Rules of Fiction 1: Suspension of Disbelief
The other day, and a colleague on the wiki got into a heated argument about genders in the Lookout Universe. We never exactly ended the argument, it kinda just faded out and away. However this argument was brought up again when I was talking about how the gender categories are important, in which I went on how it's literally impossible as it'd go against biological evolution as genders are necessary for reproduction, and having to have 50,000 person orgy in order to produce one child is extremely ineffecient and would kill off the race involved faster than make it grow. way faster than make it grow. In fact if you think about it long enough, the race wouldn't even exist because the death to birth rate ratio would be so off balance that it'd literally be 50,000:1 Your supposed race of 50,000 genders would be dead before it could even make up that that loss with births. Reporduction in Biology is meant to be efficient in order to ensure survival of the race involved. That's why there are only 3 types known of, Females, Males, and Asexuals. Our race is so effecient as to only have 2 genders, while some species, mainly micro-organisms, are effecient enough to only have one. Why any race would go beyond these would be shocking, as going beyond this would literally be less effecient than 1 or 2.
Now the two who argued with me on this stated that they can do this because "Fiction." The problem is, "Fiction" is not and never will be nor by definition is an all powerful, magical writing tool that allows you to just explain everything away as "Fiction". "This is as bad as saying this person can do this cuz "Magic"". No, this is bad bad bad bad bad, very bad, writing. You're either just terrible at it or you barely entered grade school, in which case I hope it's the latter as even you entry level middle schooler should be smart enough to understand this.
Anyway, one of the biggest, most important rules in fiction is to make the reader, viewer, or in this case RPer, as believable as possible. This is called suspension of disbelief, and is there to keep to person experiencing this world immersed. This means you are limited in what you can exaggerate, and is why magic tend to be the only thing fiction actually goes for in terms of great exaggeration. Magic can take many forms, and thus can be explained in any way, making it easy to tackle. However, in the case of the argument I had, this was dealing with something far more serious. Science. See, science is a tricky thing in fiction. While you can ignore most of the physical laws, getting into thick of things like biology or trying to explain how these laws are affected is where things get tricky. See, the problem with stating something like there being 50,000 genders is that you have to explain how each and every single one works in order to retain one's suspension of disbelief. By stating this and just telling them to accept it, you've effectively broken that and ruined your story, forever. It'll be an unending eternal pile of shit that you should forever be ashamed of for being so fucking stupid about it. Anywho, not only do you have to explain each of this genders, you have to form believable logic behind this statement, which as I have already proven above, is impossible.
I wish I had more to say on this, but am having trouble thinking of anything more right now, I will come back to this later if anymore comes to mind.