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How would school uniforms be designed? [closed]

In my fantasy world, there are academies where young people are taught the ways of magic, the first one during the early-late medieval period. Due to some of its origin, this one is also the first to ...
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What would be the differences between our society and one where almost everyone is half-sisters? [closed]

Imagine a medieval society composed entirely of women, with some small number of machines (let's say 7) which can take material from two women and combines it to create an embryo that's implanted in ...
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How to design a realistic school with coed rooms?

I am trying to design a "progressive", every high schooler's dream high school/boarding school where grades 9-12 attend (but could make it just the more senior years if that would work ...
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How would a gender non-conforming woman present in a society where clothing is largely unisex? [closed]

I have a character who's biologically female and identifies as such but I imagine her as quite masculine as well. Apart from having short hair and maybe binding her breasts, what else could signify ...
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Explain the concept of "two haploid eggs fusing to produce a single diploid embryo"

So I'm creating a society that is hermaphroditic (specifically what I really want is a society where there's only one gender and both sexual partners experience pregnancy) so I've been doing research ...
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Single-sex species that has specific culture roles for different body types? [closed]

Basically what the title question says. I want there to at least be three socially constructed genders, each with their own expectations of how they should act and dress. I want the species to have a ...
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How long should an egg-laying species of human size and intelligence gestate and incubate its eggs?

In my fantasy world I have a species of reptilian humanoids. Their body mass, lifespan and overall intelligence is about the same as humans. This probably means similarly sized brains. They are NOT ...
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Can gender identity exist in a world without gender roles? [closed]

Before I offend everyone let me clarify that I mean no harm, I'm just ignorant. I never figured out what gender identity is since mostly only rainbow people talk about it and I always identified as ...
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Is there a culture where traditionally women fish? [closed]

I guess as far as the social aspects of worldbuilding are concerned, pretty much anything goes but I'd still like to incorporate elements that aren't far-fetched in terms of real-world applicability. ...
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How could gender on 1st person pronouns come into existence?

How could gender on 1st person pronouns come into existence? I've been working on a language where every noun is required to state what gender it is. The 5 genders male, female, real, not-real/unknown,...
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gender studies for the genderless [closed]

Let's say in the distant future humans and aliens are going to school together, at least at a college level. If some of these aliens didn't have gender as we understand it, what questions might they ...
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How would super strength affect fighting styles for women? [closed]

Because of sexual dimorphism, women in general are about 15% smaller than men on average. This in turn results in shorter reach and less mass to throw around as per the square-cube law. As a result, ...
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What feminine products will become commonplace for men in the future? [closed]

I think it is totally unfair that there are clothes and products for men and women. I believe it is possible to create feminine products for guys and many brands will create in the future. Exemples: ...
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Is there a real-life intersex condition that leads to functioning ovaries but with some male secondary sex characteristics?

One of the main characters in my story has an intersex mother (dead by the time of the plot). She was assigned male at birth due to her prominent penis that led a physician to conclude that she may ...
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What would the effect of having effective birth control have on European medieval/renaissance marriage? [closed]

I'm writing about a world where there is magic and one of the basic uses is as birth control, it is relatively cheap to obtain. I want to know the effect birth control would have on the concept of ...
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What would happen to transgender culture/identity if sex were trivially chanageable? [closed]

This is a specific followup to the question 'How would society be different in a world where sex/gender is trivially changable?': in a future (Human, earth) society where (like in the Culture novels), ...
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Is there any function in society that requires male strength?

This came out of a discussion of an all female colony world, but I'm interested in the more general version of this question. Is there any function in society that requires male levels of strength in ...
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Decimating humanity though no daughters gene - when and where to introduce it?

At one point in the past, a man had a mutation on his Y chromosome. Anyone with the mutation would only produce Y sperm, and only have sons. My plan is to have this have a big impact that threatens to ...
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What would a matriarchal intelligent species look like?

I have a species of early primates (lemur-like but not lemurs) developing into an intelligent species like humans (and yes, there is some influence from an intelligent species, it's not 100% natural ...
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How can I identify potential mates (sex organs) without gender?

On this planet there is a species similar to humans with two sexes having differing reproductive organs. The concept of gender is non-existent on this planet. I'm not writing this for any political ...
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Could an all-male society exist?

I'd like to create a sci-fi story with a country or planet where only men are allowed to live and they use in vitro gametogenesis and ectogenesis (artificial womb) to have children without any woman. ...
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What kind of environment would favor hermaphroditism in a sentient species over regular, old sexes?

I'm trying to create alien species that is hermaphroditic, with strong sexual conflict. In essence each being tries to trick or force (by mechanical or hormonal means) its partner to take role of ...
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How to separate male and female members of a "lizard like" species

The Gaals are a satient humanoid race, of magic origin. They were created by the last of the dragons as a legacy of his race to the world. They are humanoid, but with no hair and scales all over their ...
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How could I justify an all-female bodyguard force for protection and defense? [closed]

There once existed a superpower that was made up of seven tribes. This nation was led by a king who was selected from one of these tribes by through ritual combat. Potential heirs would meet in a king-...
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How to achieve physical gender equality? [closed]

Now, I am constructing a human-like civilization that has more advanced technology than our own. They share genes through sexual reproduction. I hope in this world, there will be fewer rapes caused ...
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How can genetic enchancements allow male and female sports leagues to intertwine with each other?

The human race is divided into two variants: male and female. The former is generally more dominant physically due to its size, making them bigger, stronger, and faster. They are predisposed to being ...
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Can a genderless race have sex?

In my world, I created a race that doens't reproduce sexually. They have offspring through the combination of their blood, just blood, from a wound, and a special natural place that must be found in ...
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Is simultaneous hermaphrodite species stable?

I'm writing a story set in the after the end world scenario. The very few humans who survived the apocalypse in the facilities deep underground, decided that human race is too self-destructive and ...
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Would having ZW sex-determination system have any drastic effects on humans?

I'm trying to make a world where my "humans" have ZW sex-determination system that means sex is determined in the ovum instead of the sperm. Could I just easily hand-wave everything else as being the ...
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What would society be like if sex couldn't be told apart until puberty?

Gender roles have been historically assigned at birth. As soon as parents establish the sex of their children, they are molded into certain social categories. But what if humans didn't display sexual ...
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Why would female superheroes wear tight, revealing costumes?

So, as you know, superheroes and heroines have been popular for many decades. All superheroes wear some form of colorful spandex, but it seems like female superhero costumes are a little more…...
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Evolutionary advantage of a sex ratio skewed towards the female end in humanoids? [closed]

I had an idea for a humanoid species that has a significant number more female births than male births, how would this trait have provided enough of an advantage to allow the species to survive to ...
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Plausible cause of a family only giving birth to females?

I had an idea about a lineage supposedly cursed so that the women only give birth to more women, but I'm thinking that some outside force purposefully mutated/altered their DNA to cause the effect ...
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How, if at all, would gender dynamics change if women became just as strong as men? [closed]

I'm doing a story about a modern-day world where everyone over the age of 13 has supernatural powers. An unknown entity suddenly granted humanity this ability out of nowhere and without warning or ...
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Ratio of LGBTQ Individuals? [closed]

I had an idea involving a society where LGBTQ individuals are more accepted than in our own world, but I need advice on the population ratios. I heard somewhere that somewhere around 90% of people ...
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Evolutionary Advantage to An All-Female Race? [closed]

In some fantasy works there are races, like some interpretations of harpies and mermaids, among others, that are all female, and need to seek out other races, like humans, to reproduce, the daughters ...
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How Could I accommodate Gender Fluid Players In My Game [closed]

I'm world building for a fantasy MMORPG and I really want to have a safe and acceptable environment for all possible players. Of course I am going to be realistic and have prejudice in game, it wouldn'...
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What Would Be Needed To Produce Human Hermaphrodites?

What kind of mutations would be necessary to cause humans to start producing fertile hermaphrodites?
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How to differentiate, male and female names of an alien? [closed]

I am working on a story. I just want to know, is there any easy way to make readers differentiate male and female (alien) characters by reading their names. According to my story those aliens are ...
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All male politicians dead [closed]

All the male politicians have died in their sleep within a 24 hour period. Assuming no male will enter politics again, what will be the implications of this in different countries around the world ...
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Human reaction to this type of reproduction [closed]

So humans and these aliens will be interacting in this story and reproduction will be one of the clashing differences they have, so my question is how would western human society react to this form of ...
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what incentives would there be to have a boy in a culture that favours girls? [closed]

In this country, Matrilineal inheritance of titles and property are the norm. Magic in this world allows an individual to determine the sex of their child while it is still developing. There are a ...
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What could cause a serious social gender divide in a dystopian society? [closed]

For details: Gender, not sex. As in the socially constructed binary, not genitals I need something that will create a divide to essentially drive the youth of a gender to want to secede from society (...
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Country where men are better looking then women [closed]

For storytelling purposes I need an plausible explanation why men are considered more beautiful than women in a country in the world I am building. So far in every country I have visited in my life ...
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Rapid healing and its impact on gender transition

Imagine a character with a healing ability similar to Wolverine or Deadpool (as in able to recover from most injuries in minutes). The ability is always "on," and works like a sped-up version of the ...
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Can there be a country that favors girl babies?

All of the countries having highly skewed sex ratio are skewed towards a preference for male children. Some of the worst examples are China, due to one child policy and expectations that sons would ...
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How can magic wielding nuns be used effectively in war? [closed]

In this world, magic is slow and intensive, often using multiple components. It requires intense focus, and spells and rituals can take hours to prepare. Nevertheless, it can be very powerful, and ...
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What traits or behaviors would favor female warriors over males?

In human cultures around the world, most wars are fought by men. There are many theories as to why this is the case, first and foremost that females are simply less expendable than men when it comes ...
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How would a huge sexual dimorphism and a short male lifetime of sapient celaphopods affect their society? [closed]

Related to the question: How could a climate-protection organization breed sapient, tool-developing cooperating Cephalopoda? After breeding several lines of the Larger Pacific Striped Octopus (...
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How would a military staffed only with women be different?

Assume that in a world with current levels of technology much like our own, a developed country with at least tens of millions of people and more than a city-state sized territory, decided that all ...
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