I am not a scholar nor am i some great wordsmith of the ages. What i am, however, is a concerned individual who actually gives two dimes about other people. That however does not mean, concede without question. It is because that i give two dimes about those of you in and outside of the forums that i write this post. I am not perfect, nor will i ever claim to be. I do not understand all issues regarding gender and race nor will i claim it, however that does not deny access to the topic. Let’s get this show on the road. If i offend you, please reply. Let’s talk about it. To sit and stew in ignorance as well as to scuff and point the finger and write someone off without discussion is to be just as “evil” as you claim others to be. The floor is yours just as much as it is mine. Let’s utilize it. This is a General Dscussion after all.
What does it cost you? That has been the question of the year. What does it cost you to change your pronouns. I will answer that while keeping it in the realm of borderlands 3 for relevance.
Fl4k, being a robot with lore is just that. A robot with lore for the game. With that said you might wonder where all the fire…pitchforks…side remarks…bans…flags come from. I believe it comes from the cost of championing something that knows absolutely zero of said cause. Fl4k is but a robot with lore for the game. It is those on the outside of said game world that have placed Fl4k in the chains of polically correct terms and have shielded said robot with non gender roles because of how THEY feel…not Fl4k. After all Fl4k is just a robot with lore for the game. When someone says “Fl4k is a really cool dude, i like the way he works”. It works against Fl4k to what degree? None. However it clearly has an effect on other people when said act is done. Yet the question is why. Why is that. No one on this planet is Fl4k. The people who do not conform to a specific gender may see themselves in Fl4k but that is entirely on them…a decision that they make if said choice is chosen. A choice being the keyword…for it is not Fl4k in the least bit saying here i am, non gender based hear me roar. It’s a robot with lore who’s going to shoot things and people in a game.
But let’s get to something that really is quite concerning. The phrase “what does it cost you to change your pronouns” and it leading to a ban on the forums. Calling Fl4k a dude does not champion a cause for hate. Someone will read that and feel otherwise. Someone will read or hear someone call Fl4k a dude and feel hurt over THEIR own life and the way that they are. Somehow someone will see Fl4k being misgendered and feel attacked on their own livelihoods. The cost is your escapism. The cost is your personal lore that you place on YOUR copy of the game. The cost is your place in the forums because someone else feels hurt over Fl4k, a robot with lore in the game, being misgendered. The cost is walking on eggshells that shouldn’t be there, especially when said victims were never the subject of such phrases. The cost is the authority meant to keep the peace misusing the intended position to punch down while championing…causes that do not pertain nor correlate. Multiple accounts have been stabbed because of how YOU feel about Fl4k…a robot with lore in the game. The murder we will commit in the game is negligible, yet calling Fl4k a guy is worse than pulling the trigger 1000 times or more. Explain that.