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If we play the "men benefit more than women" card, then why are men still forced into military service in plenty of industry nations across the globe (note: it was only 7 years ago that germany dismissed the law of civil defense service) and why do women mostly by default win courts about child custody?

 

There's unequality on both sides, good and bad. Yes, men usually have more opportunities, nobody denies that, but equality also means looking at those cases where the status quo is in favour of women.

 

And child custody is serious business. Far more important than inheritence.

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Men are, effectively, the oppressors, but you have to not take it personally, if you actually want to understand, and not just to sit around feeling hurt and bitter.

 

 

Then why label men the oppressors? That's completely counter-intuitive. The last page cited multiple studies where the perceived sexism came from both genders, and yet we needlessly label men the oppressors? What purpose does this even serve? There's no point in it. Why are you needlessly insisting on a choice of words that raises tension and hostile attitudes for no reason whatsoever?

 

 

Gender playing a role in inheritance is also completely new to me as I've never experienced this, and trust me I've seen a LOT of fights over inheritance. This is completely out of left field for me, and also something that I'd have to remind does not extend beyond the US even if it were true, as I know for a fact gender plays zero role in inheritance law.

 

 

 

Right-wingers are terrified of any opinion that they disagree with. That's why they're always so desperate to silence opposing voices, whether by insults like "feminazi" or just by going straight to rape and death threats.

 

Basically they're scared that people will find the opinions persuasive. e.g. someone says that "The Limerick" was in really poor taste; Obsidian think about this, agree, and decide to remove it from the game. How to avoid this? Shout down the people you disagree with before anyone can find them persuasive.

 

The right wing has always been pro-censorship, pro-blind-obedience, anti any dissenting voice, and #gamergaters etc. are just another manifestation of this.

 

 

GamerGate got this accusation countless times, to the point it self-polled on reddit and 8chan. The result? The overwhelming majority of supporters are libertarian liberals. This is not a liberal vs. conservative issue, this is a libertarian vs. authoritarian one.

 

Even if it were proven GamerGate were conservative, your entire argument would be a meaningless ad hominem making the ridiculous suggestion that someone with conservative stances cannot be correct or offer valuable insight.

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It's kinda amusing actually, that the SIJW's keep claiming the SJW's "raise lynch mobs" and what have you, and then keep starting threads drumming for lynch mobs against "feminazis" and "political correctness" and what have you.

 

To the OP: better check under your bed, there might be a cultural marxist there.

 

Right-wingers are terrified of any opinion that they disagree with. That's why they're always so desperate to silence opposing voices, whether by insults like "feminazi" or just by going straight to rape and death threats.

 

Basically they're scared that people will find the opinions persuasive. e.g. someone says that "The Limerick" was in really poor taste; Obsidian think about this, agree, and decide to remove it from the game. How to avoid this? Shout down the people you disagree with before anyone can find them persuasive.

 

The right wing has always been pro-censorship, pro-blind-obedience, anti any dissenting voice, and #gamergaters etc. are just another manifestation of this.

 

 

Wow Really? I am the only conservative among my immediate friends, and they all thought that the poem itself was NOT offensive and icequeen had severe  psychological issues. We all believe that the poem shouldn't be changed. Other than myself one of my friends was a backer and he also felt "betrayed" that josh sawyer and obsidian caved so easily and sacrificed the integrity of their artistic freedom for more money. Do NOT fall into the trap of lumping one entire group in one category due to the behavior of so called leaders.

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It's kinda amusing actually, that the SIJW's keep claiming the SJW's "raise lynch mobs" and what have you, and then keep starting threads drumming for lynch mobs against "feminazis" and "political correctness" and what have you.

 

To the OP: better check under your bed, there might be a cultural marxist there.

 

Right-wingers are terrified of any opinion that they disagree with. That's why they're always so desperate to silence opposing voices, whether by insults like "feminazi" or just by going straight to rape and death threats.

 

Basically they're scared that people will find the opinions persuasive. e.g. someone says that "The Limerick" was in really poor taste; Obsidian think about this, agree, and decide to remove it from the game. How to avoid this? Shout down the people you disagree with before anyone can find them persuasive.

 

The right wing has always been pro-censorship, pro-blind-obedience, anti any dissenting voice, and #gamergaters etc. are just another manifestation of this.

 

 

Wow Really? I am the only conservative among my immediate friends, and they all thought that the poem itself was NOT offensive and icequeen had severe  psychological issues. We all believe that the poem shouldn't be changed. Other than myself one of my friends was a backer and he also felt "betrayed" that josh sawyer and obsidian caved so easily and sacrificed the integrity of their artistic freedom for more money. Do NOT fall into the trap of lumping one entire group in one category due to the behavior of so called leaders.

 

 

Are your friends from the Transgender community ?

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Damn, this still going on?  Look, I hate to break somebodies hero fantasy about protecting the poor damsals in distress, but the truth is the majority of women are just not interested in the field.  It has nothing to do with evil sexist men, they are just not interested in that field really.  When I was in college, the freshman class was filled almost equally men to women in programming at the beginning, near the end it became 10 to 1 men to women.  I guess it was because those teachers were sexist right?  Um, no.  The majority of teachers in the computer class were female...oops, so much for that argument.  Ok, then it must have been because of the poor payment of women in the field.  Um no.  Most jumped out before mid freshmen year ended, few people are thinking that far ahead, they are just focusing on getting through college.  I have actually TALKED to a few of them when they decided to change and the answers varied, some found the subject not interesting, others switched to other courses like nursing because it was a better fit, others flat out said they just picked programming/computer because it sounded interesting, but it was a mistake and they should have went with another course.  However not one said or implied it was because they felt harassed or pushed out.  Of course this is from my own personal experience of actually talking to a living breathing women in the field.  All these people arguing about sexism, oppression, whatever.  Have any of you actually TALKED to a living breathing women IN PERSON, and I mean women in the plural sense, not just one random crazy women screaming about being harassed with a twitter account saying things like killallmen which might show a little bias.

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Are your friends from the Transgender community ?

 

 

Does this matter? Do transgender people somehow magically have more valuable opinions than other people?

 

I get where you're coming from, but this logic is ridiculous. It creates an environment where some people are listened to and others are not, AKA the exact sort of discrimination you claim to be fighting. Secondly, it also makes this very ignorant assumption that transgender people are somehow universally unified in their opinions on matters and are not unique human beings with unique perspectives and stances on things.

 

 

Furthermore I can introduce you to a transgender person who couldn't give two ****s about this whole issue. He plays lobbies on TF2Center, a well known community for the game TF2. This might also surprise you, but he doesn't proceed to cry or go ballistic if people call him "he" or "she" or "magic pony" either.

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It's kinda amusing actually, that the SIJW's keep claiming the SJW's "raise lynch mobs" and what have you, and then keep starting threads drumming for lynch mobs against "feminazis" and "political correctness" and what have you.

 

To the OP: better check under your bed, there might be a cultural marxist there.

 

Right-wingers are terrified of any opinion that they disagree with. That's why they're always so desperate to silence opposing voices, whether by insults like "feminazi" or just by going straight to rape and death threats.

 

Basically they're scared that people will find the opinions persuasive. e.g. someone says that "The Limerick" was in really poor taste; Obsidian think about this, agree, and decide to remove it from the game. How to avoid this? Shout down the people you disagree with before anyone can find them persuasive.

 

The right wing has always been pro-censorship, pro-blind-obedience, anti any dissenting voice, and #gamergaters etc. are just another manifestation of this.

 

 

Wow Really? I am the only conservative among my immediate friends, and they all thought that the poem itself was NOT offensive and icequeen had severe  psychological issues. We all believe that the poem shouldn't be changed. Other than myself one of my friends was a backer and he also felt "betrayed" that josh sawyer and obsidian caved so easily and sacrificed the integrity of their artistic freedom for more money. Do NOT fall into the trap of lumping one entire group in one category due to the behavior of so called leaders.

 

 

Are your friends from the Transgender community ?

 

I got plenty of gay and bi friends who said it was fine and there have been plenty of transgen who have said it was fine on forums.  Do they count?  Oh yea, they are against the narrative so they don't count as much as one random crazy person who has no problem with saying things like KILLALLMEN (oh, lets ignore and forget about that sexist little detail huh)?

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If we play the "men benefit more than women" card, then why are men still forced into military service in plenty of industry nations across the globe (note: it was only 7 years ago that germany dismissed the law of civil defense service) and why do women mostly by default win courts about child custody?

 

There's unequality on both sides, good and bad. Yes, men usually have more opportunities, nobody denies that, but equality also means looking at those cases where the status quo is in favour of women.

 

And child custody is serious business. Far more important than inheritence.

In Finland it was male only parliament and male president that decided to add compulsory military service for male citizens of Finland in our constitution and every single parliament after that one has been male dominated in numbers that would allow them to change our constitution, but only propositions to change that law has come from our feminist politicians that drive through law that allowed women to do voluntary military service and currently their efforts to make military service compulsory for women too has been blocked by male majority in our parliament. But still every time males remember rise it as an issue which men had to suffer and women don't when topic of gender equality comes up.

 

Same goes for other things like child custody cases, although in Finland studies about subject show that men win majority of cases that go in court, even though public belief about subject suggests opposite result.

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Are your friends from the Transgender community ?

 

 

Does this matter? Do transgender people somehow magically have more valuable opinions than other people?

 

I get where you're coming from, but this logic is ridiculous. It creates an environment where some people are listened to and others are not, AKA the exact sort of discrimination you claim to be fighting. Secondly, it also makes this very ignorant assumption that transgender people are somehow universally unified in their opinions on matters and are not unique human beings with unique perspectives and stances on things.

 

 

Furthermore I can introduce you to a transgender person who couldn't give two ****s about this whole issue. He plays lobbies on TF2Center, a well known community for the game TF2. This might also surprise you, but he doesn't proceed to cry or go ballistic if people call him "he" or "she" or "magic pony" either.

 

 

You don't think there is any relevance to a joke targeting a particular minority group and asking people from that minority if they find it offensive\hurtful

 

Do you think the best people to decide if certain jokes\comments are offensive are white, heterosexual males ?

 

And no that doesn't mean that other people can't  comment but surly the actual minority group targeted has more credibility ?

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It's kinda amusing actually, that the SIJW's keep claiming the SJW's "raise lynch mobs" and what have you, and then keep starting threads drumming for lynch mobs against "feminazis" and "political correctness" and what have you.

 

To the OP: better check under your bed, there might be a cultural marxist there.

 

Right-wingers are terrified of any opinion that they disagree with. That's why they're always so desperate to silence opposing voices, whether by insults like "feminazi" or just by going straight to rape and death threats.

 

Basically they're scared that people will find the opinions persuasive. e.g. someone says that "The Limerick" was in really poor taste; Obsidian think about this, agree, and decide to remove it from the game. How to avoid this? Shout down the people you disagree with before anyone can find them persuasive.

 

The right wing has always been pro-censorship, pro-blind-obedience, anti any dissenting voice, and #gamergaters etc. are just another manifestation of this.

 

 

Wow Really? I am the only conservative among my immediate friends, and they all thought that the poem itself was NOT offensive and icequeen had severe  psychological issues. We all believe that the poem shouldn't be changed. Other than myself one of my friends was a backer and he also felt "betrayed" that josh sawyer and obsidian caved so easily and sacrificed the integrity of their artistic freedom for more money. Do NOT fall into the trap of lumping one entire group in one category due to the behavior of so called leaders.

 

 

Are your friends from the Transgender community ?

 

I got plenty of gay and bi friends who said it was fine and there have been plenty of transgen who have said it was fine on forums.  Do they count?  Oh yea, they are against the narrative so they don't count as much as one random crazy person who has no problem with saying things like KILLALLMEN (oh, lets ignore and forget about that sexist little detail huh)?

 

For me as long as your friends are from the LGBT community then thats important and relevant if they say the joke wasn't offensive, so yes they do count 

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I got plenty of gay and bi friends who said it was fine and there have been plenty of transgen who have said it was fine on forums.  Do they count?  Oh yea, they are against the narrative so they don't count as much as one random crazy person who has no problem with saying things like KILLALLMEN (oh, lets ignore and forget about that sexist little detail huh)?

 

 

 

Or maybe Obsidian didn't like it. It was kind of in poor taste even if every LGBTWTFBBQ didn't want to storm Obsidian with pitchforks. Ultimately they have their name on it, it is their speech, if they wanted to get rid of it then no biggie. It impacted game content exactly 0%.

 

Sort of funny there is a person wanting to murder all transmen would be so defensive of trans issues but hey, I don't really care what that person has to say unless they show up here.

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Are your friends from the Transgender community ?

 

 

Does this matter? Do transgender people somehow magically have more valuable opinions than other people?

 

I get where you're coming from, but this logic is ridiculous. It creates an environment where some people are listened to and others are not, AKA the exact sort of discrimination you claim to be fighting. Secondly, it also makes this very ignorant assumption that transgender people are somehow universally unified in their opinions on matters and are not unique human beings with unique perspectives and stances on things.

 

 

Furthermore I can introduce you to a transgender person who couldn't give two ****s about this whole issue. He plays lobbies on TF2Center, a well known community for the game TF2. This might also surprise you, but he doesn't proceed to cry or go ballistic if people call him "he" or "she" or "magic pony" either.

 

 

You don't think there is any relevance to a joke targeting a particular minority group and asking people from that minority if they find it offensive\hurtful

 

Do you think the best people to decide if certain jokes\comments are offensive are white, heterosexual males ?

 

And no that doesn't mean that other people can't  comment but surly the actual minority group targeted has more credibility ?

 

 

 

The second line of this is a blatant strawman and is exactly the kind of hysterical bull**** I'm talking about. There's no reason for this. I'll tell you what Bruce, I'll let you solve that mystery on your own since the answer to that question is apparently so difficult to figure out yourself.

 

 

My point was that if we were to do things your way and only value transgender opinion, guess what would happen? A lot of valid opinions would be completely weeded out solely because the people who had them weren't allowed to voice those opinions. Meanwhile, the transgender community would likely be split on the issue just as much as the community as a whole is, because no group is unified in it's beliefs or opinions. Lastly, it creates a problem where theoretically a minority group could use it's complete and total power of opinion on a subject matter to get all sorts of things done. Not to imply that would realistically happen, but to highlight how flawed this manner of thinking is. If for example a state is electing a senator, one is transgender and the other is not, and the transgender community of that state is claiming the opponent is transphobic and no one is allowed to comment on the matter except for the transgender community, well then guess who has all the tools they need to become senator; hell **** that, they can run for president. A theoretical of course, but that doesn't make it any less flawed.

 

 

 

Personally though, again I'm more interested in the needlessly inflammatory statements and accusations that are being insisted upon. There's no reason to make statements like "men are the oppressors," nor is there any reason to even ask if I think only white men should comment on things. And yet you do it. Tell me Bruce, are you an adult or are you a gossip queen in middle school?

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You dont have to be of certain gender or race to have an opinion nor have friends of  in the lbgt comunity to validate them. I can and will use my own critical thinking and reason. Its written in a limerick in a game it can be easily ignored and does not incite viloence against any group or gender, nor there is explict trans description on it, you can maybe imply but only as one possible explanation of many. To me this whole incident only shows how intolerant some outrage mobs can be in the name of imposing  their views.    

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I got plenty of gay and bi friends who said it was fine and there have been plenty of transgen who have said it was fine on forums.  Do they count?  Oh yea, they are against the narrative so they don't count as much as one random crazy person who has no problem with saying things like KILLALLMEN (oh, lets ignore and forget about that sexist little detail huh)?

 

 

 

Or maybe Obsidian didn't like it. It was kind of in poor taste even if every LGBTWTFBBQ didn't want to storm Obsidian with pitchforks. Ultimately they have their name on it, it is their speech, if they wanted to get rid of it then no biggie. It impacted game content exactly 0%.

 

Sort of funny there is a person wanting to murder all transmen would be so defensive of trans issues but hey, I don't really care what that person has to say unless they show up here.

 

That was always a possibility, but pretty doubtful, seems pretty obvious that it was outside pressure from the defenders of the oppressed that did this.

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That was always a possibility, but pretty doubtful, seems pretty obvious that it was outside pressure from the defenders of the oppressed that did this.

 

Maybe. I cannot read minds. I would certainly feel differently if it was something they had made that was part of the game and not one of hundreds of pieces of backer fluff. It is entirely possible they had not had time to accurately review everything or didn't really have time to think about it. That is, after all, what they actually said happened.

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Seriously, this "censorship" (non) issue and the insanity it's set off make me sad for the internet, many people on these boards, and society in general (exaggeration intended).  Reminds me of riots where people are so easily whipped into a frenzy.

 

It's backer content, it's irrelevant to the game, and it's potentially offensive to some people.  The author opted to change it to avoid issues for Obsidian (yeah, that worked).  It's a non-issue.  Let's all move on.

 

The amount of people on here carrying on is astounding...with their "I'll never give them another dollar", "I won't ever support anything else they ever do ever in my whole life", "So disappointed, they caved, let's all band together and (try to) ruin this company that just spent years making an amazing game that we've all been asking for, which they actually delivered on, but that's all beside the point because they edited some irrelevant text which most people don't even bother reading anyway because before this issue exploded we were all complaining about how 'immersion-breaking' the backer-created content was, but that doesn't matter now because we have something to get excited about and pretend we're all in 'V for Vendetta'...Fight the power!"  

 

Wow.  

 

Yes, I know not everyone is that 'frothy', and some people are attempting to raise calm, rational arguments relating to censorship (which this issue is not)...but it all just seems...misguided.

 

I applaud Obsidian's phenomenal game.  I'm fine with how they handled the situation.  I like Firedorn's re-write better than the original...more well written and clever anyway.

 

There is plenty of material in this game which speaks to Obsidian's willingness to tackle sensitive topics in their own way (ie. not pandering to get a PG rating).  Their communication with the backer, and the backer's decision to edit their submission, is a sensible solution to theoretically avoid unnecessary drama over an irrelevant blip in the game.  Problem solved...except for their vocal slice of backers and supporters who are now the ones creating all the drama.  Sheesh.

 

I've been a backer since day one of the Kickstarter, and am overjoyed at what they've delivered.

 

To Obsidian: I suspect, as is usually the case, that the forums are full of a vocal minority.  I suspect that many people like myself who are fine with what's occurred have not taken the time to post on here because, as mentioned, it's a non-issue.  I finally stopped to add my 2 cents because the exaggeration, vitriol, and drama in the past couple weeks honestly left me feeling astounded.

 

Now, that that's sorted...please get back to working on future patches and the expansion!  :-)

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Are your friends from the Transgender community ?

 

 

Does this matter? Do transgender people somehow magically have more valuable opinions than other people?

 

I get where you're coming from, but this logic is ridiculous. It creates an environment where some people are listened to and others are not, AKA the exact sort of discrimination you claim to be fighting. Secondly, it also makes this very ignorant assumption that transgender people are somehow universally unified in their opinions on matters and are not unique human beings with unique perspectives and stances on things.

 

 

Furthermore I can introduce you to a transgender person who couldn't give two ****s about this whole issue. He plays lobbies on TF2Center, a well known community for the game TF2. This might also surprise you, but he doesn't proceed to cry or go ballistic if people call him "he" or "she" or "magic pony" either.

 

 

You don't think there is any relevance to a joke targeting a particular minority group and asking people from that minority if they find it offensive\hurtful

 

Do you think the best people to decide if certain jokes\comments are offensive are white, heterosexual males ?

 

And no that doesn't mean that other people can't  comment but surly the actual minority group targeted has more credibility ?

 

 

 

The second line of this is a blatant strawman and is exactly the kind of hysterical bull**** I'm talking about. There's no reason for this. I'll tell you what Bruce, I'll let you solve that mystery on your own since the answer to that question is apparently so difficult to figure out yourself.

 

 

My point was that if we were to do things your way and only value transgender opinion, guess what would happen? A lot of valid opinions would be completely weeded out solely because the people who had them weren't allowed to voice those opinions. Meanwhile, the transgender community would likely be split on the issue just as much as the community as a whole is, because no group is unified in it's beliefs or opinions. Lastly, it creates a problem where theoretically a minority group could use it's complete and total power of opinion on a subject matter to get all sorts of things done. Not to imply that would realistically happen, but to highlight how flawed this manner of thinking is. If for example a state is electing a senator, one is transgender and the other is not, and the transgender community of that state is claiming the opponent is transphobic and no one is allowed to comment on the matter except for the transgender community, well then guess who has all the tools they need to become senator; hell **** that, they can run for president. A theoretical of course, but that doesn't make it any less flawed.

 

 

 

Personally though, again I'm more interested in the needlessly inflammatory statements and accusations that are being insisted upon. There's no reason to make statements like "men are the oppressors," nor is there any reason to even ask if I think only white men should comment on things. And yet you do it. Tell me Bruce, are you an adult or are you a gossip queen in middle school?

 

I'd just like to say that you've handled yourself very well throughout all the inflammatory comments hurled in your direction.

 

That being said, I would suggest that you stay away from this thread for the time being. You've essentially been marked by some of these people as an easy outlet for their aggression. You see, they aren't actually mad at you, they are mad at someone else, either the one who started the limerick or the one who made a fuss about it, and you just happen to be conveniently located right here. So they use you as a proxy to say all the things they want to say to the respective parties.

 

Because of this fact, no amount of logic (and you have done an exceedingly good job of using it) you use will be effective. I'd assume most of them are just reading the first few sentences or so of your replies and then creating a new emotional storm based on that, and that's if you're lucky.

 

Either way, you're opinions are perfectly valid, and I think you do bring a fresh perspective to this argument. And for the others out there that need validation, this statement is coming from a flagrant homo, that's me for those keeping score. So yes, my opinion is valid even under your ridiculous frame of pseudo-logic.

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Are your friends from the Transgender community ?

 

 

Does this matter? Do transgender people somehow magically have more valuable opinions than other people?

 

I get where you're coming from, but this logic is ridiculous. It creates an environment where some people are listened to and others are not, AKA the exact sort of discrimination you claim to be fighting. Secondly, it also makes this very ignorant assumption that transgender people are somehow universally unified in their opinions on matters and are not unique human beings with unique perspectives and stances on things.

 

 

Furthermore I can introduce you to a transgender person who couldn't give two ****s about this whole issue. He plays lobbies on TF2Center, a well known community for the game TF2. This might also surprise you, but he doesn't proceed to cry or go ballistic if people call him "he" or "she" or "magic pony" either.

 

 

You don't think there is any relevance to a joke targeting a particular minority group and asking people from that minority if they find it offensive\hurtful

 

Do you think the best people to decide if certain jokes\comments are offensive are white, heterosexual males ?

 

And no that doesn't mean that other people can't  comment but surly the actual minority group targeted has more credibility ?

 

 

 

The second line of this is a blatant strawman and is exactly the kind of hysterical bull**** I'm talking about. There's no reason for this. I'll tell you what Bruce, I'll let you solve that mystery on your own since the answer to that question is apparently so difficult to figure out yourself.

 

 

My point was that if we were to do things your way and only value transgender opinion, guess what would happen? A lot of valid opinions would be completely weeded out solely because the people who had them weren't allowed to voice those opinions. Meanwhile, the transgender community would likely be split on the issue just as much as the community as a whole is, because no group is unified in it's beliefs or opinions. Lastly, it creates a problem where theoretically a minority group could use it's complete and total power of opinion on a subject matter to get all sorts of things done. Not to imply that would realistically happen, but to highlight how flawed this manner of thinking is. If for example a state is electing a senator, one is transgender and the other is not, and the transgender community of that state is claiming the opponent is transphobic and no one is allowed to comment on the matter except for the transgender community, well then guess who has all the tools they need to become senator; hell **** that, they can run for president. A theoretical of course, but that doesn't make it any less flawed.

 

 

 

Personally though, again I'm more interested in the needlessly inflammatory statements and accusations that are being insisted upon. There's no reason to make statements like "men are the oppressors," nor is there any reason to even ask if I think only white men should comment on things. And yet you do it. Tell me Bruce, are you an adult or are you a gossip queen in middle school?

 

 

No, once again you fail to actually read and comprehend what I am saying. I never said " only the LGBT community opinions matters on this issue " 

 

As you well know I have many opinions on SJ issues like gender equality and gay  rights  and I am neither a women or a member of the LGBT community. I am white, heterosexual male 

 

So I would a complete hypocrite if I said  only members of a minority group can comment on issues relating to that minority group. I said " And no that doesn't mean that other people can't  comment but surly the actual minority group targeted has more credibility  " 

 

So to explore this point a little further, if there are 10 African Americans in room and two white people and a joke is perceived to be racist towards the African Americans and the room is asked " is this joke racist " and the 10 African Americans say  " no "  I would find it strange if the two white guys still said the joke was racist. Thats why I said " the targeted minority  group should have more credibility " ...thats not the same thing as saying " no one else can comment" 

 

So when someone says " my friends didn't find the limerick offensive " ...my next question would be "well are your friends members of the LGBT community " to understand context 

 

And please when did i say " men are oppressors " ...you are clearly confused, I said no such thing but I agree with the person who said that on most other things 


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No, once again you fail to actually read and comprehend what I am saying. I never said " only the LGBT community opinions matters on this issue " 

 

As you well know I have many opinions on SJ issues like gender equality and gay  rights  and I am neither a women or a member of the LGBT community. I am white, heterosexual male 

 

So I would a complete hypocrite if I said  only members of a minority group can comment on issues relating to that minority group. I said " And no that doesn't mean that other people can't  comment but surly the actual minority group targeted has more credibility  " 

 

So to explore this point a little further, if there are 10 African Americans in room and two white people and a joke is perceived to be racist towards the African Americans and the room is asked " is this joke racist " and the 10 African Americans say  " no "  I would find it strange if the two white guys still said the joke was racist. Thats why I said " the targeted minority  group should have more credibility " ...thats not the same thing as saying " no one else can comment" 

 

So when someone says " my friends didn't find the limerick offensive " ...my next question would be "well are your friends members of the LGBT community " to understand context 

 

And please when did i say " men are oppressors " ...you are clearly confused, I said no such thing but I agree with the person who said that on most other things

What's the difference? "Should have more credibility" and "shouldn't get to weigh in?" I mean the last guy who posted, your response was "were any of those people transgender?" You obviously are providing them with bias and giving their stance more weight. Everything I said more or less still applies.

 

  The "men are oppressors" line is on point with what I said a couple posts back about how giving any perceived differences in STEM the title of "sexism" only serves to escalate any emotionally-charged responses that may occur. That snippet was posted by someone else....who conveniently disappeared (as my debate partners so often seem to do these past few pages) when I posed the question of why he insists on labeling men as oppressors and what purpose it serves. My point was and still is that I see no definitive reason to label it as sexism, nor do I see why the term or phrases like "men are the oppressors" should be used since they contribute absolutely nothing and only serve to devolve discussions into petty quarrels. The second part of your post is indentical in tone. What ****ing purpose is there in asking me if I think only white heterosexuals should be allowed to voice their opinions? You knew damned well how that statement came off and you know damned well what the answer to that question is, and yet you ask it as though it's relevant, topical, or does anything for the discussion. Once again Bruce, this is why you have this reputation of being passive aggressive.

 

 

  And in general I find your "it's to give it context" point flawed. I find the people who "use context" are the same people who skim newspapers and develop their political stances based on what the democrats or the republicans think, without actually bothering to consider the issue themselves and critically think if they approve or not. The only relevance I believe such a question to hold is if the overwhelming majority (I'm talking 95%+) of a community is in agreement on something. Even this, I would expect to be applied more to communities and cultures, not sex orientations or the like. I would be interested what the black community thinks of the local police force vs. what the white community thinks, I would not be so interested in how community X perceives a joke vs. community Y.

 

I do not expect that myself and other disabled people will come to a full-stop concensus on disabled issues, I do not expect the gay community to come to a full-stop concensus on gay issues, I certainly don't expect transgender people to have a concensus on....a ****ing joke. A joke is a matter of a personality, how sensitive the person is, their brand of humor and how much they appreciate humor in general, not sex orientation.

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No, once again you fail to actually read and comprehend what I am saying. I never said " only the LGBT community opinions matters on this issue " 

 

As you well know I have many opinions on SJ issues like gender equality and gay  rights  and I am neither a women or a member of the LGBT community. I am white, heterosexual male 

 

So I would a complete hypocrite if I said  only members of a minority group can comment on issues relating to that minority group. I said " And no that doesn't mean that other people can't  comment but surly the actual minority group targeted has more credibility  " 

 

So to explore this point a little further, if there are 10 African Americans in room and two white people and a joke is perceived to be racist towards the African Americans and the room is asked " is this joke racist " and the 10 African Americans say  " no "  I would find it strange if the two white guys still said the joke was racist. Thats why I said " the targeted minority  group should have more credibility " ...thats not the same thing as saying " no one else can comment" 

 

So when someone says " my friends didn't find the limerick offensive " ...my next question would be "well are your friends members of the LGBT community " to understand context 

 

And please when did i say " men are oppressors " ...you are clearly confused, I said no such thing but I agree with the person who said that on most other things

What's the difference? "Should have more credibility" and "shouldn't get to weigh in?" I mean the last guy who posted, your response was "were any of those people transgender?" You obviously are providing them with bias and giving their stance more weight. Everything I said more or less still applies.

 

  The "men are oppressors" line is on point with what I said a couple posts back about how giving any perceived differences in STEM the title of "sexism" only serves to escalate any emotionally-charged responses that may occur. That snippet was posted by someone else....who conveniently disappeared (as my debate partners so often seem to do these past few pages) when I posed the question of why he insists on labeling men as oppressors and what purpose it serves. My point was and still is that I see no definitive reason to label it as sexism, nor do I see why the term or phrases like "men are the oppressors" should be used since they contribute absolutely nothing and only serve to devolve discussions into petty quarrels. The second part of your post is indentical in tone. What ****ing purpose is there in asking me if I think only white heterosexuals should be allowed to voice their opinions? You knew damned well how that statement came off and you know damned well what the answer to that question is, and yet you ask it as though it's relevant, topical, or does anything for the discussion. Once again Bruce, this is why you have this reputation of being passive aggressive.

 

 

  And in general I find your "it's to give it context" point flawed. I find the people who "use context" are the same people who skim newspapers and develop their political stances based on what the democrats or the republicans think, without actually bothering to consider the issue themselves and critically think if they approve or not. The only relevance I believe such a question to hold is if the overwhelming majority (I'm talking 95%+) of a community is in agreement on something. Even this, I would expect to be applied more to communities and cultures, not sex orientations or the like. I would be interested what the black community thinks of the local police force vs. what the white community thinks, I would not be so interested in how community X perceives a joke vs. community Y.

 

I do not expect that myself and other disabled people will come to a full-stop concensus on disabled issues, I do not expect the gay community to come to a full-stop concensus on gay issues, I certainly don't expect transgender people to have a concensus on....a ****ing joke. A joke is a matter of a personality, how sensitive the person is, their brand of humor and how much they appreciate humor in general, not sex orientation.

 

 

I really cannot make this point any more clearer, I am not saying that people outside minority groups cannot comment on issues pertaining to minority groups. I make comments all the time about perceived and real issues that minority groups grapple with. So I would be a hypocrite if I was saying this now

 

I am saying the opinions of minority groups should carry more credibility when discussions come up around points like " is this offensive " . And saying something has more  credibility definitely doesn't mean " no one else can weigh in ". I don't equivocate, if I wanted to say " no one else should weigh in about LGBT issues except for the LGBT community " I would have said that.

 

But I retract my comment " Do you think the best people to decide if certain jokes\comments are offensive are white, heterosexual males ?" , this  was inappropriate because to be fair I don't think you believe that. So I apologize for that 

 

And context is very important when people make certain  points. Since this discussion is  going backwards and forwards with people saying   " I find it offensive " or " I didn't find it offensive " so when he said " my friends didn't find it offensive " it seemed perfectly natural to me to ask " are your friends from the transgender community " 

 

Perhaps I could have worded that question better but it was just an initial exploratory point to understand where his comment  was coming from . I had no idea if his friends are members of the LGBT community but I wanted to know so there was no assumed bias from me 

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Seriously, this "censorship" (non) issue and the insanity it's set off make me sad for the internet, many people on these boards, and society in general (exaggeration intended).  Reminds me of riots where people are so easily whipped into a frenzy.
 
It's backer content, it's irrelevant to the game, and it's potentially offensive to some people.  The author opted to change it to avoid issues for Obsidian (yeah, that worked).  It's a non-issue.  Let's all move on.
 
The amount of people on here carrying on is astounding...with their "I'll never give them another dollar", "I won't ever support anything else they ever do ever in my whole life", "So disappointed, they caved, let's all band together and (try to) ruin this company that just spent years making an amazing game that we've all been asking for, which they actually delivered on, but that's all beside the point because they edited some irrelevant text which most people don't even bother reading anyway because before this issue exploded we were all complaining about how 'immersion-breaking' the backer-created content was, but that doesn't matter now because we have something to get excited about and pretend we're all in 'V for Vendetta'...Fight the power!"  
 
Wow.  
 
Yes, I know not everyone is that 'frothy', and some people are attempting to raise calm, rational arguments relating to censorship (which this issue is not)...but it all just seems...misguided.
 
I applaud Obsidian's phenomenal game.  I'm fine with how they handled the situation.  I like Firedorn's re-write better than the original...more well written and clever anyway.
 
There is plenty of material in this game which speaks to Obsidian's willingness to tackle sensitive topics in their own way (ie. not pandering to get a PG rating).  Their communication with the backer, and the backer's decision to edit their submission, is a sensible solution to theoretically avoid unnecessary drama over an irrelevant blip in the game.  Problem solved...except for their vocal slice of backers and supporters who are now the ones creating all the drama.  Sheesh.
 
I've been a backer since day one of the Kickstarter, and am overjoyed at what they've delivered.
 
To Obsidian: I suspect, as is usually the case, that the forums are full of a vocal minority.  I suspect that many people like myself who are fine with what's occurred have not taken the time to post on here because, as mentioned, it's a non-issue.  I finally stopped to add my 2 cents because the exaggeration, vitriol, and drama in the past couple weeks honestly left me feeling astounded.
 
Now, that that's sorted...please get back to working on future patches and the expansion!   :-)

 

 

Quoted for great justice.

 

It is simply astounding that we got delivered a great game, yet all some people can focus on is an incredibly irrelevant limerick buried somewhere in the game. Obsidian and Firedorn have handled this with much more maturity than a lot of people have and elsewhere. A pity that, in this day of constant outrage by people with an agenda, being reasonable only fan the flames further.

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Bobby Null seems like a cool dude. Lurks these issues and reads them, even if he doesn't (can't?) comment on them.


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That the Limerick was a issue at all is part my problem. But creating  outrage to shout at Obsidian for caving to outrage is kind of nuts, its throwing gasoline to stop the fire. Fanatism for any cause is a mind and reason killer.

 

      I just belive this anything is potentialy offensive because its perception judgement based on cultural and personal values. If none can put out  potentially offensive content no one can create any content at all.

 

     And you cant preach tolerance while enforcing the opposite of it. Check what you are really  doing before throwing stones at someone else.

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No, once again you fail to actually read and comprehend what I am saying. I never said " only the LGBT community opinions matters on this issue " 

 

As you well know I have many opinions on SJ issues like gender equality and gay  rights  and I am neither a women or a member of the LGBT community. I am white, heterosexual male 

 

So I would a complete hypocrite if I said  only members of a minority group can comment on issues relating to that minority group. I said " And no that doesn't mean that other people can't  comment but surly the actual minority group targeted has more credibility  " 

 

So to explore this point a little further, if there are 10 African Americans in room and two white people and a joke is perceived to be racist towards the African Americans and the room is asked " is this joke racist " and the 10 African Americans say  " no "  I would find it strange if the two white guys still said the joke was racist. Thats why I said " the targeted minority  group should have more credibility " ...thats not the same thing as saying " no one else can comment" 

 

So when someone says " my friends didn't find the limerick offensive " ...my next question would be "well are your friends members of the LGBT community " to understand context 

 

And please when did i say " men are oppressors " ...you are clearly confused, I said no such thing but I agree with the person who said that on most other things

What's the difference? "Should have more credibility" and "shouldn't get to weigh in?" I mean the last guy who posted, your response was "were any of those people transgender?" You obviously are providing them with bias and giving their stance more weight. Everything I said more or less still applies.

 

  The "men are oppressors" line is on point with what I said a couple posts back about how giving any perceived differences in STEM the title of "sexism" only serves to escalate any emotionally-charged responses that may occur. That snippet was posted by someone else....who conveniently disappeared (as my debate partners so often seem to do these past few pages) when I posed the question of why he insists on labeling men as oppressors and what purpose it serves. My point was and still is that I see no definitive reason to label it as sexism, nor do I see why the term or phrases like "men are the oppressors" should be used since they contribute absolutely nothing and only serve to devolve discussions into petty quarrels. The second part of your post is indentical in tone. What ****ing purpose is there in asking me if I think only white heterosexuals should be allowed to voice their opinions? You knew damned well how that statement came off and you know damned well what the answer to that question is, and yet you ask it as though it's relevant, topical, or does anything for the discussion. Once again Bruce, this is why you have this reputation of being passive aggressive.

 

 

  And in general I find your "it's to give it context" point flawed. I find the people who "use context" are the same people who skim newspapers and develop their political stances based on what the democrats or the republicans think, without actually bothering to consider the issue themselves and critically think if they approve or not. The only relevance I believe such a question to hold is if the overwhelming majority (I'm talking 95%+) of a community is in agreement on something. Even this, I would expect to be applied more to communities and cultures, not sex orientations or the like. I would be interested what the black community thinks of the local police force vs. what the white community thinks, I would not be so interested in how community X perceives a joke vs. community Y.

 

I do not expect that myself and other disabled people will come to a full-stop concensus on disabled issues, I do not expect the gay community to come to a full-stop concensus on gay issues, I certainly don't expect transgender people to have a concensus on....a ****ing joke. A joke is a matter of a personality, how sensitive the person is, their brand of humor and how much they appreciate humor in general, not sex orientation.

 

 

I really cannot make this point any more clearer, I am not saying that people outside minority groups cannot comment on issues pertaining to minority groups. I make comments all the time about perceived and real issues that minority groups grapple with. So I would be a hypocrite if I was saying this now

 

I am saying the opinions of minority groups should carry more credibility when discussions come up around points like " is this offensive " . And saying something has more  credibility definitely doesn't mean " no one else can weigh in ". I don't equivocate, if I wanted to say " no one else should weigh in about LGBT issues except for the LGBT community " I would have said that.

 

But I retract my comment " Do you think the best people to decide if certain jokes\comments are offensive are white, heterosexual males ?" , this  was inappropriate because to be fair I don't think you believe that. So I apologize for that 

 

And context is very important when people make certain  points. Since this discussion is  going backwards and forwards with people saying   " I find it offensive " or " I didn't find it offensive " so when he said " my friends didn't find it offensive " it seemed perfectly natural to me to ask " are your friends from the transgender community " 

 

Perhaps I could have worded that question better but it was just an initial exploratory point to understand where his comment  was coming from . I had no idea if his friends are members of the LGBT community but I wanted to know so there was no assumed bias from me 

 

 

 

Um ... actually what you did was ask a question that considering simple demographics an honest answer would most likely fit into your narrative and provide you with the emotional ammo to "lessen" the perspective of him and his friends.

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