How do you think our society and the socialization pertaining to gender is different from the races in Azeroth? How do you think they are similar?How we differ:
Our society won't bat an eyelash at those who still adhere to gender roles, because they have been established for so long. Additionally, with how recent the Women's Rights Movement was, our society actually praises those who break out of the gender roles.
Such praise would be given to women who are independent, who are assertive, who are forthright (as opposed to sneaky and catty), who are confident with their appearance without requiring approval with others, and who seize opportunities to become powerful people.
I imagine if women in Azeroth (especially orcs, trolls, night elves, and dwarves) possessed our society's gender role attributes, they would be considered weak. Azeroth seems to be a world of gender equality because of the presence of strong female leaders, as well as women's presence in the military, but more importantly, their presence on the actual battlefield alongside men.
This is very important to note because in our society women are not yet allowed to fight in combat on the front lines with men (USA). We can list various reasons why that have been proposed many times before:
1.) Our country isn't ready to see women coming home from war in body bags.
2.) Actual physiological differences that generally result in men being physically stronger than women. Not all! I've certainly known women who were stronger than their male counterparts.
3.) Sexual tension between allies, which will inevitably cause problems and drama that doesn't belong on the battlefield.
4.) The possibility of females being raped by the enemy if they are taken captive (and while it is sad, but true, the possibility of the aforementioned by allies).
5.) Males faltering in battle when a female is hit or killed, and perhaps putting others in danger by lingering on the women as opposed to continuing the fight or sticking to orders.
Because of these reasons, the fact that there are women on the battlefield in Azeroth and even in military leadership positions is a huge statement about gender equality.How we are similar:
Most male characters in Azeroth seem to possess the strong, alpha male gender role that we see in our own society. Weakness in men is also disdained, as it is in our society. Men in Azeroth and in our society highly value and are attracted to strong females who are accomplished and possess a sense of direction.
Give an example of a lore character that is contrary to stereotypical gender role.
Give an example of a lore character that falls into a stereotypical gender role.
Why is this important?
Why is what important?
How does gender socialization affect your ability to roleplay the opposite sex?
I never play characters of the opposite sex.