ALRIGHT. Although this was discussed in previous threads a while ago, I would like to take the opportunity to attack the roleplay of a great deal of the playerbase. On what, you may ask?
Sex sex sex. The problems in game related to sex have obviously never been dealt with, and so in a VAIN attempt to deal with them I SHALL DRAG THIS ISSUE BACK UP. Kicking. Screaming. And begging for its mommy.
As some people have noticed, people have sex on the mud. Some, more than others. This is not a bad thing unless it comes at the expense of realistic roleplay. The actual act, I'm not going to rant about. That's been done to death and everyone knows where they stand on it. How we treat gender in relation to it is another matter entirely.
Officially, as we know it - Zalanthian genders are equal. No gender is 'superior', no gender is more likely to be found in positions of power, no gender is more likely to take one job than the other. Even RL physical differences between genders are equal. Upper body strength, poise, balance, awareness, etc... all of that is exactly the same in men and women on armag.
Then why is it that time, and time again female PCs who DARE take on a lover or two suffer a barrage of insults? Somehow, it's bad when a woman has sex, worse when she has a lot of it... AND SOCIAL DEATH if she happens to have risen to any position of power.
Slut. Loose. Whore. No self respect. Desparate. Sleeping her way to the top.
Male pcs in similar positions? NO PROBLEM! I can think of a few male PCs in particular who fucked half of Allanak - usually with a range of reactions. Some negative, mostly neutral, some positive. You know, a range. Not 'HE'S A WHORE! HE SLEPT HIS WAY TO THE TOP!' Said reactions can be negative, but not overwhelmingly so. I have never, ever seen a male PC accused of sleeping his way to the top on armag.
And even if a woman on arm DOES sleep around... why is this a -bad- thing? Where the hell are the puritan roots on armag that would spawn this sort of attitude? Commoners don't even get married! Why is sex suddenly bad, especially so when a woman is involved? The answer is obvious in terms of RL influence on how we react towards gender, but we should be attempting to get past that.
I've been playing armag off and on for eight years now, and during that time I have seen pc, after pc, after pc become the subject of endless attack because she dared to have sex with more than one man. Unless there is some sort of official word on how this sort of reaction jives with gender standards on arm... this is my plea.
PLEASE STOP IT. IT IS BAD ROLEPLAY.
Got a problem with sex? Fine. Make sure men get as much flak as women. No problem with sex? Even better. Make sure women get as much praise for scoring the big one as men. If you disagree with me on this, fine - just remember one thing here. The F-me PC is a term known to pretty much every armer as an example of bad roleplay, and I sure as hell don't think of a man when that term is used. Think about that.