Jagex Runescape - SwearwordsJagex has the word gay listed as a swearword. I understand that there are many players in runescape who are young and may use the term offensively, however there are many other words which you can get away with. For instance, dam, shut up, ### and any combinations with ###, butt and any combinations of butt.
England, Greater London
The list is extensive. Is banning the word gay in any way of teaching people about tolerance and understanding? I understand completely the need to stop offensive material, yet this seems totally out of proportion. I am aware that many people use the word gay to mean bad or stupid when referring to someone else, but banning the word sets up in children's minds that they shouldn't use that word in much the same way that some people refrain from saying black to refer to african americans/englishmen etc.
I have attempted to contact Jagex and runescape through customer support, asking why they feel they need to ban the word gay as well as explaining why I feel it is more damaging to have it listed as a swearword, yet nothing has come back.
In the general sense the word gay is not offensive. I strongly hope that the many young players will not register this ban subconsciously, and be nervous to speak about the ranges of sexuality that our society today accepts.