Why are you always working on such weird ideas?
Apologies for hijacking the caption section of this post, but motorcyclette added a tag that really caught my eye: #imagine how much people would admire this character if they weren’t a woman
I feel like a lot of people dismissed or even disliked Moira, because she was kind of kooky, she had a goofy voice, she was relentlessly upbeat in spite of the bleakness of the world around her. And she sends the Wanderer on a bunch of fetch quests that can be unexpectedly challenging. There’s no guile to her and IIRC you can lie to her about the results of your quests with relatively low speech checks. She seems obsessive and a little nutty about her work and though it’s a bit frustrating that she stays in Megaton while you’re risking your life, she doesn’t force the Wanderer into anything and is still generally upbeat towards you even if you don’t assist with the research.
I’d never thought about the amount of hate she seems to get in the fandom in terms of her gender but that tag on motorcyclette’s reblog of this gave me pause. There aren’t that many relentlessly upbeat characters in the FO3/NV canon and the ones that are tend to be harbouring some dark secret (Andale and the Ultra Luxe spring to mind) or are part of some power-play by shadier forces seeking to manipulate the player (Yes Man and Victor were my first thoughts.)
While I suspect that very few people consciously hate on Moira because she’s a woman (though I’d hazard a guess that plenty of the people who do also have a lot of unresolved/internalised misogyny colouring how they interact with and feel about characters) it’s difficult to imagine that she’d get anything like the same amount of scorn and derision if she was a male character. She’d be the Wanderer’s kooky bro, with wacky ideas and sick rewards for relatively straightforward quests. There’d be “Good Guy Dudemoira” memes along the lines of “sends Wanderer on sidequest to locations right next to ones needed for bigger quests”.
Aspects of her character that are perceived as weak or annoying in a female character would likely be paraded as strengths (or neutral traits) rather than flaws in a male NPC. Moira is seen as weak, flighty, naive, nuts, or ignorant to the horrors around here where a hypothetical dude would be a genius who knows his physical limitations, a wasteland philosopher, a much-needed breath of levity in an unfamiliar and hostile environment. Moira doesn’t have the decency to be “hot” or scantily clad or sexually forward like a lot of the important female NPCs you encounter. If she was a dude, it wouldn’t even enter anybody’s mind to be annoyed that he wasn’t the hottest character or that you can’t drop twenty caps to fuck him.
Dude-Moira would be a hero for dedicating his life to learning and sharing information about how to survive in the wasteland, Moira’s a misguided irritant with an unhealthy obsession.
i love how racists say they have an “unpopular opinion” like um no actually your opinion is so popular that there is an entire structure of oppression based around it that controls the entire country cool story
"I am a big girl. A voluptuous, curvy, dress-wearing lesbian. I love my body; it’s the only one I’ll ever have. I eat a lot of greens and work out and drink gin martinis and put M&Ms in my froyo and sometimes I don’t do anything but watch Project Runway. I am allowed to look sexy, feel sexy, and be in love. I am worthy of all of those things, and so are you. Own your good and bad, and all the scary parts that you’ve been covering up because it is yours and no amount of judgement can tell you how to love your body. In the words of Sonya Renee, the body is not an apology. You are magic. “