Questions tagged [social-norms]

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AGII Virus broke out, how does world surrive?

I am planning to start a post apocalypse centered web comic, however apocalypse is more social in nature, i.e no zombies or nukes for you. In near future AGII (Acute Gerontophobia Inducing Infection, ...
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Linguistics in a society with contrapositive thermodynamic philosophy

Our philosophy is based on the concept of energy as a positive, because we generally live on a planet in a low energy state which does work via fuel. As such, we don’t really have articulate language ...
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Societal implications of a portion of the population possessing immortality?

Background Info: All human beings possess magic in some way, shape, or form. This magic can express itself in a variety of ways, which is where the different types of magic-users come into play (...
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Books about Insults Across Cultures

I am trying to come up with insults and swears for some fictional races. Their cultures pretty well mapped out, but I am still having some trouble. I figured the best source of inspiration would be to ...
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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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Alternatives to a modern world that uses unemployed as a resource [closed]

In a human, modern, developed, technological world, the benefits of modernism begin to deliver bad results. It takes a huge force to concentrate in large cities, housing is unaffordable, jobs have ...
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What work is there to do in the sky?

So, it's the future and society has long since became divided upon distinct lines of rich and poor. The rich upper-class living a life of luxury and the poor lower-classes living each day at a time, ...
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Why do the rich want to live on the ground?

So, it's the future and society has long since became divided upon distinct lines of rich and poor. The rich upper-class living a life of luxury and the poor lower-classes living each day at a time, ...
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What's the best way to store genetic material in a dystopian environment?

In this setting, the family unit is based around a clan system. An individual's wealth and status is related to the clan they are born in, and its ancestry is based on matrilineal lines. Due to ...
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How can society based on strict gender roles be “fair and balanced”?

House Kardashian is a large clan in westeros that is made up of different clans, each further broken down into different families. Members of this house have genes which allows them to access Mana ...
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What role can lineage play when males have no legitimate heirs?

House Kardashian is a large clan in westeros that is made up of different clans, each further broken down into different families. Members of this house have genes which allows them to access Mana ...
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Rite of Winter: How to Stop Crescian Couples from Mutual Assassination

Crescian Society In the Crescian society, on alternate Earth, the nobles take to settling disputes with mutual assassination. The unspoken rule is that assassinations must be carried out directly by ...
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How can I protect a cannibalistic ritual from corruption?

This country is dominated by witch covens, who celebrate a holiday every year called "the great feast". Each coven selects 7 witches from their community to participate in a ritual that ends with a ...
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Designing society for happiness

I’m designing a utopia but there’s one problem remaining. The setting is one of a highly advanced human society. We’ve eliminated disease and allowed the natural environment to replenish. ...
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Social Media for Blind Aliens

The Xy: There is a sentient alien species called the Xy, which primarily relies on its sense of touch, smell, and hearing to make its way around the world. Physiology: Due to evolving in dark ...
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How can I desensitize my audience to participate in a bloodsport? [closed]

I, Rex Machismo, am the host of a bloodsport called deathbattle. In this show, contestants go through a number of trials in different environments to fight for their survival. These contestants would ...
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A Society Built Around Theft?

Would it be possible for a stable society to be built around the concept of theft as a positive action, and thievery as a virtue, while still having theft be technically illegal, but having the ...
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How can a long lived species deal with generational shifts in society? [closed]

The Great Generational Shift unfolding today presents a whole new set of challenges for employers, employees, and managers. Human beings have short lives, which push us to make an impact on the world ...
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How can polyandry function as a stable system?

Polyandry us when a female has two or more husbands to promote sperm competition and increase genetic variability. However, this is seen as largely unstable in real life due to the fact that two males ...
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How can I keep a vat-grown race loyal to their royal house?

Artificial womb technology is a common luxury in society by those who can afford its exorbitant costs. Wealthy families and noble houses use it as an extension of their own power. However, artificial ...
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In a Sims like reality, How would a jailer get young men to wear a sarong and undershirts for nightwear? [duplicate]

I am sorry if this sounds repetitive but I asked the precursor of this question here What could be reasoning of male prison in VR world to only allow undershirt and sarong as nightwear to male ...
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Structural integrity of “The Wicker Elf”

Menzoberranzan is a large, elven nation of Drow that worships an ancient pagan religion that revolves around quasi-Wiccan traditions. This nation worships a religion revolving around nature with a ...
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Loss of Humanity [closed]

I have been looking at and researching dystopian fiction in hopes of writing my own story based in one. I know the kinds of factors that can all contribute to a dystopia, be it rigid governmental ...
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A cop's situational handling [closed]

I have this scene I'm writing were 10 16 year olds (three girls and seven boys) are loitering in a casino parking lot around a van, Cops have been called cause the kids haven't left. I'm trying to ...
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Would those living in a “perfect society” not understand satire [closed]

I wrote a little short story about a classroom in the distant future, where the world becomes "perfect", and the students are analyzing works of satire from different periods. The teacher uses these ...
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Societies are built on PR stints and propaganda. Why are people okay with this? [closed]

Every time I read, I find out that more and more 'truths', 'traditions', 'common knowledge', etc. were fabricated by some PR person in the not too distant past. People are okay with this though, and ...
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Why zero tolerance on nudity in space?

Set in the immediate future, mankind visits Titan, moon of Saturn for the first time. A manned space station goes into orbit around the moon once every 4-5 hours. Actually there have been many people ...
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I want to build a world from the 1940's [closed]

I have a question for a new person when it comes to world building. I am a World War II writer and I have an idea to make a world where it is basically in the 1940's type of time period on a different ...
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In a world with multiracial creatures, what word can be used instead of mankind? [closed]

So, I've been trying to find a word which means all the people in the world. One would think of humanity, humankind, mankind, or just people, but I want something that can express the meaning properly ...
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Anal Retentiveness in a tribal nomadic society - why would it be advantageous?

Please note: This has no relation to any real persons on this site or elsewhere and should not be taken to be such. In my world there is a human nomadic desert tribe. They have a long-standing custom ...
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How can I use the promise of immortal life to sustain and stablize an undead empire?

The heretic Pharaoh Akhanaten and his wife Nefertiti have foolishly turned their backs on the Egyptian gods to embrace the monotheistic faith of Atenism. He has declared himself the son of Aten and ...
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How can a royal family avoid political instability after a deathbattle?

Centuries ago, a powerful empire fell into civil war when the five most influential families battled each other for dominance. After decades with no side gaining the upper hand, the families agreed to ...
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How could the founding fathers have tackled slavery as an institution while keeping the union together?

America has just recently fought its first major war with the superpower of its day, and was struggling to keep itself together. Many of the colonies, united in their hatred of Britain, now have to ...
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How can I maintain the demigod powers of my clan while ensuring the purity of its bloodline?

We, the house of Habsburg, are a royal family that descend from the gods. Our founder, Cersei Habsburg, conquered Europe and brought peace and stability to the dregs of the continent. After taking her ...
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How would raising boys and girls separately affect the social structure of the family unit?

This society traces its lineage through matrilineal lines, with witchcraft being exclusive to the female line. Ritual magic involves using the mana of the world and directing it in a way to suit you ....
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Can a religious order keep the peace between nations with sacrificial games? [duplicate]

This world takes place in a continent with advanced 20th century technology. The one key difference from our reality is that war does not exist in the way we would think of it. Disputes between states ...
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How can I frame human sacrifice as an honor without marketing it to the disadvantaged?

All living things possess a form of spiritual energy called reishi. This energy is used by humans to fuel their magical spells, but is also necessary for life to continue. There is a ritual that ...
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How can I incorporate demigods into society peacefully?

Demigods, called devas, are humans born with a divine spark attached to their soul. They are marked by their golden eyes, amber-like blood, and divine aura that they give off. Devas are human ...
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Markets for the forfeit lives of convicted domestic abusers

A free-market solution to preventing domestic-abuse A society of normal humans have constructed a socio-economic system where victims of violent domestic abuse are given a murder-right over their ...
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How would people interact in a world with cybernetically “shapeshifting” humans? [closed]

I'm curious what a world similar to this question would be like if instead of genetic modifications, shapeshifting was done via cybernetic implants. This would not work by simply injecting some ...
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How to avoid lie detectors when they are prevalent?

Let's say that a method of lie detection was created that was 99.99% accurate, portable, and cheap. It is also very generally applicable, and there is no known method to fool it. Now, it is ...
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Why would a country persecute people with autism?

A alternate-historical story is set in a third-world country some time in the 70s or 80s. The country operates similarly to any semi-developed country in central or south America. The countryside is ...
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Why would a patriarchal system only have female rulers? [closed]

This country has a long line of female rulers going back since its inception. Due to a divine connection with the goddess, only queens can inherit the throne, and rules as both leader of the nation ...
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Would simultaneous hermaphrodites wage war?

I have a world where populated by simultaneous hermaphrodites. Which are like human women plus male reproductive organs, penis and testicles. They could father children like human males, and bear ...
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how can a society maintain its population if it considers maternal death rates a sign of weakness?

This human society is similar to the Drow in that their world is broken down into matriarchal houses. Each house has branch clans that support their own lineages, but pay homage to the main house. ...
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How can a polyandrous society maintain its stability over the long term?

In this setting, the family unit is based around a clan system. An individual's wealth and status is related to the clan they are born in, and its ancestry is based on matrilineal lines. Marriage does ...
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Why would male organs make better ingredients for a spell?

Witchcraft in this world is practiced openly by witches and is exclusively female. Magic works through long, complicated rituals that require multiple components. The most powerful of these demand ...
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Biological bonding mechanism

I've been toying with the idea of a society with alternative forms of families or social structures. In one individuals of coming of age (socially imposed) or due to a biological necessity (...
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In modern day combat, what would warrant singing during battle?

Cicad the singer is having a downtime in his career. Over the millennia, Cicad sang anywhere from royal courts to farmers' cottages and have been rewarded with many, many hand-claps. But to keep ...
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What is the cost of being a social animal? [closed]

Human beings are the ultimate social animals, what cost comes along with that? How does sociability expose us to vulnerability? The fabric of today’s society is held together by social association. ...