looking at being brainwashed into getting interested in is nothing more than gross men, not women, so get over yourself now if thats what you like then good for you, don't go around promoting it with lies or using a videogame site to promote a lifestyle.

c_rakestraw
c_rakestraw moderator moderator

Its the comments on stories like these that make me hate the GameSpot community, and people in general. So much hate and immaturity... I thought we were all better than that. By the way, fantastic article, Carolyn. Keep up the good work!

corteztheg
corteztheg

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cvfish
cvfish

Wahhhhh, I can't take it when people disagree with me.

Apathetic_Prick
Apathetic_Prick

I always looked at Poison as "whatever". Other people don't define your identity, you do. It's the way it always has been. That you would take offense to this is actually very childish, especially since you know better, and so would Poison. Identity and gender are, ultimately, two different things. Being male is only defined by having a schmeckel; female by having a vagina and boobeles. It doesn't matter whether you're g@y or straight, wear levis or armani, think you're the super hero or the belle of the ball. Of course, in my world, there aren't any gender roles. At the end of the day, though, I think you're taking this matter way too far, just like you did the Mass Effect 3 homosexuality matter. You're only adding fuel to the bigots' fires. Meanwhile, the rest of the world has more or less moved on, and we'd rather not have to diffuse issues arising from both sides because someone raises the flag more or less in spite, and another side - equally spiteful - tries to burn it down. I was bullied as a kid, too. I've moved on. So should you.

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

@Giancarlo I do know that, but this is common knowledge to gamers over the age of 20. Are you saying that capcom did not change her gender in fear of backlash from the media?

Giancarlo
Giancarlo moderator

@FreedomPrime You know Wikipedia isn't the end all of information right? It's frequently incorrect.

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

This is take straight from the wiki page Originally conceived as a female thug in Final Fight and part of the game's antagonist group, Mad Gear, concerns about reactions from North American audiences to fighting women resulted in the character being changed to a newhalf, and further replaced by male characters in the Super Nintendo release of the game. see, she is not a She-male, nor a trans gender, this article is bogus. it was a easy way for capcom to get the media off their back.

Quofan
Quofan

@GodGundamNT1 I have no idea what the hell you are on about. I wasn't commenting on the fact that sad people such as yourselves are so intolerant and paranoid you believe that anyone open-minded has an "agenda" (see gay agenda, atheist agenda, liberal agenda etc.). Carolyn obviously chose this topic because it is personal to her, not because she is trying to force anything down your throat (excuse the pun). I was merely pointing out that there is actually another example of a character like Poison, in Streets of Rage 2. It wasn't Carolyn who suggested that particular example either. I believe it was mentioned in British magazine Nintendo Gamer (formerly NGamer). So are you going to tell me that Nintendo Gamer is promoting transgender lifestyle despite not having any trans staff? Of course not. Thank **** I live in Scotland, where we accept others for who they are and judge the quality of their work, not the person.

Quofan
Quofan

I want to add that it was the same story for the female dominatrix characters with whips in Streets of Rage 2, apparently they are supposed to have been transgender too.

Hirasugi
Hirasugi

oh and nice Bell Biv Devoe reference Caro :)

Hirasugi
Hirasugi

@shiss27 I wouldn't choose because I'm not god. I also am not a person that treats differing genders as disorders and diseases that demand to smite out of existance. One thing we can agree, I'm glad you don't have transgender, bi-sexual, or gay children either. They wouldn't have a fitting life.

Hirasugi
Hirasugi

Nice read. while Poisond's treatment is quite sad, I see it as the developer's immaturity in terms of character altogether. Story has never been a strong suit for fighting games, and characters in particular are no where near treated with the amount of respect they deserve. this is why, while sad I can't take there overblown sterotype entirely offensive. My personal go-to for a transgendered character is Kaine from Nier. It was disappointing that once again the developers shyed away from explicitly stating if she was transgender, relying on subtle hints throughout the tale. But I agree more diversity is much needed in this industry

MasterOfSprites
MasterOfSprites

Excellent read, I really liked the part that stated "it frames the dichotomy of Poison as one between her being 'transgender' and '100% female,'" because it really makes me think. It is an excellent quote. Too often people are obsessed with the question "does she have a penis as if that actually matters. Any way an artist chooses to draw her, with or without, she would still be transgender. I hope people are more accepting of transgender characters in the future. Maybe even make them an option in RPGs like Mass Effectish games.

RO-nIn187
RO-nIn187

@LastRambo341 not crazy, just misled by their education... and i wouldnt call myself lost, rather their enemy :P

shiss27
shiss27

This very simply comes to this. I want the best for my offspring. I want their lives to be easy as chocolate. If my child turns out to be gay trans, or bi-sexual...they will receive love just the same as if they weren't. But, and this is a major but, If I had a choice to actually choose what my child would be, I would undoubtedly choose for my child to be straight. I WOULD NOT leave it to chance. Parents of autistic children, if granted the choice, would absolutely choose for their child to be born normal as would I. Answer me this, all of you, in your honest opinion, If you HAD to make a choice between ONLY gay trans, or bi-sexual versus plain old straight, which would you choose? You know my choice.

Orellano
Orellano

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Kickable
Kickable

not directed at shiss obviously, but the whole defense of meaning of life being reproduction is a little hard to buy from some religious zealot(and i'm not an atheist btw) who does not believe in anything remotely close to live and let live unless that person is contributing in spitting a baby out every 10 months. if they had their way they'd be impeding the meaning of life alot more than the homosexual/transgender population. and you know this is the #1 defense for the majority of homophobes, whether they're just masquerading as religious or actually believe what they're saying. no one gives a **** about traditional family anymore, people get married out of feeling of obligation, and alot of the times it stems from an accidental pregnancy. there's a reality TV each year about both aspects of a family, it's a mockery.(at least in the US)

Freezeryder
Freezeryder

@shiss27 So, you just wanna make sure, that all those feelings of being "wrong", "unusual", "unaccepted" and worse, that people with different lifestyles suffer through in their youth and beyond, gets topped off with a nice signed and framed helping of: "and yes, you are also natural abominations." Well done, sir. We are not animals, we are people and the meaning of life is an incomprehensibly complicated thing to nail down and it borders on recklessness, when you strut around and label things as correct or incorrect. True or untrue. Living only to create life, just as "survival of the fittest" no longer applies to us. Things have changed. "So you better start swimming or you'll sink like a stone." (Bob Dylan)

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

Its similar to how George Lucas was angry when he made the movie American Graphitti and some studio people who did not create the story or shoot the scenes came in and changed, deleted and altered his movies and why he became so protective of Star Wars later, when he had every right to since without George Lucas we would NOT have had Star Wars. There are however plenty of US based creative programming game devs who make their own franchises and yet their stuff has not been heavily moddified or altered except for say RAtchet and Clank where IG were there working with Japanese localizers to make Ratchet's eye brows bigger for art style and comedic effect. Or its like a comic book artist once said a guy called John Byrne who used to do art for X-Men, Fantastic Four, Superman and others and was offered a job at Dysney, then in the contract it basically said, any character you create is our intellectual property and he declined the offer despite the money. Its better to keep your dignity and self identity than to live a lie and perpetuate or lie to people to believe the lie. Pride does not equal Lies.

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

It was at its worst when a company called Harmony Gold bought the rights to publish/broadcast and dub a couple of average (but good) Japanese anime series and glue them together into a related story when they were three different self contained and unrelated series with the whole Robotech thing that to this day has prevented ANY of the Japanese games made in Japan on the old SDF Macross and others from being localized outside of Japan even when the animation studio fought to regain the rights to what they created.

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

Like I said, its been so many years so many that Capcom Japan's REAL CREATIVE people don't see the point to changing stuff like how Gouki became Akuma, Vega became M.Bison and so on but as for Poison its very simple, she was always a female gang member and related character to Final Fight games and Capcom lore. It would have been wrong for Capcom Japan to accept once again something they did not originally intend with reguards to Poison. And like I said other companies who localized games from Japan did the same alterations to things that they did not create and figured noone would notice like changing Robert Garcia from Art of Fighting/King of Fighters from Mexican to Italian despite his stages always being set in Mexico. And that character from Mark of the Wolves I also mentioned. It does not stop there, there is also censorship out of fear from US PTA groups and shame groups like when they changed the initial translation of Dragon Ball Z by digitally erasing the blood from the battles and turning it into sweat, changing Friezas sexuality into some Wizard of Oz wicked witch when Frieza was never portrayed as such in both the original Japanese and even in the spanish translation dub in Mexico where he was correctly portrayed as a polite but cruel and arrogant warlord/emperor.

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

@Orellano you are falling into Carolyn's trap of an argument, don't play that game. There is really nothing wrong with someone who chooses to live a lifestyle or chooses to think they are something even if they were not born to it in the biology of life and reality. However it is wrong to perpetuate an "ignorant lie" which is what this article is and what the article write is trying to promote. Live I said, those CAPCOM USA staff people who worked on localizing games were not part of the creative teams, they only translated the Japanese language to English while also ALTERING and OMMITING things like who actually created the games, basically taking credit for something they did not make no different than some singer becoming hugely super famous by taking some other artist's musical arrangement/beats or lyrics or corus and then denying that they copied, took or stole an idea they did not create from their imagination like it happened with Vanilla Ice the rapper and other singers.

Orellano
Orellano

Doesn't this site have any normal human beings. Another evidence that IGN is better than this pathetic website.

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

Fear of a lawsuit did not happen but back then were paranoid times mainly because of home console games like Night Trap that were really not violent but were being abused by sick political idiots looking to get re-elected based on moral guilt trips, this article by Carolyn Petit is no different in fact it sinks to the same level of perpetuating a lie. Please STOP, don't keep insinuating that the Poison character is something she is not. We gamers demand an apology from gamespot for this travesty.

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

This is stupid and very offensive. Carolyn Petit is only perpetuating the lie established by the prejudiced employees from the 1990s Capcom USA who where only localizing teams NOT CREATIVE teams. Poison was NEVER a shemale, a transgender or any sick fantasy you seem to be promoting for the sake of turning a videogame forum into a political platform. Poison as a character in Final Fight just like Linda as a character in Double Dragon in the arcade versions where these characters were created were 100% inspired by USA films like The Warriors where as I already mentioned there were female gang members. Obviously the videogames were not about physically abusing women, they instead portrayed the gangs like battles as depicted in US films back when videogame graphics were limited to 2d sprites and highly creative artists and programmers. Obviously Chung Lee and latter Cammy were not labeled shemales correct? yet they were constantly the subject and target of versus battles against men correct? in hand to hand fighting yet Capcom USA staff were unable to screw around with or hide those characters.

Goose
Goose

Great article, Caro, as always. :)

nate1222
nate1222

@Lockedge Agreed. The idea that someone's sexual identity needs to be "cured" as if it were a disease is both bigoted as Hell and dogmatic as Hell. Obviously of the McCarthyist and Abrahamic belief systems. Myself? Regardless of my own sexual identity (I love being Bi, it rocks), I feel that the human species would be very bland without such variety. If everything about us were functionalist, we'd be these bland, grey, dull, easily frightened, unimaginative little creatures I couldn't stand to be around. As for Poison and Bridget (a rather hot shemale in the Guilty Gear series)...all I can say is, "Get-get-get-get-get...get it, girl!" (old 2 Live Crew raunchy rap). Those two lovely ladies sooooo rock.

Freezeryder
Freezeryder

@shiss27 And then what is this truth you convey? That life is created through sperm and eggs? Well, I'm pretty sure we can all agree on that. Is your point that it's incorrect to lead a lifestyle that does not support this equation directly? No, you seem to like all walks of life, you said. So what are you actually doing besides sniffin' your own farts here? You seem quite excited about...something...but, it's not clear what it is.

shiss27
shiss27

@liam72 Yea that's true. 1 billion extra people in just about 5-7 years. Geesh. Maybe trans, gay and bi-sexualism is nature's answer to population control. Even though you were being somewhat comical, you have a valid point. Again, I have no problem with gays, trans, or bi-sexuals. I truly love all people of all types. I just have an insatiable need to convey the truth.

Aiwatan
Aiwatan

@drummerdickens Wouldn't commenting on something you allegedly 'couldn't care less' about contradict the statement all together though? If you cared enough to comment, then obviously you could care less. Right? . I don't know what the correct use of the saying is if I'm honest. English confuses me sometimes ;_;

Aiwatan
Aiwatan

@shiss27 "100% of you were born through a MALE SPERM fertilizing a FEMALE EGG" Well I never ;p

St0rmgazer
St0rmgazer

File 13 looks like a busy place still..... I watched the video all the way through Carolyn and it was really enlightening. Keep up the great work Sister!

liam72
liam72

@shiss27 The caps lock convinced me you are right. Evolution ftw, procreation is all that matters even if we're nearing worldwide overpopulation.

shiss27
shiss27

@Freezeryder You can't argue large facts with small facts. I'm aware of the1 out of 100 million species (bonobos) where males have sex with males (strange thing is, they are "intelligent" and share 95% of human DNA, possibly why they have homosexual tendencies). But you cannot discount the 99,999,999 million other species that have been FUUUUCKING for millions of years (forgive my language if you are underage). MILLIONS OF YEARS OF heterosexual fornication. MILLIONS OF YEARS of instinctual yearning for the female genetalia by males and vice versa. MILLIONS OF YEARS CANNOT BE DENIED. THIS IS FACT. Not emotion. Not some silly assed human being trying to actually fool him/herself into believing that it's "OK" (BY EVOLUTIONARY STANDARDS ONLY. I'm not group bashing in any way) to like the same sex for sexual purposes. MILLIONS OF YEARS OF CREATION OF GENERATIONS UPON GENERATIONS prove everyone in this post wrong, who side with the belief that it's correct to be gay bi-sesual, or trans BY EVOLUTIONARY STANDARDS NOT SOCIETY. Those that are trans, bi-sexual, or gay ALL OF YOU posting, 100% of you were born through a MALE SPERM fertilizing a FEMALE EGG, the way it has been done for MILLIONS OF YEARS AND WITH 100s OF MILLIONS OF DIFFERENT Species.

drummerdickens
drummerdickens

There's only one thing about this article that bothers me and it has nothing to do with transgender opinion or politics... ...it's Americans using the term "COULD CARE LESS". That doesn't make ANY sense! IF YOU "COULD CARE LESS", that means that you DO CARE to a certain degree and, therefore, are in the position to CARE LESS. Saying you COULD CARE LESS gives NO indication about HOW you feel about something. What you mean to say is "COULDN'T care less". By stating you "COULDN'T care less" you are stating you do not care about something at all and PHYSICALLY CANNOT care any less about a subject. The phrase is "COULDN'T CARE LESS" damn it! For the love of God, your native language is English. Try to learn it and use it properly!

chapan17
chapan17

Well I believe this comment will probably stir some rage but since this is an opinion piece i thought I'd share mine. In no ways do I want to disrespect Carolyn Petit, but i think that sometimes people tend to overreact to certain things. I.e: I am Peruvian and last year modern family characters made comments regarding theft saying something like "Im Colombian, what do you think I am Peruvian", and there was a great outburst of rage against the actress who said it going around because it was offensive, however in context I believed it was a very realistic answer a person would have said in her situation and it was used for comedic value so I was not offended. I'm not saying you can't speak your mind, I just believe that maybe writing an article on a gaming site just to share your opinion on a social theme is probably not the best manner, since people here mainly come in to read news,articles and opinion pieces more related to gaming. On another note which might sound personal however, I disagree with some of the comments since they were used in a manner that seemed as a correction. I believe that although you can consider yourself 100% f in mind and spirit due to some physical themes you are not 100% female. But I believe that is okay, because you should be proud of who you are, and if that is transgender, then thats it. One last time, no disrespect to Carolyn since I appreciate her skills as a blogger and reviewer just thought I'd share my piece of mind

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drcsyntax
drcsyntax

@Lockedge Well, now there's something you're not considering. Capcom Japan, is NOT making fun of Poison for being transgender. Hell; their version of Poison is Post-Op. Capcom USA's Poison is Pre-Op. So as Petit's ignorance pointed out, earlier winning phrases may have poked fun at what may have seemed to be Poison transgender, but when you really think about it; it was simply Capcom Japan, poking fun at Capcom USA and their inability to handle the character for what she is. Some people just like to take up a torch and fight for something they "believe" exists; when in reality, it doesn't. Check your history books....this nonsense happens all the time, someone starting a riot over nothing. Shall I point out my distaste for Petit again?

Gamer-Geek
Gamer-Geek

@Lockedge Not trying to stir hate, just detest the fact that Gamespot should express its ethical, political and moral standpoints to those who don't come here for that. And the overused "U Mad Bro?" meme is as lame as your comment below - likewise I don't and pretty sure, nor does anyone else care for your opinion.

Lockedge
Lockedge

@poupy79 Wow, you've convinced me. Now please, present your conclusions to the APA, I'm sure they'll want to hear that something they've written hundreds of studies on is merely "all psychological that can be cured". Well, see, for most, it CAN be "cured". Through HRT, therapy, and surgery(depending on the individual and circumstance).