Questions tagged [social-norms]

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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. ...
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US Police trying to arrest a god [closed]

I have a character who the police are trying to arrest for a crime that he was framed for. He doesn't want to be arrested, but rather than just change the situation, he is just not letting the police ...
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In what situation could royalty and organised crime lords mix?

I'm currently writing a story where privileged kids attend boarding school in order to become better leaders, however, the heir to a respectable and reclusive*empire falls for the heiress to a well-...
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At what point in time would it have been possible for anyone other than the nobility to attend a university? [closed]

I’ve got this idea for a sort of late medieval/early modern fantasy with a protagonist who’s the first in his family of peasant farmers and rural craftsmen to study hard enough and save up enough ...
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What kind of a following could a religion/cult get in a year if its prophet had actual demonstrable magic powers? [closed]

So the first phase of the story I'm writing is the year-long leadup to the utter collapse of society and infrastructure brought about by humanity's sudden ability to use supernatural powers. And one ...
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How does one create specific swears and slang?

I am writing about two characters that come to our world from their own mirror dimension. There is cultural exchange between the two, but not tourism-level. The two characters are a royal witch and ...
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What to do with the genetic ramifications of the war? [closed]

After a global nuclear war, most modern civilizations and technology were destroyed. And for reasons unknown, portions of humanity became mutant freaks, either from radiation or some sort of...genetic ...
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Viable Social Groups for species with three sexes

Stable Social Structures for Species with Three sexes As a continuation of this question, I'm curious about the viability of long-term social groups with the following characteristics: There are ...
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Selling the right to kill one's convicted abuser: how could an NGO make this profitable?

A free-market solution to preventing further domestic abuse This society has gone full-on free-market everything including the punishment of severe domestic abuse. As a check on the abuser, the ...
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How to Design Clothes for quadrupeds? (Otherwise: Quadruped propriety in an intelligent, clothed society?)

In an alien society, humans, humanoids, bipeds, and quadrupeds mingle on a daily basis. Assuming all the humans and humanoids wear clothes as we are accustomed to them, what would be the quadruped ...
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What are the most realistic impacts killer infants with elemental powers would have on various societies? [closed]

If you're upvoting this question and are capable of also voting to reopen it, please consider doing so. It has received four votes to reopen before edits, as well as multiple upvotes since it was put ...
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Reality Check - Cultural issues of a slave race being partially color blind

For a world I am working on humans managed to create a race of demi-human cat people. These people where tradionality treated as slaves/property but have in recent times been gaining some degree of ...
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Factors that Promote Female Warriors? [duplicate]

Assuming that magic use and similar things are not present in the setting, what scenario(s) would lead to female warriors being considered fairly acceptable? The only example that I can think of from ...
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How do I make a matriarchal society in a Medieval Fantasy setting? [closed]

Quite a strange question, I know. The title sums it all up pretty much, as for potentially affecting factors: Magic is present, it's not extremely wide-spread though. Resources aren't that much of a ...
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Opinions that could be totally mundane to us, but a future society might spend great resources to get rid of? [closed]

I'm looking for an opinion that to us would be as low impact as preferring cake to pie, but in the future would be consequential enough to be considered "wrong think" to a dystopian government. ...
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A realistic human civilization where there are no religions at all at any time? [closed]

Let's try to imagine a human civilization where no religions were "invented" at any point in time. How could it be possible? My thoughts are about some specific type of thinking in such a ...
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How would people speak with rulers? [closed]

There is a question about the title for a ruler (What royal title can an absolutistic ruler have?). That is a question about the title for the ruler and it was very well answered. But: How to speak ...
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Might a ritually cannibalistic society gain a head start or have an advantage in the study and development of the sciences?

This is largely inspired by two questions that @dsollen has asked over the past year or two. The first: Would ritual cannibalism of the dead lead to issues with disease? The second: Cultural beliefs, ...
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Why would a psychic subspecies of humanity choose not to communicate telepathically? [duplicate]

Human beings have the ability to communicate with their minds. This form of telepathy is quick and efficient, relying on concepts and ideas rather than words. A person can mindlink with others in ...
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Why would people be fearful of the dead?

Zombies do not exist in my universe, at least as far as my planet's reality, maybe in some other place, but not on BlinketyBlink. My world is very much like Earth, in that different people are at ...
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What would cause an alien species on an alien world to behave in a (specifically) repugnant way?

One of my projects has been developed around the idea that humans in the future visit an earthlike planet in Andromeda. The planet is populated with humanoid creatures that are “well endowed.” Ex: the ...