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.