June 23rd, 2011



NB: I will be allowing but deleting comments. This is a place for me to reference when people go off on one. Valid points will be used to improve this post but comments will then be deleted.

OK, let's see if I can make things easier for myself by having a single reference point I can link people to when they talk nonsense.

Tiredly and predictably whenever I'm accused of anything nasty the same few things are always brought up. Not the couple of grand we raised for the Japanese Tsunami relief, not the social activism of @ctiv8, not the interesting world building of Cloak of Steel, not the wells of ideas of all sorts in the seeds books. No. Accusations of misogyny because of Quintessential Temptress, Slayer's Guide to Female Gamers, Nymphology and Hentacle/Cthentacle.
One by one then:
Slayer's Guide to Female Gamers: This is a joke at the expense of the supposed prevalent attitudes of male gamers to women in gaming. It's taking the piss out of the ludicrous representations and ideas surrounding women in games and playing off the rife idea that male gamers are all girlfriendless, socially inept dingbats. Misogynistic? No. Using humour to poke fun at misogyny and social ineptitude? Yes.
Quintessential Temptress: As above really, but more of an 'in-game' examination where Female Gamers used the medium of the game to make fun of real life. I can understand a bit more where you might be confused by this one as I was rather frustrated by the time it came to doing this one since I really wanted to write a more serious examination of sex/sexuality in a fantasy setting. This meant the book ended up a little schizophrenic (in the colloquial rather than medical sense) between the aim of satire and the aim of providing useful material. Nonetheless, it's another satirical pisstake of the stereotypes of women in fantasy. It even says so bluntly in the disclaimer.
Nymphology: This is just about sex, not men/women/whatever and again, while I'd have loved to do a more serious take on it comedy was the order of the day in the wake of The Munchkin's Guide to Powergaming. Why this one gets brought up I don't know and if you don't think magic would be used in a naughty way if it was real, I invite you to take a look at what people did with the internet.

Tentacle Porn: Producing porn doesn't make you a misogynist, nor does indulging in BDSM fantasies. There's a line between reality and fantasy that some people seem to have trouble distinguishing. I've said there's 'no excuse' for Hentacle before - it was made as the result of a drunken bet - but that's not entirely true. Much like the previous entries in this list a huge aspect of the game as it was developed was satirical (as well as making bad puns). Many westerners have a very peculiar and biased perception of the Japanese as tentacle-obsessed/borderline paedophile/suicidal/cruel perverts and playing to stereotypes is, again, a good way of sticking the knife in to those prejudices and perceptions. Cthentacle just built on the brand with worse puns and playing off the whole Alt.sex.cthulhu thing (for those of you old enough to remember Usenet).

Some people view the production of any kind of pornography as sexist and exploitative but let's just say that there's considerable disagreement on the matter and I come down on the Sex-Positive side of that particular fence. My rule is 'what the fuck ever so long as everyone consents and is compis to consent'.
There, hopefully that's all clear now and you can stop making the same mistake over and over and over and over again.
If you've got a problem with the writing, don't share the same sense of humour or what-the-fuck-ever the case is, stick to criticism on that basis. Don't sling around groundless accusations as a substitute for criticism or to shore up uninformed criticism.

And otherwise...