Pro-Diversity in Sims 4

Double Jump Kris MiiThe Sims franchise has always been a favorite of Rachel’s and mine ever since an old coworker years ago had let me borrow her collection of Sims 2 games and expansion packs to try it out for myself. Since then, we had been hooked.
Now the Sims 4 have been creating more and more customization and expansions, and I believe this latest update is one of my favorites…
Way back in February, Rachel and I did a post detailing our first impressions of the Sims 4 games by Maxis. While Rachel really enjoys the game, I wasn’t as enamored with it as I was with Sims 3 for a variety of reasons. With the new update that was released just a few days ago, my respect for the franchise has grown.
This update unlocks all of the gender restrictions in the Create-A-Sim mode.
That means every female hair style can be placed on male sims, the male voices can be used for a female sim, every type of clothing, walking style, and physique is shared between the two genders. It’s a fantastic step forward in not only customization but also representation. Considering my country at the moment is arguing over who can pee in which restroom, I’m all for it.
If anyone has glanced at my personal blog, usually used for writing and reading, they would know that I’m a fan of We Need Diverse Books, a campaign dedicated to promoting diversity (ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) in books. Considering how influential books are to the masses (seriously, how many movies nowadays had started out as books?), having a wider range of representation of people is needed.
Diversity is needed in other forms of media as well, like movies and video games. People, especially the younger generations of the world, now more than ever are coming out with their gender and sexual identities, and the world needs to hear. Hindering representation and those who identify as anything other than “the norm” is only going to hurt the future.
There is nothing wrong with gender not being as black and white as it was before, and I’m glad that a huge franchise like the Sims can support that.

Readers Comments (3)

  1. it was really great that EA decided to add that feature in. it took them a while to even decide to, but better late than never right?
    the whole gender feminine/masculine concept was confusing at first, but overall I got the idea of it. I do get annoyed when I’m changing clothing and there’s a filter already in the clothing called masculine. I have to manually remove it to get to the clothing I want. usually I’m just looking for some short shorts or a cute pair of fitted collared shirts for my guy to wear.

    • Better late than never indeed! Especially at such a crucial time, in my opinion. I’ve definitely used mods before to get some “masculine” clothes for my female sims and vice versa as well. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  2. This is great to hear, especially in an age where character customization is prevalent. While I am not too familiar with The Sims past its first installment, I recognize the big picture that a move like this represents. Hopefully, this will follow suit for all kinds of games with customization, especially for younger kids and teenagers who are living in a world where they just need to understand that who they are is okay. Thank you for sharing this!

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