not that I know of yet
I neglected to account for how many of my favourite characters are playable in this game.
I mean, Midna’s the obvious choice over Lana. But I’m already struggling with Impa vs. Sheik. And they added Darunia in, and I’ll get Ruto soon. I mean…how do you choose?
How do you choose?!
The world’s tallest horse. Jake is an 11-year-old Belgian gelding and he weighs 2600 lbs. He stands 20 hands, 2.75 inches at the shoulder, or 6’10 3/4”.
Note: this horse is a gelding. That’s why he’s hugeafuckingmongous. That’s also why Songbirds are tall and powerful. That’s why they’ve got the big ribcages and strong lungs to go with their thinner vocal cords. It’s what provides the power behind their voices. A long time ago I had someone ask me about some altered characters she was writing; she thought they should be sort of slight and short because of the surgery and how it might affect hormones, etc. It’s not an illogical assumption. But really, the opposite is true. The surgical process (when done before puberty) basically extends the period of puberty in some areas; for example, the chemical that tells your bones to stop growing doesn’t kick in as fast as it does normally.
Many of the stereotypes that persist about castrated men are down to the way their cultures treated them. But some critical facts are omitted: Historical castrato were spoiled and temperamental divas, it’s true, and the opera culture made them that way. But in the height of their popularity, they were seen by many ladies (and no small number of men) of the time as the sexiest things in fucking ever. In another cultural example, Chinese Court Eunuchs used to run the fucking country. It was assumed they would be less corrupt because they couldn’t pass their power and positions on to children, but they wound up doing everything, and were hardly retiring. Eunuchs were historically chosen as harem guards not just because it was thought they would leave the ladies alone (which depends entirely on how they were altered, btw), but because they were enormous and intimidating.
Many people forget those things, and I can’t tell you how often in fantasy novels I’ve seen the castrated characters presented as passive weaklings. It’s just not true, and most often it’s just the (male) author freaking out a little over the concept, assuming that the loss of something so vital as his balls would instantly turn a man into a lisping, limp-wristed fruitcake. I loved C.S. Lewis as a child, but he’s got plenty of flaws, and in Till We Have Faces he implied that having his business snicked off made an otherwise straight man flamingly gay overnight. Which is horseshit.
In short, the willowy and effeminate eunuch so often seen in speculative fiction is a pejorative stereotype, often perpetuated by insecure male writers. Stables don’t geld their horses to make them masters of interior design. They do it because it makes them strong. Castrati can break glass with their voices. They can also kick your ass.
44% of the audience of Guardians of the Galaxy is female and all the speculation states that women went to see it for Chris Pratt’s body. I don’t think that’s fair. Maybe (and this is crazy) they just like kickass movies with space shit and explosions. Maybe women can do things without men being their motivation. Maybe.
Exoticism portrays only a portion of a culture and allows the imagination to use stereotypes to fill in the missing pieces. Most frequently, when we supply the missing pieces, we extrapolate that other people are more different from us than they are similar.