Suppose a society where men are almost always away from population centres, either working or fighting wars. Women live in town centres. Some women specifically express an interest in nurturing children while others are more interested in town administration, cooking(commercially), factory working, or other localised careers that are commonly held by females.
Men and woman like each other, and like sex and romance, but their cultural paradigm of love operates of the assumption that a relationship is only ever expected to last for a home season. Lifetime relationships are a strange concept, that nobody would specifically idealise.
Each time a town is visited by men, some arbitrary set of women become pregnant. Since desiring man-love and enjoying child-care are completely unrelated concepts, there is absolutely no assumption that a pregnant lady would want to keep her own child and so she is asked without judgement what she wishes. She is also permitted on an institutional level to change her mind for up to three months after child birth, and her baby will be returned to her.
There develops over time a preconception that someone who is not already working in childcare would not want to change career, simply because they became pregnant. There also develops a preconception that women who are homo-sexual, a-sexual or shy or gentle in nature should be encouraged at a young age to think about a child care career, because it is a great way for them to experience non-sexual companionship.
As a result, the gross majority of children are adopted into the care of one or two female parents, along with a dozen adopted siblings.
Do you see any problems or drama with this arrangement?
DO you think that this is better or worse than nuclear/biological parenting?