Oh golly, let’s see a bunch of guys over-share about how much their characters have been having sex!! ... for those few of you remaining in the room, you’ll see us talk well beyond the boilerplate. Sex has been freed-up in role-playing over the last decade and a half. This seems to have freed us as well into dialing-back and modulating how it plays into everything else, to find some new things this medium-and-activity can do.
Some of them which could stand more work in the comments include:
- When sex is both present and relevant in a situation, and a character does not do it.
- When a strong family presence brings up that presence and relevance of sex, vs. when it does not.
- When potential or imminent sex is thoroughly veiled, such that it’s not even suggestive or hinting, but in unequivocal context so that there’s no need for debate.
- How day to day naturalism, earthiness, and attention to lifestyle facilitates bringing in basic and familiar interactions, thus sexual events and relationships appear.
- When sexually characterizing and implied activity validates a potentially objectified character rather than the reverse.
- When players’ knowledge of sex among characters alters their own characters’ actions, in the absence of specific in-character knowledge, but with enhanced justification and impact among the group.
- Examining 1990s role-playing texts in which in-fiction sex is specifically and flatly disallowed, and how that worked out.
- When role-playing texts and play-practices don’t disallow sex outright, but effectively sanitize the source fictional content which is otherwise chock-full of sex and related drama. (when and how this is effective remains a mystery, but we’re convinced that it’s a real thing)
- Why, possibly, self-referential role-playing content is absent of sex (and politics, religion, and wealth).
- The “gray card” – discovering Lines in play rather than through pre-play discussion.
In the comments, share if you dare, and see how your contributions work with any of those points. I think you'll be surprised. We've come a long way, baby.