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The "C" Word
« on: July 29, 2021, 06:29:18 AM »
Staff would like to see players stop using the word necker to refer to elves, and stop using sexist insults framed against people (e.g. bitch, dick, cunt). We'll be taking the word bitch out of the curses helpfile for its lack of thematic sense. We do not find the word necker to be as thematic as other established words for elves such as sharpear and it is not in the curses helpfile. There is clear evidence that the word "necker" is used as a stand-in for the word "nigger", and regardless of whether it started that way or devolved to hold that place in that game over time, staff believe that this is the best way forward.

We will give players a month or so to phase such words out of their characters' vocabulary. By August we will expect such words to not be in use anymore, and approach players who do use them on an individual basis.

Is this still true? I have seen a heavy increase of the word "cunt" in game and it has been bothering me for a while now.

It has incredibly misogynistic undertones.

Brits and Aussies may be used to flinging the word around, but that doesn't change the misogyny behind it.

I've been guilty of it in the past, as well as 'tok bitch, but I have been trying to ensure I phase it out despite being constantly bombarded with it ever since I returned to the game. Gendered insults are jarring and anti-thematic to use. Why would a Zalanthan person, in a world where women and men are supposed to be equal, use a gendered body part as a derogatory term? This is me urging and practically begging staff to reconsider the upsurge in use of this word and remove it.

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