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I’ve been playing for almost a year, I know it isn’t much at all in comparison to others, but I want to become more active in the forums.
Basically what I wanted to discuss is the options for people outside of the gender binary in Achaea, and trans individuals in general. Our current system is, clearly, binary, male or female, no neither, no both, permanent.
As someone that is non-binary myself this makes me slightly uncomfortable, seeing that this really great game I love does not acknowledge my identity, or other people’s. It seems like the system is quite simple: Penis means male, vagina means female.
I’m sure I’m not the only non-cis person in Achaea, and I don’t know just how complicated it’d be to add the option for gender-neutral pronouns, but the change of pronouns from he to she and viceversa does not seem too hard to achieve at all. And the matter of fact is, there is no reason why pronouns be permanent.
Sure, I can create a “female” character and RP her as having a penis, thus having a trans girl character. The permanency of gender though not only encourages the gender binary (As is the case with Satyrs and Sirens), but also discards to possibility of being genderfluid.
I can change my entire race, go from hands to paws, grow a tail, wings, scales, fur and change my body in size and appearance completely, but I can’t change my gender? I would like characters to be able to change their gender, the same way they can change anything else.
I propose a system that allows us to pick, at least, between he, she and they pronouns (They serving as the gender-neutral singular pronoun), providing Male, Female, Non-Binary options. I would also love to stop encouraging the idea that Satyrs having penises makes them “Male-only”, and Sirens having vaginas making them “Female-only”. After all, I know plenty of girls with penises, and not all my friends with vaginas are girls. Thus, all races should be able to identify as whatever they wish.
Not only do I think this would add incredible depth to many characters, and make lots of players feel less left out, but I think it'd be a huge help for trans individuals, who find it hard to accept themselves in a world where they aren't accepted. If a girl is born with a penis, and thus assigned "male", she might as well be a Satyr. Thus, saying people with penises (Satyrs, for example) can only be male, would make this girl question her identity, and probably feel like she should be ashamed of herself.