Playing With: Lady Land

Basic Trope: A society in which the women are in charge, and men are treated as second-class citizens.
  • Straight: Ladyland is ruled by women, and men are rarely (if ever) seen in positions of power or significance.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Ladyland is ruled by women, and the men are treated as slaves.
    • The men live separately from the women, and young boys are sent to live with their fathers/uncles/brothers as soon as they can eat solid food.
  • Downplayed: The overwhelming majority of authority figures are female, but powerful men are are not unusual, either.
  • Justified:
    • Ladyland is a religious nation, built upon the worship of a Straw Feminist fertility goddess and her ideals.
    • Alternatively, Ladyland originated as a refuge for women from a He-Man Woman Hater / Straw Misogynist society.
    • Their menfolk were nearly driven to extinction by a plague or war, and are only allowed out of their enclaves for mating.
    • It's a colony world inhabited by female separatists who have either switched over to laboratory reproduction or have altered their biology to allow parthenogenic reproduction. Males are viewed as foreign and are not trusted.
  • Inverted: Ladyland is ruled by women, but men were treated far better than them.
  • Gender Flipped: No Woman's Land
  • Subverted:
    • The women in this society are quite hospitable to male travelers making their way through.
    • Higher-class men dress like women.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But one wrong move and Joe Traveler could end up on a roasting spit.
    • Or, if they consider the men attractive enough, the Tribal Council of Ladyland makes plans to kidnap them and keep them as sex slaves.
  • Parodied:
    • The residents of Ladyland regularly hunt down and rape and/or kill men for no reason.
    • The residents of Ladyland still fear the possibility of catching cooties from their male counterparts, just as grade-school children do.
    • A traveler asks "How do you sustain a population with no men?" and states that they have been "proudly Man-Free for 108 generations" and have laws against importing sperm samples (because "semen is poison") and cloning, as it removes carrying the child from reproduction. Genetic engineering is a no-go either, as it's supposed to be "Antithesis to the randomization of nature" (or genetic manipulation of any sort, outside of being exposed to mutagens while pregnant, doesn't exist). The border guard gets a surprised look, her head explodes, and the entire country disappears in a Puff of Logic.
  • Zig Zagged: Depending on just what kind of queen they have at any given time and how she feels about men, the society fluctuates between "men are scum, and should be killed on sight," "men live in a separate society from us, and as long as they don't bother us outside of Mating Season, we don't care," "men are inferior, but we tolerate them," and "men are just as valuable and competent as we are."
  • Averted: The society in question is a society where men and women are seen as equally valuable and competent, and treated accordingly.
  • Enforced:
    • The writer thinks the world would be better off if women were in charge.
    • The writer Does Not Like Men
    • The writer thinks that women should not be in charge.
  • Lampshaded: "This place doesn't seem very friendly, for a place populated with women, Joe."
  • Invoked: Some woman takes over (whether by military means, winning an election, or simply being born into the Royal Family), and aims to create a Utopia where women are in charge.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • No Woman's Land
    • The laws (religious or secular or both) of that society specifically state that men and women are equal and are to be treated as such, and the society does just that.
    • (plunks down treatise) "Sign this treaty stating that men are equals, or I blow your head off. You have untill I count to 10. I am counting in binary."
  • Discussed: "Why do they treat the men so badly?"
  • Conversed: "I would think a society ruled by women would be more peaceful. Boy, was I wrong!"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Ladyland was started by a bunch of straw feminists who were disgruntled with society and/or how women had been treated in the past. Their short-sighted bigotry, however, doesn't exactly make even men who might've sympathized them feel at home, and the mass exodus results in a Brain Drain that hampers the economy.
    • Ladyland was started by escaped victims of Mansworld as a refuge for men who weren't taken seriously. Said victims became just what they tried to escape.
    • Without any males to project their hatred on, the women begin to fight with one another, and soon their paradise starts to collapse.
  • Reconstructed: The residents of Ladyland learn that men are a great asset to their society, and have much more to contribute than just sperm. The society is reformed, and becomes a more egalitarian society, where men and women are both seen as equally valuable and competent, and given the same rights and responsibilities.
  • Played For Laughs: Joe Traveler and his buddies know about Ladyland and pose as women as they pass through, for their own safety. One of them is singled out when the women see through his disguise and taken to be used as a sex slave. Since All Men Are Perverts, the rest of the group takes off their dresses, wigs, and makeup...and live Happily Ever After.
  • Played For Drama: Joe Traveler and his buddies know about Ladyland and pose as women as they pass through, for their own safety. One of them is singled out when the women see through his disguise and taken to be used as a sex slave or killed or both. His friends have to go on a rescue mission without blowing their cover.

Ladies, let's head on back to Lady Land! As for the menfolk...well, we've got someplace nice picked out for you.
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