Questions tagged [gender]

For questions about the social identification of individuals toward masculinity, femininity or else.

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 the world be like if humanity always valued gender equality? [closed]

Prehistoric folk were pretty keen on gender equality - after all, women could pick fruit just as well as men. Even in the palaeolithic, they worshipped a mother goddess. It is only later, during ...
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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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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 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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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'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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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 ...