As a proud member of the slut "community" and having known many, many sluts (went to UCSB and lived in LA almost my entire life), I'm slightly upset at a certain Beamdog writer (or writers) disliking affectionately promiscuous people.
It's not like Safana said "I'm so horny, do me now you hot strong man! The amount of wetness in the sea's breeze is nothing compared to what's going on in my nether regions!" and the game said she was dressed in underwear. Now THAT characterization IN ADDITION to it being in multiple parts of the game for multiple women, I would be more likely to agree with being sex-objects and being somewhat sexist (but sexist doesn't automatically mean bad - it just means sexist. If we lived in the 1500s then sexist views on women would be seen as deeply culturally ingrained and overall good). But seeing as this is a FANTASY game with people who explode if you ask them about their tree-name, seasoned warriors who can be reduced to sharing their most intimate moments with hamsters because of too many blows to the head, autistic guys who talk too much and repeatedly ask you if you are going to throw rocks at them or if they are annoying, and many more idiosyncratic, flavorful characters, I don't believe a slutty pirate girl who was overly sheltered by her nobleman father does not fit the world.
Does this mean the game is offensive to people who immolate themselves? Does this mean this game is offensive to people who have brain damage and are left being somewhat mentally retarded? Does this mean the game is offensive to autistic people. The supreme answer to all these question and more is.... maybe. It depends on the person being offended (or not being offended). It's subjective. People with PTSD (it's a spectrum, not a binary condition) and/or an ingrained mental issue(s) can be varyingly triggered by multifarious events (which includes microevents). To go back to the sexism subject, should be bash a game for having sexist characters, or thank the game for evincing something about ourselves depending on our reaction to the characters? Should we not thank it for bestowing us with greater emotional intelligence, elucidating our flaws so that we may look deeper and subsequently conquer these deeply ingrained issues which provoke our personal triggering(s)? Personally, I'm a utilitarian. So if slutty pirate girl helps flesh out the world and make 1,000 people slightly happier (+10 happiness to each) but triggers 10 others (-30 happiness), we still have a net gain of... get your calculators out!... +9,700 happiness, which makes me believe it was a good choice. Don't mind the arbitrary numbers - I hope you get the bigger picture.
Safana had at least some form of subtlety and social finesse in the form of slightly above-average flirtation skills. (With looks like those, who needs a top-notch diction?).
In conclusion, just as trans people exist irl, so do us sluts. Yet Beamdog writers have bashed a decently-written (note: I'm not saying well-written, because she wasn't) slut characterization from the game and hamfistedly introduced a trans into it. This isn't supposed to be a diatribe. This isn't supposed to be call for a witchhunt. This is an explanation that maybe, just maybe, some of Beamdog's writers aren't intelligent or wise enough to handle writing for game heralded as one of the greatest RPGs of all time. This isn't to say that they aren't wonderful, amiable, passionate people, because they most likely are. But when you write for a fanbase composed of a mostly astute older generation (we have passion for an oldschool game which makes us read a plethora of words and employ our imagination to get the most out of it) gamers, you are held to higher standards than say, an indie writer who writes feminist drivel (we should all strive to be egalitarians - the current version of feminism is a divisive word with divisive connotations and divisive results) for other feminsits, or a war veteran who writes fitting stories for war games like Call of Duty.
Thanks for reading, and a reminder to all people who are taking part of the forum debates, cherrypicking will lead us in eternal circles. To solve a complex problem you need long and complex answers.
Edit: accidentally said utilitarian instead of egalitarian in my 2nd to last paragraph. whoops.