Sims 4 Update Removes Gender Restrictions

By Ashley R. Lierman

A new update to the popular Sims 4 will remove gender restrictions from character options, letting players fully customize their characters’ genders, clothing, and option to whatever they choose. The move came as a result of lengthy consultation with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), reports:

Electronic Arts said in a statement that it wanted to “make sure players can create characters they can identify with or relate to through powerful tools that give them influence over a Sims’ gender, age, ethnicity, body type and more.”

Players will have the ability to put any clothes, hairstyles, or accessories on their Sim–that means female-bodied Sims can wear suits and short hair, and male-bodied Sims can put on jewelry or high heels. And they can be as fluid as the player wants, too–the gender can be changed at any point in the game.

A tweet has also circulated with an image showing the actual customization options, which have been praised as showing careful thought about different aspects of gender expression:

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While the change may be small, it may mean a great deal for making many players feel more welcome.


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