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Oct 11th 2017 at 4:48:45 AM •••

I really think the Double Standard Rape entry should go or be altered at least. One can certainly make the case that Triss did wrong but it isn't rape by any stretch of the term. Geralt willingly had sex with her, she forced him into nothing regardless of whatever she failed to mention to him about his history.

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Oct 11th 2017 at 6:32:55 AM •••

Meh, I am fine with it. Geralt is willing, but his willingness stems entirely from him having Amnesia. Plus, the game itself gives Geralt the option to bring it up, that he was essentially taken advantage of yet he doesn't mind (which is basically this trope) - so it's not exactly reading too much in the story when it's a possible plot point. He was not in a proper state of mind and she knew this. It's not that different from someone taking advantage of someone with brain damage or who is drunk. Sure, the person's giving consent, but they are not in full possession of all the facts and the other person both knows this and is counting on it. To Quote The Other Wiki: "Consent is affirmative "informed approval, indicating a freely given agreement" to sexual activity". Geralt's consent is not informed. It's under false pretence.

Oct 11th 2017 at 7:39:22 AM •••

I will add that Vesemir, Lambert and Eskel are also complicit. All three of them know Yennefer, they know Geralt doesn't remember her, and they know he's sleeping with Triss (At the start of the first game), and not one of them brings it up to him. Which is weird. It's like everyone at Kaer Mohren is gaslighting Geralt. Yennifer apparently good at burning bridges with people >_>

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Oct 11th 2017 at 7:45:05 AM •••

I see where you're coming from and I agree that she took advantage of the situation but I just think rape is not what happened. "Consent is affirmative "informed approval, indicating a freely given agreement" to sexual activity" indeed and Geralt gave that; Geralt may not have had his memories but his mind worked perfectly fine and he was quite capable of deciding to have sex with Triss or not and he chose to do so. His memory was impaired but, unlike being drunk or brain damaged, his judgement was not. If lacking one's memories removes the chance for consent no amnesiac could ever give consent until and unless their memory returns. I just think The Unfair Sex would be a better trope for what Triss did (and is not called on by anyone but, briefly, herself).

Oct 11th 2017 at 7:54:24 AM •••

The actions of Eskel, Lambert and Vesemir actually was what tipped me over into not thinking this is all about Triss getting Geralt; later in the first game Triss states she thinks Geralt should create his own identity rather than trying to pretend to be the person they remember. I figured the other Witchers and her discussed it and all agreed that was the best course of action. Note they also don't talk about others who aren't romantic competition for Triss (Ciri, Dandelion, Zoltan, Regis etc), not just Yennefer.

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Oct 11th 2017 at 7:55:55 AM •••

Except his judgement IS impaired by the fact that he's not informed. He's lacking critical info about his own situation. And the very proof of that is that you can have Geralt point out he'd not have slept with Triss if it weren't for his lack of memory. IE: If he had his memories, his judgement would've been different. One's judgement doesn't exist in a vaccuum, it's also formed from your own experiences and past memories.

Oct 11th 2017 at 7:56:55 AM •••

The problem is that Triss lied to Geralt by withholding information. It's not informed consent because, by her own admission, she withheld information that could influence his decision for the express purpose of getting Geralt in bed. Going back to issues of mental impairment, it's like taking advantage of a dementia sufferer during a particularly bad episode, and directly lying/deceiving them just to get them in bed.

Oct 11th 2017 at 8:42:00 AM •••

Certainly had he had his memories he might have acted differently but one can apply that to literally any action he took between the beginning of the first game to about two thirds of the way through the second. As a non-sexual example I suspect he would have reacted differently to Alvin if he could remember Ciri. As I said above by that token no amnesiac could ever have sex and it not be called rape since one could never know if they would have made the same choice with their memories. Triss never actually lied, she told Geralt they were friends and they occasionally had sex, true on both counts. She kept information from him but she also told him she was doing so, even explaining why and, as I noted a couple of comments back, it's not as if she only held back from talking about Yennefer so I accept her explanation (and by implication that of the other Witchers). Not to mention that, as far as she knew, Yennefer was dead. She certainly took advantage of the situation to make a play for his affections which was certainly A Bad Thing but it's not rape, which is why I disagree with the trope. Plus it's worth noting none of us has brought up the gender of either party in our arguments so the trope could be said not to apply for that reason; the fact that Triss is a woman and Geralt a man has no bearing on whether it's considered rape or not.

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Oct 11th 2017 at 8:56:04 AM •••

"lying by omission occurs when an important fact is left out in order to foster a misconception." Triss outright states that she is not telling Geralt everything she knows about his past and at no point implies that the two were romantically involved beyond the occasional roll in the hay and again, Yennefer was dead as far as she knew so she was not incorrectly implying that Geralt was single. So Lie By Omission does not apply.

Oct 11th 2017 at 9:26:24 AM •••

Yes it does. Triss telling Geralt that she's not telling him everything doesn't automatically absolve her of not telling him. In addition, it's yet another form of lying by means of Mathematician's Answer: it's a statement so general as to be useless. Geralt has no way of knowing WHAT information she's withholding or how it will affect their interaction. What you're arguing is like saying that just because someone says "I'll want something in return for this favor" in a verbal agreement, they're justified in later punching the guy in the face and claiming it was what he wanted in return. No reasonable person would expect to be assaulted in return for a favor, and no court would uphold it.

By Trish's own admission in the third game, she was wrong for keeping Geralt's relationship with Yennefer a secret from him while he was suffering from amnesia. And Geralt frequently defends his actions in said game by indicating he didn't remember. Both of these statement taken together means that if Trish had told Geralt the truth while he had amnesia, he would not have slept with her. And she KNEW that and did it anyway.

Your argument of "no amnesiac could have sex" is invalid, because if you TELL an amnesiac information you feel is relevant to their consent and they still choose to have sex with you, that has more value as consent than not telling them anything. You're making the argument that two different morally grey scenarios are completely the same when they aren't.

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Oct 11th 2017 at 9:43:19 AM •••

My argument was that Triss was not fostering a misconception. She didn't tell Geralt or imply to him that they were in a relationship (the sex remains casual until halfway through Act 3, maybe, depending on player choice). That Triss was not wrong was never something I was arguing. I just don't think she's a rapist. Now if Triss thought Yennefer was alive maybe I could see it but she didn't. As far as she had any way of knowing Yennefer was dead and Geralt's relationship with her had as much relevance as, say, his relationship with Fringilla Vigo since it was over now. Telling him "you had a girlfriend called Yennefer and she died" would have been the decent thing to do given that Yennefer was her friend but, since she was apparently dead, his previous relationship was no more relevant to him sleeping with her now than his past relationship with Fringilla Vigo did. If she's going to tell Geralt about every woman he's slept with they're gonna be there a while. Her behaviour is FAR from free from reproach but it is not rape.

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Oct 11th 2017 at 10:23:33 AM •••

The problem is that she didn't even tell him ABOUT his relationship with Yennefer. Whether Yen was alive or not, Trish admits that she did not tell Geralt the details about his relationship with Yennefer specifically to get Geralt in bed with her. Again, she deliberately withheld information that she KNEW would affect Geralt's decision to sleep with her, while Geralt was in an unsound mental condition.

Telling him that information wasn't just a "decent thing to do". It was the bare minimum expectation. It was the exact information Geralt needed to make informed consent and she withheld it from because she KNEW that. Again, Geralt himself stating that he didn't know about his relationship with Yen as a defense for why he slept with Trish specifically means that he wouldn't have made the same choice if he had that information.

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Oct 11th 2017 at 10:42:28 AM •••

Why was that "the bare minimum?" It was a past relationship with someone who was now dead and, given that he couldn't remember Yennefer at all, Geralt had no emotional connection with either the relationship or the death. Geralt does bring up his memory loss with Yennefer as something that would have affected his decision but that's because his memory would have told him that she was alive and out there somewhere to find, not just that he had had a relationship with her. Triss was not privy to that information.

Oh, and linking to Wants a Prize for Basic Decency was not appropriate; I had brought that up as an example of Triss doing something wrong so the trope doesn't apply.

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Oct 11th 2017 at 10:58:26 AM •••

It was the bare minimum because both she and Geralt knew that the information would affect his consent, while he was in a mentally-fragile state. Again, she KNEW that telling him about Yennefer would have ruined her chances to sleep with him, whether Yen was alive or dead. Therefore, Yen's survival had no impact on the importance of the informaton—Trish knew that just telling him about Yennefer would end her chances.

Your argument is that Triss telling Geralt about Yennefer would have been "a decent thing to do", as in above and beyond what she was morally expected. What Ghilz and I are saying is that that's wrong and is the definition of trying to praise Triss if she had done what she knew she should have done in the first place.

Oct 11th 2017 at 11:21:10 AM •••

A terminology confusion then: when I say "the decent thing to do" I mean what a decent person should do in that circumstance therefore if it wasn't done the person in question was not being a decent person. So no, not implying it's above and beyond anything. Apologies if I worded that poorly.

Back on point I disagree that merely knowing Yennefer had existed would have affected Geralt's consent regardless of if she was alive. There is a world of difference between "You had a girlfriend who is now dead" and "you are currently in a relationship with someone who is alive and well and who you could go find now." Since Geralt couldn't remember Yennefer the former, which is what Triss knew, would have meant little or nothing to him. He was made aware of his own age (and that most people don't get that old) and the dangerous nature of his life, he'd be foolish not to assume he had a few deceased paramours in his past. Telling him about Yennefer by itself would have been just dry data with no context as to why he should care. Actually knowing that he could go find said girlfriend right now and explore that is a whole different ball game.

As I noted already it's not as if Triss only kept Yennefer from him. She didn't bring up any of his old friends regardless of if they had been in a romantic relationship or not. As she actually said in the game she believed she should do so to allow him to develop his own personality rather than be shackled to other's memories of who he used to be. Given that the other Witchers did the same (and, far as I can tell, none of them want to sleep with Geralt) it's logical to assume this was an agreement they came to. I don't agree with this, I think at least a Cliff Notes version of his life would have been the way to go. If nothing else not doing so was disrespectful to Yennefer, Ciri, Regis and the various other friends he was presumably never going to be able to meet again and should know about. But it was the call they made and it was not just "lie to Geralt so I can steal him" as you seem to be suggesting.

But really this has already gotten well out of hand. I just wanted to express my own opinion regarding a trope entry and then I got caught up arguing. I do that too much. I don't think we're either of us gonna convince the other so, having said my piece and then some, I'm gonna let it lie.

Oct 11th 2017 at 11:38:19 AM •••

You stated that telling Geralt about Yen was "decent thing to do" but NOT RELEVANT. What your words are implying is that "relevant" and "decent" are two separate things. You're saying that she was wrong for not telling him, but that this wrongness is unrelated to consent. And that's where the disagreement is.

Also, the details of whether or not Yennefer was alive has no bearing on Triss's actions because Triss in the third game ADMITS to not telling him about Yen to take advantage of his amnesia and sleep with him. Thus, Triss knew that telling him about Yen, alive or not, has the possibility of ending her chances. Geralt's statement in the third game also indicate that he possibly would have acted differently if he had known. The ability to make a different possible decision based on relevant information, especially in a mentally unsound state, is what informed consent is, and Triss willingly denied that to Geralt.

You're also now trekking into speculation territory by arguing "what Geralt should have known". As I already said, Geralt not knowing general information is not the same as him being denied specific information. The argument of "well Geralt should have assumed he had lovers" is irrelevant speculation because if we're speculating THAT, we might as well speculate that Triss would have lied if asked to keep her aim of sleeping with Geralt. We don't trope "logical assumptions". We trope what is said and shown in the story.

Jul 28th 2017 at 6:03:08 PM •••

I'm not sure that the White Flame Dancing on the Graves of His Enemies is really Geralt's friend as such. Emhyr var Emreis isn't really friends with anyone - no-one in his position can afford such luxuries as friendship.

Geralt is merely one of his Private Military Contractors.

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Jul 29th 2017 at 1:54:02 AM •••

Geralt lifted a curse from him when he was young. A curse that turned him into a werehedgehog of sorts.

So yeah, he is VERY grateful for that. Not only this allowed him to finally marry Pavetta (whom she loved in a genuine way, rather than politicking), but also created a chance for him to return to Nilfgaard from exile and retake what was his via a coup backed by his loyalists.

It's the kind of favour you don't discard, even if you are emperor of half of the known world. Because he's said emperor and not an exiled cursed knight trapped in semi-important backwater thanks to Geralt.

Oct 11th 2017 at 4:55:31 AM •••

Also how many people do you think he lets mouth off to him like Geralt does?

Oct 11th 2017 at 7:35:19 AM •••

Not sure what trope we're discussing, but Emhyr and Geralt are not friends. None of ^^ makes it friendship. He tolerates Geralt. He gives him more leeway both as gratitude for what he did, and because he knows Geralt's skills are unmatched and warrant putting up with him. None of that makes them friends. You can be grateful to someone, that doesn't make you friends.

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Jan 31st 2017 at 6:40:37 PM •••

Game Breaking Bug for Blood & Wine: Corvo Bianco can never be completed if you leave Toussaint while an improvement is under construction. This was fixed in Patch 1.22 in the middle of last year, was it not?

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Dec 30th 2016 at 12:57:51 PM •••

The following was removed.

  • Double Standard: For the most part, All Men Are Perveruts and All Women Are Prudes is in full effect. Several unnamed male NP Cs can be casually heard trying to score with a large number of women (in particular courtesans and prostitutes), and male criminals/bandits are commonly serial rapists (female criminals and bandits are extremely rare exceptions). Several sidequests involve a Woman Scorned who is angry that another woman wedded a man she loved in her stead. On several occasions, the death of her beloved led a woman to either commit suicide to be with him or vow to be celibate for the rest of her life out of loyalty. Dandelion gets an entire sidequest about women who are utterly smitten with him, but who know next to nothing about each other (and even if they DO know, are still loyal and willing to take him back).

The entry in question isn't about men being "perverted and lustful". The point is that, even by admission of several characters, male bandits, soldiers and criminals are overt rapists. Female bandits are already extremely rare but do not behave the same way.

The editor also missed the point about jealousy: most quests treat a man's infidelity as a moment of weakness, with women only getting angry when the man prefers the other woman.

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Jan 13th 2017 at 9:38:01 PM •••

In the most technical of senses, Double Standard is just a list of tropes exhibiting double standards; it doesn't have examples itself of it occurring in works. You'd need to pick a particular trope on that page and go from there.

Feb 5th 2016 at 6:42:10 PM •••

Why was the Good Bad Bugs entry removed? Do the priestesses and guards eventually stop giving you shit over the events of "Nameless", because I'm not that far yet.

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May 27th 2015 at 4:54:04 AM •••

Adult Fear: Throwing the baby Aki in the oven is this in spades.

May 24th 2015 at 1:46:26 PM •••

The Ciri Lives Endings are very bittersweet. Either Ciri takes on the task of trying to improves things at the cost of her own personal happiness, or she finds joy on the road, but leaves the problems of the world to fester.

May 21st 2015 at 2:36:21 AM •••

In the "Burn the Witch" entry, they bring up King Radovid supporting anti-witch pogroms. Does this occur in games where Triss is rescued from Witcher 2?

Edit: Yes, yes it does.

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Jan 25th 2015 at 1:56:45 PM •••

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