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Its been observed that jet-pilots tend to have more girls than boys. Its even something of an inside joke among aviation types. Its been given some scientific credence lately when it was theorised that higher exposure to cosmic radiation or potentially even the high G-forces could be damaging their Y chromosome. Due to a quirk in chemistry the composition of ...


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You have to look at the situation realistically, and realize that equality is going to become an even more complicated topic than it is today. The Reality Civilization - as we know it - is gone. Technology, the great equalizer, is gone. You now live in a world where might is right. If I'm stronger than you I'm in charge, and I take your stuff (maybe even ...


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You would need a reason why the raw strength of men is more useful in the villages than out on the hunt. I'd suggest that you can use the tree-living nature of your people to achieve that. Men stay in the village to haul heavy loads up and down trees, build new tree houses, and generally do the heavy lifting. In the meantime groups of women and younger (...


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This may not translate well to other languages where sex and gender may not be different structures in the same way. You can't Because gender is the social indication of what's in your pants. So by your requirement to not have gender, you're equally not allowed to indicate what sex you are. Any act that would do so would class as a gendered indication, ...


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It's pretty easy to have a genetic structure shared across 3 sexes and combine across the three. You could have either one lay egg or one carry after the three sexes combine chromosomes. However, justifying the evolution of this species is harder. We have two sexes because we need a way to trade genetics; however, once you have some way to recombine ...


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Self produced testosterone antibodies. As soon as the male embryo starts producing testosterone, it gets attacked by the mother's antibodies and as a result cannot complete its development.


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Yes? There easily could be. There just needs to be a reason! There are a few fictional ones, currently Menzoberranzan (D&D) jumps to mind. The reigning deity favors females, so female drow have a much easier time in life. From the Wonderwoman, the Amazonians are a famous fictional society consisting of only women. They have their own reasons. In a ...


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The question doesn't really make sense to me if you're restricting yourself to two-sex reproduction. If, biologically, this species reproduces sexually via pairing, then almost by definition there has to be a way for the species 'in the wild' to figure out which one has the sword and which one's got the sheath. Pheromones, secondary sexual characteristics, ...


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Well, I'm seeing something different here. Dragons must be raised, taken care of, and controlled by the thinner and shorter riders that you have. You must have, so, someone that is, at the same time: Not heavily muscled. Shorter than the regular male, on average. Lighter than the muscle-bound regular warrior-type. Apt to take on nurturing roles, taking ...


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Testosterone. Hyenas are real world examples of a species where the female is dominant and have high levels of testosterone (among other hormones), and their physiology is different enough from other animals that hyenas' brains seem to process hormones differently – it's not "just" a lot of testosterone, they are physically different. They live in large ...


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There are some ethnic minority people in my country (Vietnam) that are matriarchies (such as: chăm, ê đê, giarai, mơ nông, k-ho, ba na). That means the female is who is powerful in the family. A male when married will join into his wife's family. So they would like to have daughters instead of sons.


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Property ownership & divorce rights. Property ownership is fundamental, and will precipitate other important benchmarks of equality, like voting rights. A striking example is women's suffrage in 1790s New Jersey. Their state constitution (via absence/use of gender pronouns) implicitly, and later explicitly, allowed women the right to vote for about 2 ...


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If it's a truly egalitarian society, then you'll have women in all the same roles as you have men -- female front-line soldiers, female siege engine operators, female sappers, female archers, female mages, female commanders, female medics, etc. The only thing you have to think about here is making sure you remember to represent them, and doing so in a truly ...


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Immediate Effects The first thing the new military will have to deal with is the enormous loss of military experience at all levels. Going by US numbers, you've just lost around 85% of your people. The balance between enlisted personnel and officer ranks is roughly equal, but the loss is worst at the highest levels of the officer corps, where you've lost ...


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This is an extreme case of the so-called Mother's curse: In biology, mother's curse is an evolutionary effect that males inherit deleterious mitochondrial genome (mtDNA) mutations from their mother, while those mutations are beneficial, neutral or less deleterious to females. There are known cases where an mtDNA defect largely or solely affects males of ...


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Bodyguard? What bodyguard? I see no bodyguard! The king is the winner of an election-by-combat. It would be impolite to suggest that he needs a bodyguard. That would mean he is no longer fit to rule, after all. Even if everybody knows that the king is too old and fat to win such a fight today, everybody pretends otherwise. Anything else would be a grave ...


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Make them hermaphrodites, with both male and female parts on all individuals. You have the advantages of sexual reproduction, without two genders.


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While men are, generally, stronger than women, that is not likely to be your primary concern when talking about societal evolution. Murphy hit the nail on the head with his sentence that stated "many tribal cultures didn't have great population growth and males are thus a little more expendable since losing a few doesn't impact future generations as much". ...


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Scarcity. If your society has almost no men, then you do not want to risk the few (or one) you have. He will be busy. But why would a society have no men? They died of a disease to which females are more resistant. Maybe a lot of females died too, but almost all the men did. They were taken by another group or power that only wanted men. The Venusians, ...


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How do individuals on this world efficiently identify potential mates? For an "efficient" identification there ought to be some outward difference between sexes. This difference might not lie within the human sensorium (for example, a difference in body smell that humans can't pick up, a different skin color that only shows in ultraviolet or infrared and so ...


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How do deal with different skill levels in our present society? Some people are good at math, some at humanities. Some people fix engines. Some people create paintings. OP says that among women you have varying skill levels of Magic. So even amoung the women there is variation in ability. Another example: Several percent of men are red/green colour ...


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This actually happens in insects (and other invertebrates) via the bacterium Wolbachia. I suggest you research its male killing effects and borrow from there, Wikipedia is a decent place to start. There's no direct mammal parallel to these effects (that we know of) but it should provide a source of face-valid ideas. In general, genetic effects will work ...


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To sell comics to teenage boys is the real reason. But revealing costumes is to be memorable and identifiable. If the hero doesn't bother with a secret identity, it might be worth sponsorship. If you look at sports people, it's not always the best that make the most money. Being attractive helps greatly. After all stopping bank robbers doesn't pay well........


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All matches prearranged On your world, there is a system of matchmakers who take care of tracking and matching appropriate partners. This may be government-run (with access to health records that would reveal sex), arranged by families, or otherwise performed by "the system" for the person. With this, most of your inhabitants simply don't worry about ...


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Most of what Kromey said is true and I mostly am supporting of it. I am, however, going to point out some of the obvious trends of history mostly to show how your military culture may develop. First, I'm going to come out and say it, women, on average, have less upper body strength and thus are not as good as front line infantry as men. Some women will be ...


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Consider: there are conditions that are passed on by X-linked recessive inheritance. The most famous is haemophilia. Here's how it works: mutation BadNews is recessive, and carried on the X chromosome. The mother is a carrier. A daughter would get a healthy X chromosome from the father, and either a healthy or a mutated X chromosome from the mother - she is ...


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Pregnancy being a 10 month investment on the part of the woman, with the last couple months being almost immobilized, traditionally limits women's ability to become dedicated warriors. And then there is breastfeeding which ranges from 6 months minimum (as recommended by the medical establishment) to up to 4-5 years in hunter-gatherer societies where cow milk ...


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I will focus on how to avoid male-dominated societies here, as they are generally the more common issue in the majority of history, primarily due to their size advantage over women and the side effects of child rearing. I'm only going to address the biggest issues BUT FIRST: TL;DR Technology! There are many causes, but increased technology tends to fix ...


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To be contrarian to other answers: In a male dominated society, allow males to have harems of up to 10 wives, and to own as many concubines as they wish (none of which are allowed to become pregnant; if they do, the pregnancy is aborted). Allow females to be sold (e.g. the Bible explicitly offers advice to men on how to price their daughters). Allow early ...


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The answers vary on different timescales. 1 Year On the one year timescale, your military is going to be dramatically weakened by switching to all women. This is a simple cause and effect relationship. If you suddenly fire about 85% of your employees, and then hire a bunch of new employees, you're going to have a massive brain drain that will hurt, ...


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