May 21, 2007

Illegal Gods: Sexist-free Player Occupations

I had written previously:

The "standard" (by which I mean, "described and suggested") character types for Illegal Gods are: Pirates, Ambassadors, various members of Military Forces, Spies, Asteroid Miners, Priests, God Merchants, Soul Jockeys, Demigods, Scientists, Bureaucrats, and Droids. Most of these are fairly self-explanatory, but there are some professions (God Merchant, Soul Jockey) that are unique to the setting.

Pirate is pretty non-gender specific, right? Same with Ambassador, Military, Spy, Asteroid Miner, God Merchant, etc.

So it's only "Priests" and potentially "Demigods" that hit my (broken) feminist sensor. The problem I have there is whether or not to change them to "priestesses" and "demigoddesses," the latter of which is clunky at best. I don't want to presuppose that only those two classifications are feminine, which changing them (in my mind) would suggest. Should I shift "Priest" to "Cleric," and risk the D&D connection? Probably wouldn't hurt, but I don't know what to do with "Demigod."

Posted by Meera at May 21, 2007 03:37 PM

Gender neutral words for Demigod probably would confuse the issue somewhat, but you could use something like "Minor Power"

Posted by: Paul at May 21, 2007 04:51 PM


Posted by: Iv at June 5, 2007 06:38 AM