I agree that both including sex as a theme and "boobs"/the male counterpart (well the visual representation of sexualization) can add to a setting.
I don't understand why it was largely omitted (there is one guy in the Order of Truth and and some of the new descriptions that were added for high lore are the exception to this, and maybe if you stretch the term very far the mechanical construct where you in a weird way play the part of a sexual partner). Reproduction could have been an interesting theme for the castoff, as he isn't able to reproduce, but could still be the center of attention for some that do, it would be interesting to see what castoffs do
to feel close to others, to replace that human need etc. Also it would have been interesting to explore how sexuality is viewed, practiced, institutionalized (this includes prostitution), how Numenera or the tides play a role in all that, how synthetic life plays a role in this etc.
At the same time there are other themes that aren't explored a lot that play a big role in our everyday life. Where do people go to the toilet, where and what do they eat? How is sleep different from today? Is there really no education system for children, etc. etc. If it were just about "realism", then I guess there would be more themes that would have to be explored (and actually only very rarely are in games, movies, etc). But I am not sure the rulebooks include such themes and I am not sure if the devs had the freedom to define broad themes that may not be defined by the pnp-rulebook but could have become canon through the game. So like some of the people before me I think this isn't a discussion about realism, it is a discussion that stems from the fact that we like to have sex as a theme included in games.
But waltc said it already:
waltc wrote: ↑
March 25th, 2017, 2:17 pm
I must say that out of all the things I've thought about with this game, the absence of hookers and whores and is not one of them...
In fact, until I saw this thread I had never even thought about it.
And I think in a way it is actually an accomplishment if someone does manage to make a world like it has been created here WITHOUT including sexuality as a major theme. I mean a lot of things in our society are highly sexualized, because we are still very much driven by this instinct. It is like "lord of the rings", how could Tolkien write such a compelling story without including sex as a theme at all? How can you make people interested in a story without using the single most effective sales pitch known to humans? It's hard (no pun intended).