World of Wu-Yu
Sex and Gender
Females can be found following any profession and way of life in Wu-Yu, from farmer to warrior. However, there is still significant sexism to be overcome. Female warriors, intellectuals, merchants, and politicians are poorly regarded, and must fight their way to the top. On the other hand, the realms of religion and magic know no such prejudice. Women are considered to excel in these pursuits.
Sexual orientation also may involve considerable adversity. Homosexuals are generally tolerated, yet feared and sometimes even despised. Rare varieties of Wu-Yun idolize homosexuals, transvestites, and hermaphrodites. Shamans from some tribes traditionally take up the clothes of the opposite sex, in order to emphasize their completely new life. Finally, Gnomes from the Plateau of Trulkor have a funereal custom of dressing their dead in the garb of the opposite sex as a preparation for reincarnation, because it is believed that each reincarnation alternates sexes.
Eunuchs are relatively common in Wu-Yu, often serving as bureaucrats, officials, and servants. Eunuchs are at times favored for high positions because their inability to produce offspring means they are unlikely to attempt to turn their position into a hereditary legacy.