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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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What security advantages would an all-female bodyguard system offer? [closed]

Long, Long ago in a galaxy far, far away, there 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. ...
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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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What effect would magic have on the gender roles of a medieval world? [closed]

If magic follows the following rules, what would the effect be on the gender roles of a medieval (1200-1300) civilization? All magic requires runes and a verbal activation (saying 'magic words' that ...
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Genderless androids

In a society made up of androids that had been created by humans that can only propagate through manufacture what would be a good reason for gender existing that is not sentimental? Judging from the ...
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How do you make men relevant in a setting where only women can use magic?

The setting is one where only women can use magic. All females can access it as it is naturally inborn. It requires training, some females being stronger than others. Magic takes the form of spells ...
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Gender ratio in a three gender system

I'm creating a human race that has 3 sexes: male, female & hermaphrodite. Is there any biological rules that limits what should be the ratio between sexes or I could just pick whatever works best ...
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How to explain extreme human dimorphism?

Is there any way to explain how did humans in my planet end up with extreme dimorphism without resorting to polygyny nor "magic"? I want men to be around 6ft (183cm) - 230 lb (105kg), while women ...
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How would gender roles play out in an oviparous, sentient race?

Assume we have a sentient race that is both non-dimorphic insofar as males and females have no non-cosmetic secondary sexual traits, simply different reproductive organs and perhaps different cosmetic ...
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What Would Happen If A Bacterium Hijacked Human Gender Determination?

In pillbugs, sex is determined by two chromosomes: Z and W. Individuals who inherit two Zs develop as males, while ZW individuals become female. But in some populations, these rules are ...
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Greatest possible genetic difference between a male and female of the same species?

Nature does some pretty interesting things with gender: This is a female trilobite beetle. Scientists have observed females extensively, yet for decades, scientists could not identify the male ...
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How many years should the transformation from woman to man take?

I'm trying to design human like race where all the children are born as girls, but later in life some of them switch to male, but no sooner then 15. Usually only the most dominant women switch, so in ...
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Can a one gendered species evolve sapience

In a world I am building, I want the primary species to be 100% peaceful. The best way I have thought of for doing this post-sapience is to remove all identifying traits (skin, eye and hair color, ...
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Gender roles for a jungle treehouse culture

For a while now I've gestated this concept for a culture of people who live in a tropical rainforest populated with dinosaurs and other prehistoric reptiles. To protect themselves from the wildlife, ...
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Would humans outcompete sequential hermaphrodites?

I want to have a species based on humans, where everyone is born as female, but switches gender to male later in their life. Assuming that transformation takes 4 years (*) hermaphrodite is born as ...
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How would world with no gender/race differentiation change? [closed]

In a near-future an underground group of a very talented scientists was born. Since our world was on a brink of total collapse due to climate changes, resource shortages, general stupidity of world ...
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How would gender roles differ if men are several times stronger than women? [closed]

How would gender roles differ in a species that is similar to humans in everything (i.e. IQ, gender ratio, etc.), except that instead of being 30%-40% stronger men are 2-3 times stronger than women? ...
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Would society be different if humans used Haplodiploid-like sex-determination system? [closed]

I'm interested what would be the effects on human society if human sex determination system is different, while everything else is the same thus we still have both men and women. In particular what ...
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How could patriarchy/matriarchy develop in a species without sexual dimorphism?

This hypothetical sapient species utterly lacks sexual dimorphism, such as due to being synchronous hermaphrodites (male and female at the same time), sequential hermaphrodites (change sex depending ...
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Is a civilization of species that are predominantly females possible?

There is a tribal sentient species living in a forest (somewhat similar to Avatar one, with giant trees). I'm not gonna go into too much detail about them (if it will be required, I'll edit this ...
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Society structure/ gender roles where biological sex consists of dominant and recessive alleles [closed]

Similar to this question with some very key differences. In this human civilisation sex 1 (s1, represented by 'X') is a dominant allele and sex 2 (s2, represented by 'x') is recessive. There are ...