АДБ про космодесантниць та жінок-кустодіїв.
Someone linked me a mention of my name in a female Custodians/Marines debate, so I wanted to post to clear that up. This is where this conversation breaks down. I don't want to address anything except what I've publically said, so please bear with me. People assume too much about people's reasoning, out there in the evil tides of the web.
There is no lore saying Custodians are X, Y, or Z, because until very recently, there was no Custodian lore at all. That's why I'd be fine with female Custodians (and the models would look badass). Anyone saying it breaks the lore is lying and/or wrong, because we were actually in the meetings and sending the emails discussing the invention of said lore, and there was literally nothing in the old lore that weighed comprehensively (or at all) either way. I can think of reasons it would make sense. I can think of reasons it wouldn't. But it's a very minor point. Moving on.
I don't recall ever commenting on female Space Marines (the topic tends to attract wankers believing they know best, and it gets tedious), though it comes up a lot, and it always diminishes this topic into something trite and silly, where both sides use it as the Main Thing instead of an extreme outlier. I have no strong feelings either way. It would be such a minor lore change that it wouldn't bother me, because the end result would be an essentially genderless entity, no different to the way male Marines are essentially genderless entities. But it also doesn't bother me that they're all male. The gene-seed process is so vague and shaky, lore-wise, with inherent contradictions, that the change wouldn't bother me, just like it all staying the same doesn't bother me. I don't object to the Blood Angels being as strong as the Ultramarines, despite the Blood Angels implanting skinny, starved, irradiated weaklings, while the Ultramarines implant educated, academy-trained Roman youth infantry that have trained every day of their lives for the chance to be a Space Marine. Does that make sense? No, of course not. Plenty of this magical biology jazz makes no sense. Female Marines. Male Marines. Whatever. Even if it changed, it would change nothing.
This is the part I actually care about. When I say there should be more female models, it's not out of some real-world agenda. That's the trick, here. The fact there isn't a host of female Guard and Ad-Mech (among others) is, well, actually wrong. That's against the lore, because there would indeed be a great many women in those positions. You can mention their absence from a real-world perspective, sure. It can be interesting, sociopolitically speaking. Cool. Whatever. You can argue against it, if you don't know the setting well, or only know the setting's memes, or have a real-world agenda of your own that you're trying to disguise. Fine. But the fact is, the absence of female models is a mistake. They're there in the setting. Not artificially "forced". Not powered by a real-world agenda. They're there in the setting because that's how the setting works. So they should be there in the Guard and Ad-Mech models, etc… unless someone wants to argue the models shouldn't reflect the actual lore. (And I've seen plenty of that on Twitter, often directly @-ing me). And in that case, well… it says a fair bit about agendas, and it's nothing to do with me or mine.