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11th Sep '17 9:03:43 AM BeerBaron
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** This is a trait of the Aureals (aka Golden Saints), a form of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] in service to [[MadGod Sheogorath]]. Their society is extremely matriarchal, with females filling all leadership positions. It helps that the female Aureals are both [[TinyGuyHugeGirl physically larger]] and [[MoreDeadlyThanTheMale more powerful]] than the males.

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** This is a trait of the Aureals (aka Golden Saints), a form Saints) and Mazken (aka Dark Seducers), two forms of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] in service to [[MadGod Sheogorath]]. Their society is extremely matriarchal, with females filling all leadership positions. It helps that the female Aureals Aureals/Mazken are both [[TinyGuyHugeGirl physically larger]] and [[MoreDeadlyThanTheMale more powerful]] than the males.
7th Sep '17 11:36:10 PM Everdream
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* Most social mammals have matriarchies of some sort, with female governing the herds and males usually either being completly removed aside from the mating season (elephants, cetaceans), or being present and not being particularly socially relevant, even when forming harems (horses, for example; it's a matriarch that leads the herd, not the stallion). The only genuinely patriarchal animals are lions and apes.

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* Most social mammals have matriarchies of some sort, with female governing the herds and males usually either being completly completely removed aside from the mating season (elephants, cetaceans), or being present and not being particularly socially relevant, even when forming harems (horses, for example; it's a matriarch that leads the herd, not the stallion). The only genuinely patriarchal animals are lions and apes.
7th Sep '17 10:50:07 PM KillerClowns
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** The [[BeastMan Beastwomen]] -- referred to collectively as such despite having both genders because of this. It varies from tribe to tribe, but in general, MightMakesRight. And the women are not just formally the only ones allowed to rule, but simply significantly larger and more powerful than the men. Indeed, Kills-in-Shadow expresses surprise and mild curiosity at a male Fatebinder acting the part of Alpha.

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** The [[BeastMan Beastwomen]] -- referred to collectively as such despite having both genders because of this. Beasts]]. It varies from tribe to tribe, but in general, among Beasts, MightMakesRight. And the women are not just formally the only ones allowed to rule, but simply [[LargeAndInCharge significantly larger and more powerful than the men.men]]. Indeed, Kills-in-Shadow expresses surprise and mild curiosity at a male Fatebinder acting the part of Alpha.
6th Sep '17 11:13:27 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has this as the case for the [[CatFolk Khajiit]] race. While the (historically male) Mane is the unofficial "head of state" of the Khajiit people, it is the Clan Mothers who hold the real power in Khajiiti society. They control the harvest and refinement of [[FantasticDrug Moon Sugar]], which is sacred to the Khajiit, and thus it is they who are seen as the most influential.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has this ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
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as the case for the [[CatFolk Khajiit]] race. While the (historically male) Mane is the unofficial "head of state" of the Khajiit people, it is the Clan Mothers who hold the real power in Khajiiti society. They control the harvest and refinement of [[FantasticDrug Moon Sugar]], which is sacred to the Khajiit, and thus it is they who are seen as the most influential.
** This is a trait of the Aureals (aka Golden Saints), a form of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] in service to [[MadGod Sheogorath]]. Their society is extremely matriarchal, with females filling all leadership positions. It helps that the female Aureals are both [[TinyGuyHugeGirl physically larger]] and [[MoreDeadlyThanTheMale more powerful]] than the males.
29th Aug '17 1:57:58 AM PaulA
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* The entire planet Seggri in the Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin short story ''The Matter of Seggri'' is this variation. There are about sixteen adult women for every adult man, and the women treat men (who are made to live apart from larger society) variously as intellectually lacking sex objects or "treasures" to be coddled and patronized. Men are seen as more emotional than women and unable to use logic and rational thinking, whereas women are seen as pragmatic and rational.

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* The entire planet Seggri in the Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin Literature/{{Hainish}} short story ''The "The Matter of Seggri'' Seggri" is this variation. There are about sixteen adult women for every adult man, and the women treat men (who are made to live apart from larger society) variously as intellectually lacking sex objects or "treasures" to be coddled and patronized. Men are seen as more emotional than women and unable to use logic and rational thinking, whereas women are seen as pragmatic and rational.
11th Jul '17 1:05:39 PM QueenMarine
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* Mewni, the home world of the title character of StarVsTheForcesOfEvil, appears to be this. All of the rulers mentioned have been queens and Star's royal family history seems to be made up entirely of women. The only kings mentioned are Star's father and the husband of her ancestor, Eclipsa, but in both cases, they appear to be kings by marriage, with their wives having inherited the throne.

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* Mewni, the home world of the title character of StarVsTheForcesOfEvil, appears to be this. All of the rulers mentioned have been queens and Star's royal family history seems to be made up entirely of women. The only kings mentioned are Star's father and the husband of her ancestor, Eclipsa, but in both cases, they appear to be kings by marriage, with their wives having inherited the throne. Star's father also took her mother's surname upon their marriage and the all-female lineage carries the same surname, implying it is standard practice.
11th Jul '17 12:49:58 PM QueenMarine
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* Mewni, the home world of the title character of StarVsTheForcesOfEvil, appears to be this. All of the rulers mentioned have been queens and Star's royal family history seems to be made up entirely of women. The only kings mentioned are Star's father and the husband of her ancestor, Eclipsa, but in both cases, they appear to be kings by marriage, with their wives having inherited the throne.
28th Jun '17 11:57:45 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has this as the case for the [[CatFolk Khajiit]] race. While the (historically male) Mane is the unofficial "head of state" of the Khajiit people, it is the Clan Mothers who hold the real power in Khajiiti society. They control the harvest and refinement of [[FantasticDrug Moon Sugar]], which is sacred to the Khajiit, and thus it is they who are seen as the most influential.
1st Jun '17 7:27:21 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''Literature/WheelOfTime'', many smaller independent villages are an Original Matriarchy, they are governed by two separate (theoretically equal) groups. The Village Council is all male and the Women's Circle are exclusively female, but members of both bodies will privately admit that really, the women are the ones calling the shots. The Aiel exhibit a similar governance (and similar admissions of who holds the true power) though in their case they are led by a Clan Chief (male), a Wise One (female) and the woman who owns the Hold.

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* In the ''Literature/WheelOfTime'', ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', many smaller independent villages are an Original Matriarchy, they are governed by two separate (theoretically equal) groups. The Village Council is all male and the Women's Circle are exclusively female, but members of both bodies will privately admit that really, the women are the ones calling the shots. The Aiel exhibit a similar governance (and similar admissions of who holds the true power) though in their case they are led by a Clan Chief (male), a Wise One (female) and the woman who owns the Hold.
20th May '17 10:50:49 PM wedekit
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* The ''Literature/{{Nightrunner}}'' and Tamír Triad series by Lynn Flewelling has Skala, a kingdom with a matrilineal line of queens. The legitimacy of this tradition is enforced by a prophecy: "So long as a daughter of Thelátimos’ line defends and rules, Skala shall never be subjugated." This particular example fits in the "flipped patriarchy" category because they rule in the same manor a king stereotypically would, including being skilled on the battlefield.

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* The ''Literature/{{Nightrunner}}'' and Tamír Triad series by Lynn Flewelling has Skala, a kingdom with a matrilineal line of queens. The legitimacy of this tradition is enforced by a prophecy: "So long as a daughter of Thelátimos’ line defends and rules, Skala shall never be subjugated." This particular example fits in the "flipped patriarchy" category because they rule in the same manor a king stereotypically would, including being skilled on the battlefield.warriors and commanders. However, certain Enlightened characteristics of their culture are implied to be due to their matrilineal succession, such as: equal rights and opportunities for both genders (and LGBTQ+ citizens), culturally sanctioned and legally protected prostitutes (of both genders), etc.
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