Second Gender

version 1 by Felix Larsson

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    Including the present extension allows things of every kind (not merely persons) to be neuter, female and/or male.

    Any combinations of any two of these genders are possible, as are single-gendered and even (in a sense) non-gendered things.

    Giving a thing two genders means that the player will be able to refer to that thing with two distinct pronouns (e.g. calling a ship both "it" and "her", calling a dog both "it" and "him", calling Hermaphroditus both "him" and "her")

    You can technically give a single thing all three genders, but then the player will only be able to refer to that thing with the pronouns "her" and "him" (not with "it").

    N.B.! A thing without any gender property set at all will still be referable to as "it".

    All things except men and women are neuter by default. Persons, too, are neuter by default (as long as they are not declared men or women).

    Men are always male; women are always female.

    (A thing or person that is declared to be both male or female will be secretly neuter: it won't react to the pronoun "it", but it can still be tested for its neuter gender.)

    You set genders the ordinary way:
        Hermaphroditus is a person in the Woods of Caria. Hermaphroditus is male. Hermaphroditus is female.

    The above lines makes Hermaphroditus both male and female (but neither man, woman, or animal).

    Compare this with the line below:
        Hermaphroditus is a female man in the Woods of Caria.

    That line makes Hermaphroditus both male and female but also makes him a man rather than a woman.

    Animals are neuter by default, so we dont have to say that explicitly:
        Felix the Cat is a male animal.

    The above line will make Felix the Cat both male and neuter.

    The same goes for things:
        The Black Pearl is a female vehicle in the Docks of Tortuga.

    That makes the Black Pearl both female and neuter.

    To create a thing or a person without a gender, tell inform that it is not neuter:
        The omniscient narrator is a person. The omniscient narrator is not neuter.

    As remarked above a genderless thing will still answer to the pronoun "it", however.