To the Mods, this thread is partly serious, but mostly in jest. I do genuinely want to discuss this.
To everyone else, let’s keep this civil. It took me 15 minutes to write this, I don’t want it to go to waste. :)
I just wanted to make this post to hopefully garner some discussion and clear up some issues that it seems some people are having regarding lore elements of Borderlands 3. This is mainly going to tackle the reasons behind the sexual smorgasburg of the Borderlands universe, but should also address some other concerns as well. Also, this based solely on info presented in game.
So, starting with Borderlands 1, we were told that the origin of civilization on Pandora was due to Dahl’s mining operations on the planet. They hired scientists to search for alien tech, and used prison labor for mining operations and security (remember, Baron Flynt was in charge of the prisoners before he became a bandit king). Once Dahl lost hope in finding a vault, they abandoned the planet and left everyone, including the scientists, behind.
An important consideration here is that there weren’t many female NPCs that we could interact with in BL1. Firestone was only Zed, Shep was the only person in the Outskirts of Firestone, and every NPC except for Pierce and Tannis were men. Even the majority of the mission givers were men. Some of the Dahl scientists, like Tannis, were women. Notice how we don’t see them anywhere . Wonder what happened to them…(aside from the one that got eaten by a skag)
So originally, Pandora was a giant sausage fest full of murderous scumbugs and some nerds with no experience in the harsh Pandoran wilderness. Few if any people came to the planet with a family, and if they did they were either trying their damndest to get off of it or died.
Borderlands 2 changed this dynamic quite a bit by introducing far more women and families via the “my ship crashed here” mechanic. Because no sane women would willingly put herself on a planet full of murdering ■■■■-oholics (just look at the claptrap rescue in Old Haven for evidence that bandits would ■■■■ ANYTHING)(and I know that’s a fallacy, sue me) and no parents would bring their child to a planet that would kill them within 5 minutes, the only way to introduce this element into the story was to literally force them in.
Sure, some of the people who crash landed were petty criminals (or not so petty criminals), but the fact that even 1 iota of the people on Pandora were not criminals made a massive difference. Stories like Jack spooning a guy’s eyes out his socket in front of his kids shouldn’t be possible on Pandora because kids SHOULDN’T BE THERE unless their parents don’t value their lives at all. There is no reason to even attempt to colonize the planet because there is nothing of value there if you aren’t a corporation or vault hunter.
I bring this up because sexuality in the Borderlands universe is so far removed from what we perceive it to be that we can’t begin to really apply any of our “common sense” to it. On Pandora, common sense would dictate that any sapien with a vagina or child flee the planet as quickly as possible, because being surrounded by violent criminals would not be conducive to their health. Common health would dictate that families leave dangerous situations, not double down in them. It would also imply that there would be some value to settling down and Pandora and raising families there. I think we can all look at Pandora and see that there is nothing worth keeping a family there for.
With no need to sustain a society, and arguably incentives against it with the bandits running around, why would the citizens of Pandora follow our norms? We can safely say that, according to the info presented to us in the games, most settlements are small (even Sanctuary was only a few hundred people assuming that there were a bunch of people packed into those buildings) and poor. Doctors seems to be in short supply, and most probably don’t have medical licenses or access to sanitary materials. I don’t want to think about STDs on Pandora: so many people must’ve caught the Clap (ZING!).
TL:DR - Pandora is hella dangerous for women and kids, there is no reason anyone would want to keep their family there, and medical care is definitely not the best. So we shouldn’t expect our heteronormative thingamajigs to make sense on Pandora. Most people may be straight in our world, but there is thankfully no place in our world that is as messed up as Pandora, so we can’t really imagine what society and sex would be like if we were constantly on the edge like Pandorans are.