When it comes to sci-fi/fantasy, what exactly is the morality involved in having one character fall in love with a character of another species? For instance, the old Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons (and the comic based on it) had as Sonic’s main love interest the ground squirrel Sally. I think this is morally problematic, though I suppose since the idea of such creatures is fiction then the author has the right to make up his own “rules” to some extent. (Worth noting: the Sonic GAMES have never had an actual inter-species romance.)
I originally thought of this question regarding cartoons, video games, etc. featuring anthropomorphic animals, but I think it could also apply to sci-fi that includes not-quite-human aliens (Star Trek being the best example).
On second thought… Is this maybe a little too esoteric to post here? I’m guessing that a large number of people will not know/care what I’m talking about. :shrug: Oh, well. If you’re not interested, bail out now–I go on like this for another couple paragraphs (Sorry! ).
I notice that in most of these scenarios, the inter-species couples rarely have children. Nearly anytime you meet someone’s parents, they’re both the same species. On the other hand, when you do see an inter-species couple with kids, sometimes you end up with hybrids (Mr. Spock and a laundry list of Star Trek characters, as well as Donkey and Dragon in the Shrek movies). Other times you get kids that inhert their species from one parent like any other single trait, not unlike hair or eye color (The Sonic Comic for example…again)
The latter case makes me think that in these cases you can lump all anthropomorphs together as one species. More like zoomorphic humans (humans with animal features) than anthropomorphic animals (animals with human features). And while I’ve seen human-alien pairs, I’ve never seen a human-anthro mix.