10/03/2012 03:24 PMHow 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?
Posted by Systar
A very large factor is the presence of female military personnel taking the field alongside their male counterparts. Females also hold high office of state and society.
Give an example of a lore character that is contrary to stereotypical gender role.
Male: Anduin Wrynn. Anduin displays a wider array of emotions than the typical Warcraft male, and is currently nurturing his talents as a healer and caretaker in spite of protests that this is an "unmanly" pursuit.
Female: Magna Aegwynn. Aegwynn was regarded as inferior to the male candidates to join the Tirisfalen, but engaged them in open competition to be chosen as the new Guardian. When she found herself manipulated by outside forces, she sought to thwart them by passing her power directly to her child. Rather than allow herself to be courted and wed and beget a child that way, she seduced Nielas Aran and discarded him after his purpose in her efforts had been served, effectively severing her relationship with the other mage.
Give an example of a lore character that falls into a stereotypical gender role.
Male: Garrosh Hellscream. Is there presently a character in lore more hypermasculine than the son of Grommash? His moping self-doubt in Garadar marked him as unmanly, but he's more than made up for it since with his open displays of aggression and anger. I think he hits every bullet point on the list.
Female: Jaina Proudmoore. In spite of her position as a head of state, Jaina has been typically defined as Daelin Proudmoore's daughter, as the betrothed of Arthas Menethil, as the woman who rejected Kael'thas Sunstrider, as Varian's confidant and Anduin's "aunt," as Thrall's friend (and sometime love interest, as fandom would have it), and is now Kalec's girlfriend. I don't think of her as Princess of Kul Tiras, as Lady of Theramore, or as head of the Kirin Tor, even though she's all of those things. I think of her in relationship to the men in her life, and that's a sad effect of how she's been written.
Bonus round: Aggralan, daughter of Ryal. Though at first, Aggra stands disdainful and in opposition of Thrall, the end of the book that introduced her finds her tamed and much of her venom drawn. She does yet backtalk Thrall in Twilight of the Aspects, but during the Firelands event, she immediately rushes to rescue her man and pledges to give him the life and family he's always wanted … even though they've known each other a matter of months at this point. If she could have been said to be shrewish before, much of that is gone now and she treats herself as subservient to Thrall.
Why is this important?
It's important because almost every race has strong male and female characters. The blood elves have Lor'themar Theron (sort of …) and Kael'thas Sunstrider, but they also have Lady Liadrin, and Kael'thas himself also had two female advisors: Capernian and Solarian, making the male/female split of named mobs in Kael's sanctum four to two — not quite
even, but close. Al'ar doesn't count. Neither does Loot Reaver. The blood elves also arguably have Sylvanas and, by legacy, Alleria.
The Forsaken are led by a woman, who has a banshee as her advisor, but also had Putress in the past.
Even the patriarchal trolls have had a few female NPCs; Earthmender Norsala springs to mind, as does Vanira, who was involved in the Darkspear Isles event.
How does gender socialization affect your ability to roleplay the opposite sex?
I'd like to think it doesn't, but I play very few males these days.