“But it’s my character!”August 13, 2009
Wow. I didn’t expect to run across a D&D story in a serious post about the widespread epidemic of rape in our society. Again, escapism for some:
Jewelbeard is extremely liberal. He wants to help people regain their civil rights. He is pro-choice, he is pro-gay, he professes a unremarkable and unverified affinity to anti-racism. But he cannot stop calling his cats filthy sluts, or acting like a fucking asshole in D&D.
There is nothing wrong with having a place and a time to relieve built-up tension. But by shifting the argument thataways, Jewelbeard neatly sidestepped the question of why there is a tension build-up in the first place. He is basically admitting that not getting to call women bitches and whores and treat them like he hates them on a daily basis creates an intolerable tension within him, and it must be let out somehow. But as long as he votes for Obama and only treats cats and imaginary women like shit, he doesn’t have to investigate the part of him that finds treating women as equals difficult.
So I guess there’s the fundamental difference- do you play a shared imagination game to be free of the shit you deal with regularly OR do you play to be free of the guilt of NOT getting to shit on people the way you long to?
I suppose that’s why there’s such resistance to looking at the social structures in and around roleplaying…