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September 26th, 2013
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From:irilyth
Date:September 26th, 2013 08:56 pm (UTC)
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It's a fair point, although in practice, the idea that one can decline to have a gender is somewhat more modern and unusual than the idea that one can decline to play D&D. Like, it is widely understood that not everyone has a D&D character; and it'd seem deeply weird for me to say that of course everyone does, and that anyone who doesn't just doesn't realize that they do, or something. Whereas I think it's only slightly less widely believed that everyone does have a gender, and if I said that everyone has a gender -- perhaps a complicated non-binary gender, but some gender anyway -- I think it'd be pretty unusual for someone to disagree.

Which isn't say that you shouldn't feel how you feel; just maybe that you shouldn't be surprised that this isn't how everyone else already feels.
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From:q10
Date:September 26th, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
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Like, it is widely understood that not everyone has a D&D character; and it'd seem deeply weird for me to say that of course everyone does, and that anyone who doesn't just doesn't realize that they do, or something.

yes, exactly.
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From:sildra
Date:September 26th, 2013 09:14 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure it's so much about not having a gender as it is about not wanting to play. "Genderless" is an option in the system, but that's different.
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From:ursule
Date:September 27th, 2013 10:45 pm (UTC)
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I think it's useful to compare one's ideas about gender with one's ideas about social class. I do believe that class is (a) a useful theoretical concept, (b) more about the way people are socialized to react to you & you are socialized to react to other people than about any intrinsic or universal traits, and (c) frequently used to pigeonhole people in annoying ways.
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