To put it in the simplest possible terms, I believe that Jamie is sexless by magic, genderless by choice. Androgynous in the most essential sense: neither male nor female, not biased toward either (but by the same token, ultimately open to either).
When it comes to Jamie’s gender identity, it is highly preferable to just stop there and accept that “Jamie is Jamie,” as such a highly independent, insistently exceptional would probably want to be perceived.* …But if you really want to get technical about it, to describe the situation by human standards, then I think that’s an option too!
In that case, it needs to be broken down into three main parts: sex, gender, and orientation.
I think most players can easily agree that Jamie has some sort of “connection” to the Harvest Goddess. There are lots of different theories about the details of the relationship, but after much debate the interpretation I’ve finally settled on is that Jamie views Harvest Goddess as a mother, but she’s not Jamie’s mother in a totally traditional sense. Jamie is actually a lot more like…a Harvest Sprite.
Heart to Believe
People forget how to appreciate…
They forgot kind thoughts…
…the heart to believe…
…the heart to love…
…and my existence.
The poignant, melancholy opening to this game. The dramatic explanation for the quest you are about to undertake. …
That’s why love Jamie.
In my personal opinion, Jamie is one of the best things to happen to the Harvest Moon series, as well as one of the most fascinating characters in anything ever.
Fall 17, Year 1
“You should go back to the kitchen where you belong!”
…HahAHAHA, you have no idea how long I’d been dying to make a joke like that from the mouth of gender-oblivious Jamie. Being very blunt and direct in his/her insults, I don’t think the gendered implications of something like that would even occur to Jamie.
However, I’ve always imagined that if Gwen (who views Jamie as a male) were to pull the gender card out first and call ‘him’ a girly man or something, Jamie would be able to shoot back with “I’m not a man. But you’re a girl, and aren’t girls supposed to be a little less obnoxiously violent?”
Fall 20, Year 1
Heh, I was really trying to mirror a canon cutscene here, what with the silly obvious-eavesdropping-gone-unnoticed setup. Also pushing the fourth wall without quite breaking it is the awkwardly-‘translated’ dialogue style comprised of phrases like “this person” and “that person” (to which Jamie the exceptional non-person objects, of course: “hmph! trying to lump with me with the rest of them?”).
Also, as I explain here, I had Jamie address the people not by name but by the names of their Musical Notes, as a mark of impersonality.
Lastly, this line:
“How lucky! The one I left in the oven is just about done!”
Lucky…was not the word I’d use.
Symbolic word choice. Sort of.
“Lucky!” is the word the protagonist uses when finding a Note.*
Jamie doesn’t use that word.
Jamie’s about to get the Limitation Note, but there’s nothing “lucky” about it. It’s everyone else’s fault and all Jamie’s own credit.
I think that traces back to the possibility that the attitude with which Jamie collects Notes affects his/her ability to create a perfect melody.