[Proposal] Addition to Administrative Bylaw 1.C. - Rules for Sexual/Pregnancy Plots and Consent

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Proposal Type: Bylaw Revision
Opened: 18-Oct-2019 12:00AM EDT
Closing: 25-Oct-2019 12:00AM EDT

As Head Coordinator, I, Danielle Frink propose the following additions to Administrative Bylaw 1.C.


  1. Plot
    1. Content
      1. Definitions
        1. The players of OWBN acknowledge that the World of Darkness is a mature game that involves themes aimed at an adult audience
          1. The players of OWBN acknowledge that this content includes themes of a sexual nature, both consensual and non-consensual in nature.
          2. The players of OWBN acknowledge that while non-consensual interactions are an aspect of the World of Darkness that cannot be completely ignored, Out of Character Affirmative Consent lines in regards to engaging these topics should not be crossed
      2. Consent
        1. The players of OWBN acknowledge the definition of Affirmative Consent as follows:
          1. Affirmative consent is a knowing, voluntary and mutual decision among all participants to engage in any activity
            1. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create clear permission regarding willingness to engage in the designated sexual activity.
            2. Silence or lack of resistance, in and of itself, does not demonstrate consent.
            3. The definition of consent does not vary based upon a participant's sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
          2. Consent may be withdrawn at any time.
      3. Sexual Encounter Plot/Scenes
        1. Sexual interactions of any IC nature require the written OOC consent of all parties involved, including STs if NPCs are involved.
        2. This OOC consent must be obtained before any scenes of this nature, regardless of their IC consensual / non-consensual nature, can be run.
        3. This OOC consent may be revoked by any party involved at any time.
          1. The player revoking the consent may choose one of the following re: the IC situation:
            1. Fade to Black (sexual encounter happens, player is not involved)
            2. Redline the sexual encounter (sexual encounter does not happen)
      4. Pregnancy/Parenthood Plot/Scenes
        1. Pregnancy or parenthood of any nature requires the written OOC consent of all parties involved, including the STs if NPCs are involved.
          1. All players, regardless of their PC’s gender, are protected by this clause.
          2. A character may not become pregnant without this written consent, regardless of genre.
        2. Complications and Termination
          1. Any IC complications to the pregnancy must be agreed upon by all parties.
          2. If any party involved in the pregnancy wishes to opt out of the pregnancy story-line, it does not require the consent of both parties.
            1. In the case that one party wishes to continue the pregnancy, a redline of the 'other parent' to an NPC is permitted.
            2. A pregnancy may never be transferred to another PC.
      5. Circumventions
        1. These restrictions may not be circumvented by any gift, power, art, item, arcanoi, discipline or other effect regardless of its source or text.


Rationale: Based on the discussions held on both Council and the ST lists, it seems that enough of the org agrees we should have some standards on how sexual and/or pregnancy plots are handled. Rather than banning it all out right, we want consent to be the primary guideline; therefore, we need some sort of language in our bylaws to reflect how consent works. These additions are the product of a number of individuals working together to make this as balanced as possible.

While, in theory, I could propose this as an Autopass, I will not do that. I think it's very important that all of our chronicles step forward and make their stance on this topic known.

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