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A little bit more on my take of Kaine
This is going to be me reading way too much into things but, here. First of all I’m cis-gendered so if anyone want to tell me where I misunderstood something, let me know! :D
More so than anything, I thought the extra passage was very well done. In a way I’m glad that the intersex element didn’t came out until later, as it is something to first force the players to accept that Kaine is a hugely damaged character who really do have a kind, good nature, then make it clear that she was this way largely because of how horribly she was treated for something that was not her fault, then it was made (somewhat) clear that in an intolerant society, how someone who was a relatively timid individual could be forced into such a state due to the abuse they suffered along the way.
I think most people I know who play and loved NieR are the ones who already went past the stage of “ewww chick has a dick eww”. I’m kinda scared to Google because I know the gamer culture too damn well, (hint, stay away from the Kotaku article. Really. Stay away.), but if this order of telling the story could make someone who didn’t really thought about the struggles non-binaries suffer, I think it’s a good start.
I do have my comments section opened. I’m especially interested in the trans and intersex individuals’s comment. How do you feel about how Kaine was handled as far as opening this to people less attuned to sexual/gender identity? Do you think it was good or done poorly?
(PS: I don’t know why people kept on using the word “hermaphrodite”. As far as I’m aware of it was not used in the game, and IDK, not exactly a good choice of word in comparison of “intersex” IMO. Or is it reclaimed when I was asleep? XD)
So…is Kaine a hermaphrodite or not?
I thought maybe it was misconstrued due to the fact that it appeared as if a male demon was possessing her…but the extra prologue about her made it seem as if there was something more to her before the demon possession…
I guess it doesn’t really matter what her gender is. She’s still one of my favorite characters ever. ^_^
Reblog rather than reply because I feel that this deserves a reblog.
I think Cavia have heavily hinted that Kaine is intersex. It was never explicitly stated out, but her memory with her grandma was that part that tipped it off that she was born unusual and was heavily hated by her village for it. The line “what cha trying to do acting like a girl, we all know who you really are”. Same scene, Kaine also mentioned that it’s something about her body being “not normal”, and implied that her parents were murdered because of it.
The possession happened long after that consider that her grandma died at when it happened.
I think at some stage the makers confirmed that she was intersex physically, but I can’t find the articles supporting that. From what I can gather though, Kaine identifies as female.