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On Going Beyond Stereotype One of the ways the authenticity of female characters in movies are judged is called the Bechdel test. Essentially, if a movie has only one female character, or if it has more than one but they only talk to each other about men, it fails the test. This is a good lesson to keep in mind when trying to fairly portray women in a ...


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I play female characters about 25% of the time (and about 100% of the time as a GM), so this is something I've worked on/thought about over my gaming career. Depicting Your Character First, there's the general "How do I depict anything different from myself at the gaming table?" This is often a problem not just with crossgender play. I remember an ...


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Don't worry about it. Relax. Work out the character's motives, likes and dislikes. Ask your girlfriend or friend who is a girl to review. Never try to do a voice ;) I believe that regardless of gender if you give an NPC realistic motives they will appear a realistic character. Good luck :)


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The answer depends on just how stereotypical one wants to get. Male noble stereotypical traits: Take charge might-makes-right attitude. Women are divided into several groups: Women of quality & virtue for marriage Women of quality but not virtue for flirtation and/or fornication Women of Virtue but not quality. Typically in habits and cloistered. ...


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Crossdressing For Success I play a character of a different gender than myself about 25% of the time judging from a review of my recent past characters. I think it's a great roleplaying challenge and is a lot of fun. Of course when I GM I run female characters all the time as a routine part of any game session, too. "It's weird" Though I've seen ...


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Model your female characters after women you know. Hell, model your male characters after men you know, too. Or, if you want to make things interesting, model your male characters after women you know, and vice versa. No one will know what you're doing. This is what I do. I choose friends, family, coworkers, celebrities, and fictional characters and I use ...


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You are overthinking it. Stop thinking of the character as a woman and just think of her as a person. There are some things that are realistically a little different, like the fact that linguists tell us that men interrupt women more often than women interrupt women. But such subtleties are not worth worrying about in games unless you are specifically ...


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Pick a male character from a film, TV series, and/or book, that is male and see what things they do that differ from what you (as a woman) would do. For example, Look at Barney from How I Met Your Mother, Neil Patrick Harris is openly gay yet he still manages to get a "Bro" feel and large interest in women to his character. Another example would be to look ...


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You're over-thinking it. Men, let alone young me, are not all alike. Some are brash, others are timid. Some are inventive, others are hidebound. Some are optimists, others are doomsayers. They also exhibit different degrees of 'masculine' and 'feminine' characteristics. To be a bit simplistic, 'masculine' and 'feminine' traits are extremes on a continuum, ...


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The answer to this would be heavily dependent on the culture and time period involved. Expectations of nobility and controls imposed on younger people vary heavily on those two factors. That said, let me offer some advice here. Being with other men in game isn't a problem but interacting with women is. Savoir-vivre helps but I still find myself never ...


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Really, make a well rounded person with motivations and wants and desires, and a philosophy to lifeā€¦ And then after that is done go about adding some "male" traits. When a character seems like a gender stereotype is when the stereotypical behavior is what is defining them, rather than something that incidentally is also part of the character.


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To leave the religious context of replies behind and to try to answer your question: I have seen cross-gender roleplayers,and the only thing that makes it weird is when the characters act as if they where their own gender, while their character is not. If you want to roleplay a female and you are male, as long as you don't act like a man when you like and ...


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My answer would be to have a degree of separation from your character (and this, in my opinion, is desirable for ALL characters you play regardless of their gender). Cease thinking of your character as being explicitly your own. Create a character instead within the framework of a world. You are not a first-person narrator, but a third-person limited ...


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As @Molly has already suggested I think the key is to play female NPCs in the same way that you would a man. Gender shouldn't influence their goals, motives, willingness for shady dealing or stand-over threats, etc. I have a few additions however: 1. Do 'the voice' I would politely disagree with the suggestions that you don't try and characterise a female ...


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Great question! Focus on one short-term goal. Think in terms of action, not relationship. View people in terms of what you do with them (or even to them). The rest is more a function of the character's environment than his physical sex. How are male nobles raised in this society? What's expected of them? What's allowed. aramis's post is perfect.


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Use contrasting characters. It can be very hard to portray someone of the other gender AS someone of the other gender without falling into stereotypes (of either gender-role-acceptance or refusal, for example). But if you GM, you can use a stereotype NPC to show off another NPC. I have had great success with an over-the-top (Exalted/Infernal) sexualized ...


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This is something I do for any character, but it works really well for female ones. I call it "quote mining" - I start to define their personalities by looking at websites or books with massive piles of quotations ... And then start picking out ones from females that sound like "something my character might say" on a given topic. Start dividing the quotes ...


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In a tolerant culture, you find so much diversity that there is very little that is uniquely male or female. I know women that are enormous football fans, that drink beer, and lift weights. While I know men that act relatively effiminate and cook masterfully. Even in terms of attraction, there are men that prefer men and women that prefer women. In a ...


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In my experience, it depends on the player if "it's weird" or not. Most people can play PCs of opposite gender without any weird vibes. However, as soon as there are too many sexual undertones (either from obvious wish fulfillment fantasies or because some internal conflicts are externalized using the player character), other players might react ... less ...


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I can't address people in general, but in my local play group it's not uncommon or viewed as odd. We're a very gender-skewed play group, so a more gender-balanced party necessarily has a few players playing characters of the opposite gender. A quick survey of the characters my group have played in our campaigns reveals ~64% same-gender, ~36% ...


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Benefits It allows a more balanced set of encounters It allows for more varied character options for female players in some settings It is an essential GMing skill Drawbacks It can be upsetting to certain persons amongst Christians, Muslims, and Jews, who see it violating the Torah, biblical or koranic prohibition on cross-genderism. if play is ...


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Well, you did mention you have a boyfriend, so why not play the character like him? No, really. You have met (I assume) many male friends in your lifetime - some good, some bad - and you've seen how they act towards other people. It is perfectly acceptable, encourageable, even, to base your role-playing on those people that you've met. The absolute best ...



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