It was a strange line of thought that got me to this post, but I couldn’t help but post it, since it was on my mind.
Let me just quickly summarize my thoughts up to this point: the other day, I was joking around with Sean, as I am inclined to do, and he made a joke about his Undead Warrior and my Undead Death Knight getting involved in a relationship. (His warrior is staunchly against Death Knights, as well as very devoted to his wife, and my Death Knight has barely any sexual orientation to speak of, but that wouldn’t get in the way of the fanfiction writers if we were, you know, more well-known.)
Then I thought, you know what would be awesome? If my Death Knight made some kind of joking comment to his Warrior, implying some kind of sexual or romantic attraction. He’d flip his lid at the thought, surely! That’d be a lot of fun.
But my mind didn’t stop working there. I started thinking about homosexuality and sexual orientation and how socially acceptable that kind of thing would be on Azeroth. What do humans think of homosexuality? What do orcs think of it? Gnomes? Trolls? Dwarves? Tauren? The gears in my head started ticking over, and frankly, I’m not sure where it’ll stop.
Often, when I don’t know something about attitudes in World of Warcraft, and I can’t find a decent answer anywhere in lore, I look to similar societies in the real world and extrapolate from that. With orcs having a very Spartan feel, I can imagine their attitudes would be quite different to the humans, who evoke more of a medieval Europe feel to me, for example, and as a rule, the Undead don’t have much sexual attraction to anyone, male, female or otherwise.
So, how do they approach this subject?
First of all, I think it’s important to point out that on the whole, this probably isn’t an important issue, and any discrimination towards homosexuals in society will probably be ignored or overlooked by most people for reasons of social acceptability, much the same way that attitudes towards men and women are overlooked in the name of not giving one or other group the shaft.
But, alright, here’s some thoughts; cultures throughout history have had very different views on this issue. The Romans are famed for their behaviour, let us not forget, and while I would hesitate to say that there are any races in game that evoke this aspect of the Romans, I simply wish to emphasize that different culture groups will have vastly different opinions and practices. The upperclass Victorians would probably clutch their pearls at what the Romans did in their bath houses, and that’s not even breaking the surface.
The thing is, though, I’m using a lot of words here to avoid the very basic point: I have no idea. It’s not something that comes up in lore a lot, and while you can extrapolate from real world cultures, no two people are going to have the same ideas. And then, on top of all that, most people are going to want to slide over the issue because they don’t wish to offend anyone.
So, I put it to you, the readers. How do you think different races view homosexuality? Do you think this is important to think about? If someone made a lewd joke to one of your characters about homosexuality, how would THEY react? Have you ever given it any thought, even?
I’m curious about this, now that it’s on my mind. So, tell me how you play it!