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IN MY HUMBLE OPINION

❝IF I AM A PROMISE, WILL YOU LET ME BREAK AGAIN?❞
                           BAN THE FEMALE BAN

I’ve been in the tumblr roleplaying community for several years, and I don’t quite recall when I first started seeing female bans in roleplays, but they’ve been around for quite a while and I think it’s about time that we got rid of them.

First, you should ask yourself as an admin why it is that you enforce a “female ban”. Do you romantic relationships to be the sole focus of your roleplay, or would you rather focus on character development and writing? If your aim is to have a roleplay that is not “ship”-centric, then you may want to ask why you need a “female ban” at all. If your roleplay’s central focus is forming romantic relationships, the “female ban” is still a problematic policy. Here’s why. 

The “female ban” is exclusionary. I have never seen a “male ban” in my entire roleplaying career. It makes it seem as though male characters are more valuable than female characters, that having an abundance of males is all well and good, but too many female characters is undesirable. In addition to devaluing female characters, it makes it seem as though your roleplay only wants male characters to act as romantic interests for female characters. 

The “female ban” tends to rely on (and reinforce) heteronormativity - especially if you answered the first question with “we need males for shipping”. Roleplayers that do not want their characters to have heterosexual relationships (and those that are interested in heterosexual relationships but not strictly those relationships) may not feel welcome in a ship-centric roleplay that enforces female bans . When you insist upon having an even female to male ratio in your roleplay because you want even pairings, you ignore characters that are not heterosexual, characters that are aromantic and/or asexual, characters that are polyamorous, and many others.

The “female ban” assumes that everyone identifies as male or female. By enforcing a “female ban”, you ignore those people that do not identify as either male or female and force them to identify as one or the other. Not only do you make the impression that your roleplay is not non-binary friendly, you put yourself in the position of wrongly turning away an application and policing peoples’ genders. 

As an admin, you may not have considered the ways that female bans can be problematic, but you could be unknowingly alienating players by enforcing them. I hope this pointer provides some insight, and if you have any questions, please let me know. 

May 18, 2014 • 15:299 notes reblog
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January 10, 2014 • 13:313 notes reblog
                       Read. The. Biography. 

This pointer is very simple - and it may seem too simple. Of course you would read your biography, every amateur roleplayer knows that, right? But we have all been guilty of skimming across a biography before applying for a roleplay, or of creating a character and forgetting our initial concept for them, while missing vital aspects of the character’s background or characterization. 

Before applying for any character in a roleplay, be sure to read the biography carefully. Consider the words used by the admin(s) in said biography. What adjectives are used to describe your character? What important events, hobbies, and tendencies are mentioned? Can you see other aspects of the character already forming between the lines? It always helps to read a biography a few times through before applying, to get a good feel for the character and to avoid making mistakes or glossing over your characterization in your sample piece. 

As for already established characters, re-reading is vital. If you are playing a character, revisit the character’s biography every month or so, regardless of whether or not you were the one to write the biography. You may find that you are straying from the character’s history, forgetting an important event in their background (or something small such as a hobby or tic mentioned in passing). However, don’t forget that character development exists and should be encouraged! It is completely possible for your character to be slightly different three or four months into playing them. Just be careful not to change your character drastically - if they are described as timid and antisocial in their biography, you probably shouldn’t have a social butterfly in a week. On the same vein, a timid character could begin to feel more comfortable and come out of their shell with certain other characters, and you have a nice bit of character development on your hands.

October 12, 2013 • 12:3411 notes reblog

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I am now opening up four review slots for roleplays. If you would like for me to review your roleplay, simply send me an ask from your roleplay’s main account. The first four individuals to message me will be added to my list.

I’m going out to buy dinner now but I’ll be back, and if nobody is awake I’ll probably post this again tomorrow.

xoxo your Lea MIchele RPC thehumbleroleplayer

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May 23, 2013 • 12:48 reblog
Keeping track of your roleplay accounts and e-mails.

This is just a pointer that I recently thought I would share, because I always say that I will do this but I never get around to it. If you’re like me, an avid roleplayer that has multiple e-mail accounts and tumblr roleplay accounts, you might find that you sometimes forget the e-mail or url of some of your accounts. If you have Google Chrome or another browser that autosaves information, you might rely on that to save your e-mails and passwords, and expect it to be there every time you log in to an account. Like any and all technology, however, these methods are not 100% reliable. If your computer crashes or you have some issue with your browser, you could lose all of those e-mails and possibly lose those roleplaying accounts. I’ve played the game of trying to get tumblr to help with this before, and it didn’t go well. The only way for them to tell you what e-mail you used to sign up for any given account is if you can prove that the blog is yours - by screencapping a picture of yourself from the blog and sending in a picture of yourself, or posting from a linked twitter account that you are who you say you are, and honestly, I don’t know of anyone that posts pictures of themselves on their roleplay accounts or links them to their twitter. 

So, my simple little pointer is to write these things down. It might be time consuming and you might think that it’s pointless, but if you have several accounts that you sometimes don’t use that you might want to log into one day to look at old paras or something, this can come in handy. It can also just come in handy for anyone that just wants to be sure that they’ll have access to their roleplaying accounts just in case something happens to their computer or browser. Some simple ways of doing this:

NOTE: It would be smart to print these things out when they’re done and keep the list or spreadsheet on your desk or tacked to a bulletin board, wherever you usually use your computer. As I said, there are always issues with technology, and you never know, you could lose that file or Google Docs could one day be hacked and everything could be gone. It never hurts to have a hard copy of something. Or better yet, just do this all on paper.

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