I agree with you, though I’m not entirely sold on the concepts of gender interaction in the current academia. There are lots of kinds of bias, and lots of approaches towards gender in real-world studies, and none of them have yet provided an accurate model. I mean by that to say that I’m not sure which stereotypes are factual or negative sometimes, and people should be searching for facts instead of dogmas.
[quote=“Telefrog, post:266, topic:73715”]I think RPS, and more correctly, the original code-diggers on Reddit that highlighted the mechanics, are showing that this game - as currently made - is not neutral on the subject. Whether or not you agree is part of the discussion, but it’s important to have that discussion.
It is not neutral indeed, but the fact is that perhaps it shouldn’t be. I think it’s clear that the current model doesn’t work, but how should it work, really? No one has proven gender neutrality is the accurate model because we just began studying gender as a phenomenon, and we still don’t quite understand how it works, how it is or isn’t tied to biology, or to brain structure, or to the current high-level “chaos theory” model of societal interactions. Any model here will have its own bias, even if it shows gender as absolutely equal in everything, because we don’t know for sure what the facts are. Should we base the game’s model on how the world is now, or how the dev thinks it will makes things more interesting for the game itself, or how academia (or a certain school of it) wants it to be? No one is asking these questions, and everyone should be asking those questions.