I… hate these excuses. Not a complaint about your question/query, particularly as it relates to this conversation, but rather, the common excuse for shit like Elin in Tera. "Oh, sure, they look like 12 year old hyper-sexualized furry girls, but they’re actually hundreds of years old, so it’s okay!
Like - no. Just no. Fuck that justification. It’s stupid. If this was media, written for a several-hundred year old Elin audience, sure. But it isn’t. The author in those cases is playing dumb, and winking at the audience, in a very fucked up wink wink sort of way, and… No.
(Apologies for this being a direct response to you, it isn’t a complaint I mean to level to/about you or what you said, but rather your comment seemed like a good place to inject this reaction.)
This was also written like… 30 responses, as I’m slowly catching up with this thread.
I cannot begin to express how glad I am, how satisfied and happy I am, that Waypoint is a place where this sort of discussion can happen in ways that aren’t gross/shitty/awful.
The mods, and the staff, and the community have all crafted a shared space which feels absolutely unique in the world, at least of what I’ve seen of it, and I am, and hope will forever be amazed by it. Thank you to Austin for an extremely honest explanation. While some people seem to be over-eager to invite you to re-make mistakes you clearly have taken very seriously and to heart, I appreciate that you’re very respectfully gun-shy, and more interested in user safety than pushing boundaries. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Thank you mods, for parsing, and keeping the discussion here civil, respectful, and open, as you do in all our shared spaces.
Thank you… everybody. A… huge number of people sharing their experiences and/or perspectives on the subject in ways that go beyond “you’re wrong!” and instead offer a valuable perspective, and insight into how/why the piece is troubling/problematic.