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What is your take on prostitution roleplay?


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1 hour ago, Koko said:

Neuromancer is a really good book and it does show those aspects of the seedy underbelly of prostitution. The problem is more often than not prostitution isn't portrayed even remotely like that. 

 

Few people RP the long term duress of prostitution, and even in the case of more upscale escorts, the anomalous lifestyle you end up living. And sadly often those who do do it from a fetishistic angle.

 

i agree, but i think there's a difference between people putting effort in to try and tell some sort of story but not being good writers, which to be honest not everyone here is going to be able to depict the tragedy and exploitation of that whole world in the same way that louise erdrich can in the night watchman, compared to the stuff that clearly breaks rule 19 like that recent report here

 

i suppose you could argue that these people shouldn't even attempt it, but there's value in these characters if they're done well and while the stories behind them might not be for everyone i just dislike the idea that there's no value in this whatsoever/it's all garbage which i'm not saying you said, but some people here are saying

 

anyways yeah it's complicated and there's room for nuance 

 

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16 minutes ago, books said:

i agree, but i think there's a difference between people putting effort in to try and tell some sort of story but not being good writers, which to be honest not everyone here is going to be able to depict the tragedy and exploitation of that whole world in the same way that louise erdrich can in the night watchman, compared to the stuff that clearly breaks rule 19 like that recent report here

 

i suppose you could argue that these people shouldn't even attempt it, but there's value in these characters if they're done well and while the stories behind them might not be for everyone i just dislike the idea that there's no value in this whatsoever/it's all garbage which i'm not saying you said, but some people here are saying.

 

This take can be easily put to the test by trying a story-driven prostitute character that fades all the sexual scenes to black, and see where the demand for their RP goes. It really is that basic.

 

And yes, I agree with your fundamental idea: I love exploring these stories and more of the underworld, and I'd love to see a deeper scene around it other than overly graphic scenes of violence and abuse, or nothing at all. It can be done, it has been done, but the baseline level of prostitution RP continues to be mostly an OOC service for most parts included.

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As much as I find anti-ERPers cringe, some sex workers who are just in it for the ERP and quick money do feel like the equivalent of those characters with a shallow violent background just to justify DMing others... People generally don't go into sex work, of whatever kind, just because they love sex.

 

However, if characters are fully realized and players have thought about it for a moment, consequences and risks and motivations, beyond shallow caricatures and stereotypes, and they aren't breaking any rules, I don't particularly care what they get out of it. Enjoying it for fetishistic reasons is downright wholesome compared to some people who are a little too much into abusing and murdering prostitutes for gritty faction screenshots.

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I wish these discussion threads would turn into something productive and end up with a guide for the community on how to properly roleplay (around) it. We can all point at how some people are bad and don't act around this realistically, but how about some tips, advice, instructions, etcetera, on how to roleplay this properly?

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23 minutes ago, mj2002 said:

I wish these discussion threads would turn into something productive and end up with a guide for the community on how to properly roleplay (around) it. We can all point at how some people are bad and don't act around this realistically, but how about some tips, advice, instructions, etcetera, on how to roleplay this properly?

more than free to write such a thing ( :

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1 hour ago, mj2002 said:

I wish these discussion threads would turn into something productive and end up with a guide for the community on how to properly roleplay (around) it. We can all point at how some people are bad and don't act around this realistically, but how about some tips, advice, instructions, etcetera, on how to roleplay this properly?

 

1 hour ago, Yoak said:

more than free to write such a thing ( :

There is such a thing.

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