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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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Preventing post-apocalyptic society from becoming misogynistic

The apocalypse has happened, but humanity survives. People still remember the technology they had, but too many of the people who really understood how it worked and how to make it have died, leading ...
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How to handle a tri-gendered race

I'm working on a story set in a world with a tri-gendered race of intelligent creatures, the protagonists in the story. I want to be able to explicitly describe sexual intercourse among other things. ...
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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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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 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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Evolution of a non-human species with no concept of gender?

In the world I'm building, there's a non-human race that I want to have no concept of gender. Their language doesn't contain gendered words like "man" or "woman," and sexual attraction is not based on ...
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Incorporating Women into a Fantasy World Army?

I have a fantasy world with roughly medieval technology (swords, crossbows, and chain mail for instance), and I have an egalitarian country with an army that's somewhere from 10 to 40% women (it ...
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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 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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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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What's a plausible way for a three biological sexes setup to develop for a dominant intelligent species?

It's easy enough to figure out how a species might evolve a third biological gender in general (e.g. some sort of asexual drones/workers, ala insects). But what I want to build is a system where the ...
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How would gender roles be affected by a society where parents could control the sex of their child

Imagine a species almost identical to humans, with one exception. All sperm contained both X and Y chromosome, and every child has the potential to develop as either sex. However, the mother has ...
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Mating Habits and Social Structures of a Three Gender Species

The species here has three possible genders, "A", "B" and "C" (for simplicity's sake). Each of the three genders can mate with another gender, producing the third gender. In other words, A and B ...
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Looking at unconventional (by Western Standards) partnerships/marriages

Clarified and narrowed down as requested! The following guidelines have already been established for the world. These are presented so you get an idea of the people we are dealing with: 1. The ...
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How would the presence of dragons in an army influence the standards for manliness?

Imagine a medieval society in which dragons are domesticated for military use. When they are young and still able to fly, they're ridden into combat. Very few make it to an old age, but those who do ...
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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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What would do more to advance the status of women?

Suppose you were an "enlightened" (male) monarch in a very backward, "traditional," unequal society. You want to lift women out of subservience in your society. You can do this one in one of two ways (...
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When Do We Get Co-ed Showers? [closed]

There are many sci-fi stories that feature this: a shower or locker room occupied by both men and women, in various states of indecency. I'm sure it all began when someone wanted more nudity in their ...
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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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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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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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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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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 would society be like if the human sex ratio was 3:1 of males:females?

In humans, males and females have a (theoretical - in practice there are more women) sex distribution of 50:50 in any given population (which is large enough to account for the law of large numbers) ...
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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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Deity generation through the ages

In a thing I'm writing, the plot revolves around 'shards' fragments of a divine power that attach themselves to a rare few humans at birth- one in some many million. When that human hits a massive ...
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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 would society be different in a world where sex/gender is trivially changable?

Similar to this question, but with major differences. The set-up is that past-humans implemented, through biological engineering, the ability to switch between male and female in everybody. However, ...
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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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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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Gender equality in a fictional world

Most developed country have made great progress toward a better equality between men and women even if it's not yet perfect. Throughout history, some societies where more equal than others and some ...
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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 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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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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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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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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What gender specific terminology should one use when talking about fantasy species?

A world that I work on has a number of different traditional fantasy species (or races) and we're getting a bit stuck with gender terminology for females. I've searched high and low on the web for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 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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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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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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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 ...