FenCayne wrote:Christina - F - Welsh - Latent Bi (Character identifies as heterosexual but can be 'seduced' by a persistent and sincere Ann)
Neville - M - Welsh - Latent Bi (Character identifies as heterosexual but can be 'seduced' by a persistent and sincere Arthur)
While I am glad these characters now are open to more than one gender identity (someone was kind enough to show me the original chart), I have a slight problem.*
REALLY love the idea that you can 'turn' two of the characters with sincere persistence!
You see, there's a problem here. Queer identified people are often subject to a vicious myth that they are constantly trying to 'convert' straight people into their 'lifestyles,' and the idea of 'seducing' or 'persuading' them to be 'bisexual' feeds into another stereotype that bisexual people have been 'corrupted' from their 'natural state' by the influencing of other people.
There are an infinite
number of other ways of going about a similar story (of a presumed heterosexual person realizing they harbor feelings for someone of a similar or same gender identity) without falling into such tried, tired (and untrue) tropes - for example while I am not a huge fan of the 'Only if its You' idea, it can have some truth in it, without falling into the uncomfortable idea of seducing/'sincerely' badgering someone into 'turning.'
Don't worry about Political Correctness, just write the characters as you think they would be!
This is also a slight
While it is certainly true that people of a creative mindset should not sway their original intentions and form fit what others want, when handling delicate matters such as race, gender identity and sexual orientation minorities all of these being groups that have faced persecution and discrimination and while I absolutely applaud
the Roger Steel writer and Winterwolves for being so inclusive, it is really best to consider the many factors that are at play, lest one end up insulting or inadvertently discriminating against another group.
Personally I believe that FenCayne is doing their best to be 'politically correct' (it's not a bad thing people!) and make the story and its characters really dynamic and without acting as stereotypes!
Now, that said...
I am gonna **LOVE*** this game!
Steampunk and gay romance all in one game... *swoons!*
Damn, yes it is going to be a sweet game!
*Please note that I mean no offence to anyone involved in this conversation, be it subject matter or quotes I reference.