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|This is a new discussion!!!!||4||15:05, 22 June 2011|
|The morality of interspecies romance||2||14:20, 28 March 2011|
|diversity||5||17:02, 31 January 2011|
The game establishes - through Tali - that with quarians' weak immune system, physical contact inevitably results in allergic reactions, even among members of their own race.
Despite this, Tali is eager and willing to enter into a physical relationship with the game's protagonist. You even gain paragon points for doing so - an in-game indicator of compassionate and heroic actions.
While Tali does report a fever and allergic symptoms, there appear to be no long-lasting effects, and she considers the experience "totally worth it". Yet how can any action that puts a crew-member at risk merely for sex be moral?
The answer is simple: It was not just sex. It was the fulfillment of a meaningful relationship. It was not, perhaps, the most sensible thing to do - but she was aware of the risks, and able to minimize them.
The male-female split on Wikipedia is almost inexcusable. I know that there's a lot of gender inequality around the world in general, but we can do a lot better.
But as for the other factors... are we sure that these are actually diversity issues? Common sense is kicking in, and it's telling me that people with no kids just have more time. People without partners just have more time. People in their early 20s just have more time. I'd even go so far as to say that people in academia just have more time.
I'm not sure if other people agree... but rather than arguing about it, it might be helpful to actually get some data about people's time use. Ask people with partners how much time they spend with them. Ask people with kids how much time they spend with them. See if we can find a correlation between someone's education status and how much time they're at work -- actually working.
Still, I agree more diversity is important. Just that it would probably need to focus more on ethnicity and gender.
I'm going to actually dispute this, while trying to find data: The quilting community (they're hot on my mind right now because they do online community building really really really well, and I went with Jay Walsh to a quilting show this weekend to see how it happens IRL) does a tremendous amount of stuff online: and their demographic is almost exactly opposite ours. When you hold the two against each other, I'm not sure the "no time/more time" argument holds water. :)
but Yeah, we need data.
Yeah, I freely admit that I'm going on "common sense", which is often wrong. I'm pretty busy these days. But let's try to find some data to understand what a reasonable level of parity might look like.