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18th Apr '16 6:11:20 AM LordInsane
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* ''VideoGame/AfterTheEndACrusaderKingsIIMod'' has both the Gaian and the Ursuline faiths. The Gaians, who blame the men who ruled the old world for the end of it, place Enlightened Matriarchy as an ideal, although the results are much closer to a standard patriarchy flip (the main difference is that Gaians have to be a bit more gender equal than most others, and that's mostly down to hardcoded game mechanics -- except for succession it mostly isn't actually possible to ''invert'' gender preferences and restrictions). The Ursulines, a Catholic off-shoot, are a near-straight flip with their ''clergy'', with only-female Cardinals and an Abbess-General playing the papal role, though unlike the Gaians this is not ''really'' down to an actual preference for female rule (it just happened to be a ''female'' monastic order that Canadian Catholics looked to for organization in preference to the Pope in St. Louis after the End), so Ursuline feudal lords are just a bit more tolerant of female rulers, with nothing keeping them from male-preference succession.
12th Apr '16 12:25:48 AM Theriocephalus
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* The hyena tribe in Webcomic/{{Digger}} is mostly a Patriarchy Flip, though with a few original elements as well. Males can hold important posts, but it is shown to be far from the norm: there is [[TokenMinority only one male]], Owl-Caller, on the Elder council, and he is extremely deferential to Boneclaw, whereas the female elders argue with her as near-equals. {{Justified|Trope}}, since [[ShownTheirWork this is how]] RealLife [[ShownTheirWork spotted hyenas operate]], with the highest ranked adult male below all females and juveniles in female's care.
* ''Webcomic/SwordPrincessAmaltea'' is a "Patriarchy flip" version, set in a MedievalEuropeanFantasy.

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* The hyena tribe in Webcomic/{{Digger}} ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'' is mostly a Patriarchy Flip, though with a few original elements as well. Males can hold important posts, but it is shown to be far from the norm: there is [[TokenMinority only one male]], Owl-Caller, on the Elder council, and he is extremely deferential to Boneclaw, whereas the female elders argue with her as near-equals. {{Justified|Trope}}, since [[ShownTheirWork this is how]] RealLife [[ShownTheirWork spotted hyenas operate]], with the highest ranked adult male below all females and juveniles in female's care.
* ''Webcomic/SwordPrincessAmaltea'' is a "Patriarchy flip" version, Patriarchy flip set in a MedievalEuropeanFantasy. MedievalEuropeanFantasy.
* Drow society in ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' is this, with a small bit of Original -- women dominate because they tend to be innately superior at using magic and (at least among the majority Dark Elves and Drowolath) tend to be physically stronger and larger than the males. This is in contrast to the Light Elves and Drowussu [[spoiler:which is not a coincidence]] where the physical aspect is inverted and Light Elf society is traditionally patriarchal, while Drowussu still officially have female leaders but behind the scenes are more balanced in terms of their leaders' gender ratio.



* The Drow society in ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' is a balanced mix of this, Patriarchy Flip and a small bit of Original -- Women dominate because they tend to be innately superior at using magic and (at least among the majority Dark Elves and Drowolath) tend to be physically stronger and larger than the males. This is in contrast to the Light Elves and Drowussu [[spoiler:which is not a coincidence]] where the physical aspect is inverted and Light Elf society is traditionally patriarchal, while Drowussu still officially have female leaders but behind the scenes are more balanced in terms of their leaders' gender ratio.
1st Apr '16 6:36:19 PM theloopweaver
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* Contrary to popular belief, with horses a lead mare is usually in charge rather than a stallion. Studies have fond groups of all geldings or with a gelding leader tend to be more anxious and less relaxed than those with a female leader.

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* Contrary to popular belief, with horses a lead mare is usually in charge rather than a stallion. Studies have fond found groups of all geldings or with a gelding leader tend to be more anxious and less relaxed than those with a female leader.
13th Mar '16 3:08:32 PM Morgenthaler
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* The High Priestesses of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', an all but extinct sect of women who were said to have been pitted against the Ancient Kings in warfare.

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* The High Priestesses of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'', an all but extinct sect of women who were said to have been pitted against the Ancient Kings in warfare.



* The Realm in ''{{Exalted}}'' is a subtle case of Patriarchy Flip. Governed by the Scarlet Empress, women are preferred in some quarters of the military and governance, but both male and female Dragon-Blooded are expected to fully contribute to the Realm (and its population) to the best of their ability.

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* The Realm in ''{{Exalted}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' is a subtle case of Patriarchy Flip. Governed by the Scarlet Empress, women are preferred in some quarters of the military and governance, but both male and female Dragon-Blooded are expected to fully contribute to the Realm (and its population) to the best of their ability.



* In ''LuminousArc2'', Carnava has been ruled for a line of Queens for so long the manual points out the title "kingdom" has actually become misleading. The current Queen, Sophia, is portrayed as a ReasonableAuthorityFigure [[spoiler: even when she works against the player party and has them imprisoned - TheMole was feeding her bad information. When cards and laid on the table, she apologizes and immediately starts supporting their cause again.]]
* Atlantis in ''AtlantisTheLostTales'' is ruled by a Queen, the main god in their religion is a woman and women are shown to be more respected. Until the [[EvilChancellor evil consort]] takes over, when women are made into second-class citizens.

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* In ''LuminousArc2'', ''VideoGame/LuminousArc2'', Carnava has been ruled for a line of Queens for so long the manual points out the title "kingdom" has actually become misleading. The current Queen, Sophia, is portrayed as a ReasonableAuthorityFigure [[spoiler: even when she works against the player party and has them imprisoned - TheMole was feeding her bad information. When cards and laid on the table, she apologizes and immediately starts supporting their cause again.]]
* Atlantis in ''AtlantisTheLostTales'' ''VideoGame/AtlantisTheLostTales'' is ruled by a Queen, the main god in their religion is a woman and women are shown to be more respected. Until the [[EvilChancellor evil consort]] takes over, when women are made into second-class citizens.
13th Mar '16 3:08:03 PM Morgenthaler
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* One universe featured in ''{{Sliders}}'' was "The Weaker Sex," where the typical roles are reversed. Women hold every position of authority with men being assistants and such. Hundreds of years ago women got sick and tired of watching men go off to war and killing each other so they revolted. There's no war anymore, no violent crime. Wade unsurprisingly digs this idea, whereas Arturo gets easily frustrated - so much so he gets coaxed into running for mayor just to make a statement. Quinn, meanwhile, faces a bit of sexual harassment and Rembrandt winds up as "the other man" in a relationship. Overlaps with Enlightened, but the sexism means it still falls into this category.

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* One universe featured in ''{{Sliders}}'' ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' was "The Weaker Sex," where the typical roles are reversed. Women hold every position of authority with men being assistants and such. Hundreds of years ago women got sick and tired of watching men go off to war and killing each other so they revolted. There's no war anymore, no violent crime. Wade unsurprisingly digs this idea, whereas Arturo gets easily frustrated - so much so he gets coaxed into running for mayor just to make a statement. Quinn, meanwhile, faces a bit of sexual harassment and Rembrandt winds up as "the other man" in a relationship. Overlaps with Enlightened, but the sexism means it still falls into this category.
25th Dec '15 2:40:38 AM Koveras
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* In one of MaxFrei's ''Literature/LabyrinthsOfEcho'' books the protegonist and his colleague found themselves in a hilariously over-the-top Patriarchy Flip. He wonders why his friend didn't catch what's going on despite being a ''much'' better detective... and then have to explain what's "Patriarchy" to begin with, because World of the Rod got nothing closely resembling either.

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* In one of MaxFrei's Creator/MaxFrei's ''Literature/LabyrinthsOfEcho'' books the protegonist protagonist and his colleague found themselves in a hilariously over-the-top Patriarchy Flip. He wonders why his friend didn't catch what's going on despite being a ''much'' better detective... and then have to explain what's "Patriarchy" to begin with, because World of the Rod got nothing closely resembling either.
7th Dec '15 6:56:22 AM Quanyails
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* In VideoGame/YoakeMaeYoriRuriIroNa'', the Kingdom of Sphere is a fairly standard monarchy, except with the line of succession going down female rather than male lines. The benevolent aspects have less to do with female rule and more to do with the fact that the previous Queen and her heir-apparent are benevolent people in their own right.

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* In VideoGame/YoakeMaeYoriRuriIroNa'', ''VideoGame/YoakeMaeYoriRuriIroNa'', the Kingdom of Sphere is a fairly standard monarchy, except with the line of succession going down female rather than male lines. The benevolent aspects have less to do with female rule and more to do with the fact that the previous Queen and her heir-apparent are benevolent people in their own right.
2nd Dec '15 12:23:49 PM DragonQuestZ
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* '''Sexy Matriarchy''' - A fantasy where the women in power are attractive and often scantily clad, with strong overtones of domination (often of the RomanticizedAbuse kind), lesbianism or both. This can be just as offensive as a Straw Matriarchy. A form of FetishFuel Author Appeal for certain male writers, and common in BDSM SpeculativeFiction. Almost always overlaps with Matriarchy In Name Only, as women in an actual matriarchy would have no logical reason to cater to male desires.

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* '''Sexy Matriarchy''' - A fantasy where the women in power are attractive and often scantily clad, with strong overtones of domination (often of the RomanticizedAbuse kind), lesbianism or both. This can be just as offensive as a Straw Matriarchy. A form of FetishFuel FanService Author Appeal for certain male writers, and common in BDSM SpeculativeFiction. Almost always overlaps with Matriarchy In Name Only, as women in an actual matriarchy would have no logical reason to cater to male desires.
19th Nov '15 1:58:52 PM Iwishtologin
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* The ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series packs in quite a few variants on Matriarchy into the various cultures of the world. Altara shows up as a Patriarchy Flip. A man gifts a woman a knife as a proposal of marriage and says that if she is displeased with him she may plunge it into him. This is not hyperbole, barring exceptional circumstances a woman will not be found guilty of murdering her husband even if there is clear proof she killed him. Furthermore, wives are expected to slice up their husbands as punishment for minor infractions.

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* The ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series packs in quite a few variants on Matriarchy into the various cultures of the world. Altara shows up as a Patriarchy Flip. A man gifts a woman a knife as a proposal of marriage and says that if she is displeased with him she may plunge it into him. This is not hyperbole, barring exceptional circumstances a woman will not be found guilty of murdering her husband even if there is clear proof she killed him. Furthermore, wives are expected to slice up their husbands as punishment for minor infractions.
12th Nov '15 8:04:02 AM EryliaStarheart
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* A somewhat more subtle example is the asari of ''Franchise/MassEffect'', a race of monogendered [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe blue-skinned space babes]] who can have sex and feel sexual attraction to all other species, a trait that [[PlanetOfHats dominates their entire race's persona]]. However, they do deserve recognition in that their matriarchy is treated respectfully rather than for kinky D/s FetishFuel.

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* A somewhat more subtle example is the The asari of ''Franchise/MassEffect'', ''Franchise/MassEffect'' are a race curious example: they're an OneGenderRace of monogendered [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe blue-skinned space babes]] who can have sex actually try to downplay their appearance and instead establish themselves as an Enlightened Matriarchy. Mostly, they succeed courtesy of their other advantages, such as a knack for settling disputes with diplomacy, thousand year lifespans, considerable [[PsychicPowers biotic powers]] and [[spoiler: a library of information left by the {{Precursors}}]]. However, this doesn't change the fact that they are [[MsFanservice found attractive by just about every sentient species]], feel sexual attraction to all other species, a trait species in return, and are capable of having children (Outwardly asari, but with some of the father's traits) with them. As such, it's no coincidence that [[PlanetOfHats dominates their entire race's persona]]. However, they do deserve recognition in that their matriarchy is treated respectfully rather than asari are highly wanted for kinky D/s FetishFuel.any PR and customer service positions, such as marketing, modelling, and, yes, exotic dancing.
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