If you cannot be a follower of this blog because you do not want a Google account and if you would like to be notified by email when I post to my blog, just give me your email address and I will sign you up. (The option can only be chosen from within my blog account.)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Racial Gender Ability Modifiers

My first article in the Star Frontiersman issue #4, called Species/Gender Ability Modifiers was about using ability modifiers to express the differences between the sexes. It was supposed to be named "Racial Gender Ability Modifiers". That article ignited a comical fury between so-called feminist men, most of them attacking me. Only one female showed up in the conversation to say that she didn't find any objection to it and that the matter of determining the difference in game is subjective and she wasn't sure if my choice regarding the INT difference was the right choice to reflect that difference, but could see where someone might object. Despite her comment, argument continued. The fact is, an enlightened individual should be secure enough in their understanding of balance to recognize the differences between male and female, both physically and intellectually without threatening their belief in equality between the sexes.

Can you say that a butterfly is better than a moth just because the butterfly is beautiful or that they are precisely equal in beauty? Of course not to both. The butterfly is clearly more beautiful than the moth, but that doesn't mean one is better than the other. They both serve their own functions and have completely different needs, but they both live similar lives, one during the day and one during the night, and both pollinate and have similar reproductive cycles. Butterflies are few and are birthed in specific places, while moths are many and are birthed in any kind of conifer and some trees. Which one's better? If they are equal, then does that equality require that they be exactly the same in beauty and function? Of course not.

So it seems natural that the difference between the sexes be recognized, as the difference is as significant as one race from another. That is why I wrote the article, and I think it was properly considered. However, in hindsight, I should have more carefully considered the difference between male and female Vrusk.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you for your comment. Your comment must be approved.