CW: discussions of gender, identity, performance and sex
so this has always been a contentious discussion, but BotW has some pretty interesting implications for the gorons and gender! let's try to keep the politics and discussion of real life stuff mostly out of the topic, yeah? this is about a fun video game
gerudo town does not accept voe (men) into their town.
yet the goron's are all male, they call each other brother, they certainly all identify as men. we have never seen a "female" goron, but they are welcome in gerudo town?
what does this say about the gorons, what does this say about the gerudo? do the gerudo define gender along on a basis of sex and not identity? i am willing to posit that the gorons do not have a sex, but all (so far) identify as men, which makes the gerudo more accepting of them. but in a weird, kinda concession that they care more about people's biology than their identity it seems.
Pretty much every society ever for the past.... well, ever... has defined male and female by their sex. Maybe if a bunch of outsiders started telling the Gerudo that they identify as female, well, the Gerudo still wouldn't care because it's just foreign voe trying to get into their town.
There's exactly one male Gerudo born every hundred years and being male makes them a king-revered-like-a-god by birthright. So you either have the lone male Gerudo saying "I'm not the king-you-should-revere-like-a-god!" or however many other Gerudo saying "I'm the king-you should-revere-like-a-god!"
Without injecting real world social issues into Hyrule just because, how would you expect the Gerudo to start caring more about what sex someone tells them they are vs what they physically are?
it is still a much bigger issue/mystery how the Gerudos as a race can exist when they only reproduce females (aside from that leader that is born every hundred year). The Gerudos shouldn't even exist, so looking at it from that angle I wouldn't be surprised if Gorons just shit out eggs randomly every now and then without any sexual activity with females. That sounds more reasonable than the issue with the Gerudos. It would be one thing if the Gerudos was a bunch of Hylian hardcore feminist women, but they are an entire race of their own, which is f**king stupid and just goes to show how little love Nintendo gives Zelda as a series in terms of believable lore and worldbuilding.
What do you want, super-advanced-medieval Hard-Science-Fiction where Nintendo outlines the specifics of how sex works in the next Zelda game?
Well, only because a franchise is in the fantasy-category I will not accept anything with the excuse that "it is a fantasy". With fantasies I really appreciate some kind of logic within a framework of some kind... but still more generous since it is fantasy. I am open for different lifeforms out there in the multiverse (yes I rather believe in a multiverse than just the universe) so I have not so much problems with weird and different lifeforms... but lifeforms which is the same as us (biological-based humanoids with almost the same traits, features and functions as us) it indeed bothers me somewhat when it just goes against common sense. I have less problems if the Gerudos would be a completely other species (like Gorons) and you could come up with whatever... but the Gerudos looks like humans and therefore I am going to think of them as humans.
Even if the genes "just" would be super-dominant, it would still be completely drowned by other genes after some thousands of years of incessant breeding outside the group, but whatever. And sure, I could accept some kind of magical ingredient in the Gerudo genes that keeps them look and behave like they do... magic is a thing in the Zelda series after all, but to me it just feels a bit cheap and an easy way out. It doesn't bother me at all that only females are born... just how they reproduce and yet keeps their traits and features to 100 %... even after thousands of years of breeding outside of their very distinctive/unique group. But sure, some magic property in their genes... I could buy I guess, even though I am not a big fan of it.
[Stolen from some other game that doesn't care about world-building.]