Sexuality

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Sexuality is the capacity to have erotic experiences and responses. In the context of this article, it refers to the sexual orientation of the inhabitants of the wasteland. The majority of sapient wasteland denizens are heterosexual, with a significant population of homosexual wastelanders. Bisexuality can be assumed to exist (and is, indeed, possible for the Courier to be bisexual if the player so desires), but there exist few references to it.

The majority of prostitutes in the wasteland cater to heterosexual clients, though most also accommodate same-sex customers. Curiously, the majority of prostitutes seems to be female.[1]

Attitudes towards homosexuality[edit | edit source]

Attraction to the same gender is an orientation not uncommon in the wasteland. However, while heterosexuality is universally accepted (and even enforced, as described above), the attitudes towards homosexuality vary. For example, while the Brotherhood of Steel has no official policy, the small size of the organization means that some members believe that procreation is the civic duty of every member of the Brotherhood, and shun homosexuals.[2] On the other hand, New California Republic is generally accepting of homosexuals, though tolerance tends to fall off and disappear the farther one comes out to the frontier. For example, homosexual servicemen usually hide their orientation when being deployed to frontier regions, like the Mojave.[3]

On the other end of the spectrum lies Caesar's Legion. In order to maximize breeding and eliminate factors that might lower it, Caesar has decreed homosexuality a capital offence. Individual legionaries may form homosexual relationships, but they have to keep a tight lid on them, lest they incur the wrath of Caesar. In case of suspicion, legionaries may try to dispose of evidence by murdering their partners, a usual recourse if the partner is a servant, rather than legionary.[4] Curiously, foreigners who have not dealt with the Legion tend to believe that it is actually openly accepting of homosexual relations.[5][6]

Indifference is also an attitude not uncommon in the wastelands. For example, anyone who does their job well for the Bishops of New Reno can expect to have their orientation accommodated without prejudice by the family head.[7]

References

  1. Such is the case with Sinthia, the New Reno prostitutes, and prostitutes in the New Vegas area.
  2. The Courier: "What happened?"
    Veronica Santangelo: "She left the Brotherhood. Wanted to put some distance between herself and her parents. Since our membership isn't open to outsiders, some members think that obligates all of us to procreate. You can guess which camp her parents belonged to."
    (Veronica Santangelo's dialogue)
  3. The Courier: "[Confirmed Bachelor] You didn't tell me your name."
    Knight: "Oh - Knight. You must not be from around here. If so... it doesn't do to get too friendly."
    The Courier: "What do you mean?"
    Knight: "This isn't the Republic. Oddly enough, Legion's a little more forgiving about... friendships. Out here, it's not as accepted. Not that I mind being friends, it's just being open about it in the Outpost... well, I have to work here."
    The Courier: "Didn't realize NCR was so spineless."
    Knight: "Now wait a minute - Republic's a sight better than... other alternatives. Women are serving here, after all. The rest... well, might take some time. And they're more accepting back West, like I said. In the meantime..."
    The Courier: "Forget it, then, you're a waste of time."
    Knight: "Wait... wait a minute. Look. Some things in the NCR are... aren't ideal. But I want to help. If you need something repaired... let me know, I can sign the work order. As long as caps change hands, I can put them back in yours."
    The Courier: "So is that a "no," you don't want to be friends, or..."
    Knight: "I... would, perhaps some other time. When my orders take me to Vegas, perhaps. Wish things were different, but might take some time. If you need something repaired... let me know, I can sign the work order. As long as caps change hands, I can put them back in yours."
    (Knight's dialogue (Fallout: New Vegas))
  4. The Courier: "I hear you were a slave of Caesar's Legion."
    Jimmy: "What Marco said is true. The Legion attacked my village when I was 16. My parents were killed as examples. The rest of us, chained and dragged to some kind of camp. A Centurion there chose me as his tent servant. He was handsome, and gentle, most of the time. Said it was our secret, and he'd protect me. Gave me little gifts, stupid things. But Caesar punishes homosexuality with death, and we nearly got caught, and there were suspicions. So when he took me out into the desert... Well, I knew he was going to get rid of me. So I kicked him where it counts and I ran. And then swam. And ran some more. Wound up here."
    (Jimmy's dialogue (Fallout: New Vegas))
  5. The Courier: "[Confirmed Bachelor] As long as we keep it on that level."
    Rose of Sharon Cassidy: "What? Oh. All right. Guess you've got a Legion outlook on things. No problems here, there's a lot more of that in the Mojave than you see."
    (Rose of Sharon Cassidy's dialogue)
  6. The Courier: "Any thoughts about Caesar's Legion?"
    Veronica Santangelo: "Silliest dressed band of raping, slaving marauders you'll see east of California, I'll say that. Where's that touch of Old World class? Although I hear the soldiers mount each other as much as they mount their women, so maybe they did keep a little something from the Empire. No such privilege for the women, though. Figures. So... to answer your question... they're a bunch of hypocritical jerkwads. It's a word."
    (Veronica Santangelo's dialogue)
  7. John Bishop: "{705}{}{Not exactly... (Smiles.) What I got is an OFFER: How about becoming part of the Family? I got big plans, and I could use you: you're resourceful, tough, and you get things DONE. That's the kind of soldier I need.}"
    The Chosen One: "{706}{}{I'm interested. What's in it for me?}"
    John Bishop: "{725}{}{All right then, bottom line: }"
    John Bishop: "{726}{}{You got a taste for women? I can make sure you're NEVER lonely again. Maybe you don't like the bitches, that's fine, I'll get you some glitterboys you can park your meat in.}"
    John Bishop: "{727}{}{You got any young stud you fancy? I'll set you up with all the pretty boys you want. Or maybe you swing the other way, eh? I'll make sure you have a partner for every day of the week.}"
    The Chosen One: "{728}{}{Keep talking.}"
    John Bishop: "{735}{}{You like to fly, get high, wire up? I can get you all of that. You want weapons, new hardware, a better piece of iron to plug some schlep with? All that bullshit…yours. IF… (Raises a finger.) IF you join the family.}"
    (NcBishop.msg)