Genuinely wanted to keep out of this thread, but I did want to throw in one clarification.
No, GBX is not some authoritarian Pinko-Stasi. The reason I know that is I wouldn’t be here if that were the case, they would’ve never invited me to help moderate.
I never talk politics online, because I do not think there is anything as dull as prattling on about some topic that we all know we’ll never change our minds on. I am really not going to get in to my views in detail, because I don’t care to share them and you genuinely don’t care to hear them.
I own a μολὼν λαβέ hat, and my politics are nearly completely in line with Christopher Hitchens (with maybe a sprinkle of Sam Harris), and if these are Conservative voices in 2019, I think old Hitch would be rolling in his grave if he hadn’t donated his body to science.
Really guys, this is the hill you’re choosing to die on? You’re this outraged that a videogame company is made a gender neutral robot and is expressing their belief on the matter on their forum?
I am very much a First Amendment kind of guy, and isn’t GBX practicing their right? They own a forum which they define the rules of discourse, they believe that misgendering some one is an active insult. While I do understand that many of you don’t believe that point of view, the moderators have defended every group.
I personally shut down a thread that mocked Christians, we have removed comments that asked people their ethnicity as if it would invalidate their opinion if they said ‘white’, because you are not allowed to attack people on here. We didn’t receive complaints for that, the original posters even understood.
I am completely fine with a Thunderdome style debate, but my skin is thick enough to roll over coals.
The internet is full of shouting halls that masquerade as forums. GBX wants this place to be different and I think that is completely reasonable of them, and I understand why you may not.
They have to create a boundary as to what is considered to be an insult, and they most certainly should be the adjudicators of that term.
While I may not agree with what you say, I am defending your right to say it.
I have Trans people people come to my shop continually, and I refer to them as he/her/they by their preference of pronoun. Why? Because it makes them smile, because it makes them comfortable, and many places around me don’t offer them that comfort.
Come on lads, you’re better than this. At least I would like to believe it. This isn’t you, this is the creation of some ‘other’ that is a minority within a minority to demonize. Instead of debating, just sit down and chat to a lot of the LGBT members of this community and you’ll realize you have very little that differentiate you.
Then we can talk about something actually valuable, like how you’re all novices for using anyone other than Amara because she’s clearly the best character of any gender identity.