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"Only female Zone Troopers are allowed to enter Ador!"
Otherworld, "I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar"

Considering the large number of male-dominated societies in existence, it is understandable that fiction is open to the idea of the women occasionally wielding ultimate power. Lady Land extends the idea to an extreme level.

In a Lady Land, the population is predominantly female. Males may be considered inferior, used as sex slaves, or even expelled or murdered. This may create problems by leaving said society with no obvious method of reproducing outside of the sex slaves option. There's a very good chance that this issue will be brought up in-story, along with the issue of what happens to any male children born in a no-males zone. Some stories explore how a culture is affected by the absence of men by giving the characters other motivations. Other stories take it to the Logical Extreme as an Author Tract of how women are better off without men or how the all-woman civilization would crumble if men weren't there to help them. The first genre is known as "lesbian utopia" as it can appeal to a group of women without attraction to men.

This is a common portrayal of Amazon societies dating back to the original Amazons of Classical Mythology. While some Amazons were presented as heroic, the Greeks also often tended to depict their society as a whole as Straw Feminists to "demonstrate" why women should Stay in the Kitchen and not be allowed any power at all.

If there are no males at all, this becomes a One-Gender Race. Naturally, a proper Lady Land will be ruled by a Matriarchy. See Improbably Female Cast for when the cast is mostly or entirely female without an adequate explanation in the setting. Contrast No Woman's Land, the male chauvinist counterpart which is almost always depicted negatively. See also Persecution Flip, which is likely to happen if the Lady Land is overtly hostile to men. Compare The One Guy featuring a male character in this scenario.

Not to be confused with the electric variety.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Earth in Armitage III is this, and the Greater-Scope Villain of the story. Straw Feminists have achieved such political power that women's rights have soared past "equal to men" to "the status of White South Africans during Apartheid". In fact, this ultimately leads to the threat of The War of Earthly Aggression that drives the series' plot. Much of Mars' human population is male and when the feminist political group finds out that Martians have succeeded in producing "Thirds", a category of Ridiculously Human Robot that goes beyond a mere Sex Bot to being able to reproduce with humans, they demand Mars cease producing Thirds and destroy the ones it has created, or else they will invade and force them to do. Even before open warfare erupts, they are willing to send assassins and saboteurs to force Martian compliance.
  • The home planet of the Catians in Cat Planet Cuties is implied to be one, since they're said to have a natural female to male ratio of 20 to 1.
  • One chapter of Franken Fran has Fran visiting an island that Professor Madaraki once helped out. It's a society of women who reproduce via parthogenesis; a few miles away is an island of men who do the same thing. Fran discovers a majority of both sides want to reunite and arranges for them to do so... whereupon jealousy takes over (of the "You slept with my sister?!?" variety) and both sides exterminate each other to the last person. There's a bright spot, however - their hermaphrodite children survive.
  • One instance in Fushigi Yuugi required the Suzaku Seven to crossdress in order to pass through a certain female-only territory. The results were hilarious until Gentle Giant Mitsukake was caught and almost subjected to cruel and unusual punishment.
  • Girls Bravo: Seiren, a hidden moon where there are nine girls for every guy. And of course, the guy who is allergic to girls ends up there, and promptly runs away (the series' resident Kuno wannabe, however, is promptly kicked off of the moon when he ends up there).
  • GUN×SWORD has Misshogi, where men are forbidden and all the women wear bathing suits (the founder is a bathing-suit designer, and the name of the town is a homonym on mizugi). It's ultimately revealed this is the result of the founder reacting to her breakup way worse than usual. Made even worse to the fact that her boyfriend didn't break up with her, he just didn't like her new swimsuit design.
  • In the Heart of Kunoichi Tsubaki: The setting of the story is a village that raises girls to become kunoichi, or female ninja. The girls are raised in seclusion from men to the point most don't understand what a man even is, being taught that men as a whole are beasts to be avoided. The premise of the manga is one girl, Tsubaki, becoming curious about men in spite of all this.
  • The manga Love Gene XX follows a similar premise to Y: The Last Man in that it takes place in a future where all men were killed by a gender-specific contagion 20 Minutes into the Future. Fast forward a few decades and humanity has to make do with "Project Eden," which (officially) aims to maintain civilization and societal norms entirely with females.
  • The Artemyra Kingdom in Magi: Labyrinth of Magic. As only women can charm the local giant birds, they go out to fight while the men stay home to cook, clean, and collect jewels from the ravines. Sinbad and company initially assume it's the abusive type (since the Queen Does Not Like Men), but the men and women actually get along just fine.
  • My Mountain Village Journal, a Harem Genre Hentai, is an accidental and surprisingly unwanted version of this, as the village in question had become isolated enough by infrastructure that no local man could live there and earn a living at the same time, while anyone outside the village didn't even know it existed. The main character's grandfather came there as a youth by accident and was dubbed a local hero simply by staying long enough to knock-up every woman there, who in turn gave birth to girls by sheer coincidence. Said main character takes up the mantle. It's eventually revealed to be played a bit straighter - the village has a long tradition of only giving birth to girls and bringing in "studs", even though they all have cars now and can pick up men from the city if they feel like it.
  • Nagasarete Airantou is about an island with no men. When the male protagonist of the series accidentally winds up on the island, all the girls are so excited to have a male around that they do things like have tournaments to try to win the right to become his bride.
  • One Piece:
    • The Kuja tribe consists entirely of women trained in the ways of the warrior. While it is stated that women of the island leave, return pregnant, always give birth to daughters, the population at large knows so little about men that it takes the eldest one in a group to even identify Luffy as male.
    • In a semi-example, there is also the Momoiro Island, home to the Kamabakka Kingdom, where everybody is a transvestite. And guess which one of the Straw Hats gets trapped there...
  • Ōoku: The Inner Chambers has Tokugawa Japan mutate into this after decades of ravages by an endemic Red-faced Pox that attacks only men. With a gender ratio of 1:4 in favor of women, men who make it to adulthood are barred from any remotely dangerous or strenuous occupations as "precious seed-bearers" while women have taken over all positions of authority.
  • Queen's Blade can come off this way; while it's partially due to natural story slanting, females are expected to be warriors to the point where not only can only a woman rule the land entire, but becoming Queen is done by winning a once every four years battle royal tournament that is women only. However, it's made clear that this doesn't apply evenly throughout their world; the local Japan equivalent, while technically under a child empress, is ruled in truth by the male ministers.
  • The Joketsuzoku (the name translates to village of female warriors), who are localized as theChinese Amazons, in Ranma ½ are a downplayed version of this. Whilst their society is most famous for its powerful female martial artists, males are allowed to be taught martial arts and female martial artists often marry male martial artists that best them in combat. They also allow non martial artist male visitors into their village so long as their traditions are respected. One of the main characters of the series, Mousse, is a male martial artist from the Joketsuzoku's village and whilst he is treated badly by the village elder, Cologne and the village's champion, Shampoo, this is due to his clumsiness and unwanted advances to the latter. Additionally the father of Shampoo, is shown a few times and is on good terms with Cologne.
  • Spoofed by Slayers Next. To enter the town of Femille, all of the male characters (yes, even Zelgadis) need to disguise themselves as women. In the end, it turns out that there are more men living in the town than expected, including the princess. In reality, it has about the same male/female ratio as everywhere else they visit.
  • Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs: In the Holfort Kingdom, the nation that Leon reincarnates into, women pretty much have the upper hand in relationships, despite there being more women than men. As it turns out, this is due to a botched social engineering attempt to control the nobility and prevent them from warring with each other, and eventually centralize authority in the capital. After the war with the Principality, the pro-female system begins breaking down.
  • Vandread has planet Majarl. The reason the planet exist is, the women there are bred to have unspoiled reproductive organs for the harvester fleets to claim.
  • In YuYu Hakusho Ice World or the Glacial Village is a floating island in Demon World that is an all female ice race that hates all men. Contact with men (especially the sexual kind) is forbidden. Hina left at one point and gave birth to a boy, Hiei, along with his sister Yukina. Hiei was quickly thrown to his death, as no men are allowed on the island. In the past when males were born they grew violent and the mother met a gruesome end. In the series Hiei also grew violent, but that could have been because he was raised by violent bandits and was left for dead at birth.

    Comic Books 
  • America Chavez comes from a dimension called the Utopian Parallel that's populated by a race of lesbian women. The only male is their god, the Demiurge.
  • In the French comic Anibal 5, women from all over the world gather in the south pole, lured by pheromones created by a female magician. Once all women reach their destination, they will form the nation of "Clitoria".
  • One of the issues of the Belgian comic Les Centaurs has the two protagonists being captured by the mythological amazons and spending a time with them.
  • Cirin's Upper Felda (and later on, most of Estarcion) in Cerebus the Aardvark. Matriarchal fascism, enforced with an iron fist! Swift death to any man who dares resist! Really damned creepy butch super-soldier women in masks meting out fatal justice!
  • The society in the "Futurequest" parts of ElfQuest (The Rebels and Jink) is a milder example, more or less modern Western sexism inverted in that you are more likely to see women than men in high ranks, from being in charge of the most prominent car race, or of research facilities, or being the head of the state (that spans very nearly the entire solar system). The most blatant example might be a male "starfleet" captain who caused a PR disaster being told to fix things and, "You're always claiming to be the equal of any female officer — prove it!". There's also deliberate flipping of stereotypes in some places, like a woman glued to the screen watching a car race while the man she lives with calls it silly and prepares to cook dinner.
  • The Marvel Comics Femizons, an alternate future society where women are warriors and the few men are either slaves or feral "beast-men" living in the wilderness. Fantastic Four enemy-turned-ally Thundra came from this timeline.
  • Femforce has a hidden South American city of tall warrior women in The Amazon Rainforest.
  • Give Me Liberty ends with the Divided States of America fracturing into Civil War; one group is The Confederation of the First Sex, set up by the former First Lady in the Deep South...
  • New Eden in The Goddamned is an isolated nunnery cult populated entirely of women. They believe that the "sons of Adam" (regular human men) are impure and their warrior caste will routinely leave the mountain range to kill men and kidnap their virgin daughters to replenish their stock of "brides". These "brides" are routinely sacrificed to God where they "marry the sons of God" (i.e. raped by angels) and produce Nephilim spawn that they keep in pens.
  • Dan Clowes' Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron has women (from a cult run by a perpetually naked man) revolting against men, attacking them in the streets. The women corner the main character and humiliate him.
  • There is a women's commune in MAW.
  • In a solo story, Marvel Comics mutant teleporter Nightcrawler ends up going to another dimension populated entirely by beautiful intellectual warrior-women who make any male who shows up their deity ("As you noticed, we're all female here, and we do need to keep the population up ..." "Surely you know about the sociological need for religion among primitive cultures?"). He ends up leaving, since he has more important things to do than get nosebleeds over this.
  • Sin City has the neighborhood Old Town, which is run by gun-toting prostitutes. While their clients are usually men, those men know their places. If they step out of line, then God help them.
  • Small Favors had no men in it. At all. Yes, it was an (adorable!) all-girl porn comic, but even the non-porn scenes outdoors had an all-female cast of background characters. No men are even referred to. The story apparently takes place in a lesbian-separatist utopia. There's a bit where Nibbil, dressed as a pirate, refers to her descent from a line of distinctly female badasses:
    Nibbil: Bring mugs of grog and the finest meat pies or my sword will dance on yer bones! And women! Fine women I do demand! Lusty wenches with fire in their eyes and nipples hard as my mother's black soul!
  • In Starstruck, Galatia-9 ends in Omega 3, where life resembles that of the legendary Amazons. They fight hulking stupid male creatures (origin unknown) called Dromes.
  • Superman went through a phase in the mid-60s where he experienced defeat at the hands of unlikely opponents. In "The Girl who was Mightier Than Superman" (Superman 180, October 1965), Supie is lured to the island nation of Florena, inhabited entirely by women. They're colonists from the planet Matrion, where women warriors ruled. Supie ends up Beaten By A Girl and says those very words on the cover.
  • In Tif et Tondu, much to his delight, Tif stumble across a tribe of beautiful young Amazons. That is until they force him to repopulate their tribe by continually having sex with them. He eventually escapes... only to run into a another tribe of Amazons.
  • The Transformers (Marvel): In planet Femax, men are apparently genetically inferior and so have to scratch out a living in the barren regions of the planet, while the women live in a concealed paradise. Their leader ends up falling for Cloudburst when he proves himself the equal of any woman.
  • Themyscira in the Wonder Woman comic books is the home of the Amazons and their princess, the titular character. Whether men are even allowed on the island is a question that is answered in different ways over the years. (The typical answer is "No, unless Wonder Woman invites them"; however, unlike the page image they will usually let a drowned, starving man into their hospital before deporting him). Also, there are occasional jokes about what the Amazons do for fun on an island inhabited only by women...
    • Wonder Woman (1942): As originally envisioned it was technically fine for men to be on Paradise Island, Reformation Island and Science Island so long as they were not subjugating anyone and were there with an Amazonian invite, which usually came with an escort. They were however forbidden to set foot in the capitol by Aphrodite's decree and when Steve Trevor was in the capitol outskirts for medical treatment he was blindfolded while leaving. (He wasn't yet recovered enough for walking).
    • Per the George Pérez reboot, Themyscira was almost a female Valhalla, only instead of soldiers who fell in battle, it was populated by women who fell to domestic violence.
    • With the New 52 reboot, Themyscira has taken elements from the most extreme Greek tales of the Amazons and exaggerated them- making their society violently homicidal towards men, who are only used as breeding stock or chattel for trade. Wonder Woman (Rebirth) retconned this version of the island into a fake, and the real Amazons are not so violent.
    • Golden and Silver Age comics established that under "Aphrodite's Law," if a man stepped foot on Paradise Island, the Amazons would lose their immortality and powers.note (Steve Trevor was nursed back to health on a neighboring Amazon-controlled island where this rule didn't apply.)
    • The page image is actually from Wonder Woman 216, in 1975, which states that Aphrodite's law is any Amazon who sees a man set foot on the island will fall in love with him to the point that they fight over him like barbarians.
    • By the 853rd Century in DC One Million the Amazons have left Earth and colonized Venus, turning it into a Lady Land where men can't set foot.
  • Due to Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism, the Martians of the XXXenophile story "My Favorite Oitling" (a parody of green Martians from the John Carter of Mars novels) are this; only the females are sapient, with the males intead being mere animals. They are fascinated by the concept of a male who can play an active role in having sex.
  • In Y: The Last Man, every male mammal on Earth (save two, or so it seems at first) dies, leaving the entire world to the women. While society is severely screwed up, it has much more to do with the practical effects of 48% of the world population disappearing overnight than which 48% it was that died off. The long-term effects on the biosphere, given that the Depopulation Bomb affects all mammals and not just humans, are a source of constant concern, although the Distant Finale shows that humanity muddles along somehow.

    Comic Strips 
  • One part in a longer arc of Mandrake the Magician featured an amazon island where women ruled and men were docile housekeepers. After being captured, Mandrake attempts to regain their freedom by hypnotising one of the docile males into regaining his male dominance (which, curiously enough, involves making his man-skirt look like a pair of shorts). The man leads his fellow men in a revolt, overthrows the queen and establishes a "proper" male-controlled society... until the men go on a hunt and gets chased up a tree by a smug-looking boar. Amazon society returns to its stable old ways immediately, and Mandrake instead has to threaten to magically make the queen ugly to secure freedom.

    Fairy Tales 
  • The Island of Quiet Pleasures in the Fairy Tale "The Imp Prince" is inhabited by female fairies, Amazons, and the goddess Diana. Men are not allowed on the island. It has been secluded for 600 years because of the queen's failed love affair. The male protagonist Léandre visits the island while invisible to get the fairy princess Abricotine (who lives on the island) to trust him.

    Fan Works 
  • The '50s B-Movie version (particularly Queen of Outer Space) is spoofed in the Star Trek: Voyager Parody Fic Captain Proton and the Planet of Lesbians.
  • Another Star Wars fic Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place has Han and Leia forced to land on a planet where the northern half of the planet is this. While they try to survive and find a way to get a distress signal out, Han reluctantly finds himself having to take the role of Leia's slave and has to do a lot of walking around naked or nearly naked, and Luke ends up naked too when he arrives near the end of the story.
  • In the Star Wars fic Going Solo, Han and Leia are captured on a planet like this. Women dominate and men are slaves and non-persons. The queen is desperate because the Empire took away many of their men, mildly inducing a Mars Needs Women gender-flip. She comes to admire Leia, and tries to offer the princess her freedom in exchange for either Luke or Han, but naturally, neither Leia nor Luke is buying it. (Han is unconscious and unaware by this time, though Luke says he'd get a kick out of it if he heard.)
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fandom, portraying Equestria as a Lady Land of some stripe or another is quite popular, largely due to the majority of the main and background characters being female, especially in the early seasons, and to actual equine biology — real-life herd grazers like horses are quite definitely not anything like the stereotypical portrayal of a pack centered on an Alpha Male and his meek, compliant harem; as someone put it on the Science Marches On page on this very wiki, the male's actual role is "basically a mobile sperm bank". Its exact depiction varies from stallions as the recipients of well-intentioned sexual patrionism (reversed chivalry/machoism, essentially) to full-fledged sexual repression to simply instincts/laws that support the Gender Rarity Value of the stallions. There is also a whole subset of these fics on FIMFiction called, RGRE (Reverse Gender Role Equestria) which often (but not always) features an anonymous protagonist who ends up in an Equestria- or sometimes Equestria Girls world-where he is subjected to the same condescending treatment one expects to be given to a woman in our world.
    • In Xenophilia, it's not as bad as it used to be, but stallions are in very much the same situation women were here on Earth when mainstream acceptance of equality between the sexes was still a relatively new phenomenon, except that females outnumber males about three to one.
    • The Bridge has the mermare capital of Mako Island as this, due to the race being all female, matching the social patterns of some types of dolphins and whales. They largely just interact with males of other species in disguises for brief periods.
    • A Mighty Demon Slayer Grooms Some Ponies: Queen Rosey comments that the Flutter Ponies keep their stallions at home and safely tucked away, looking after the children, instead of allowing them to roam far and free as the Dream Valley ponies did. Dream Valley itself is a weird take on the trope; stallions live apart from the mares by choice and simply travel to the Valley on a semi-regular schedule, thus forcing the mares to handle self-governance and raising the children. Seaponies have a gender-inverted version of the Dream Valley set-up, since seapony stallions are the ones who get pregnant.
    • In the Twilight Then, Twilight Now Universe, a curse that caused stallions to become irrationally aggressive forced the mares of Dream Valley to exile them, and although the curse has weakened over the generations, stallions still largely live apart from mares and foals.
    • Stallions On Strike actually focuses on Big Mac starting a stallions' rights movement to protest how stallions in Equestria are the ones who are expected to do all the hard labor, chores, and fighting while government positions and influential, easy or glamorous jobs go to mares almost exclusively.
    • A Dance on the Mats is set in an Equestria Girls world with reversed gender roles. Anon, who comes from our world, embarrasses Rainbow by constantly beating her in martial arts fights, something which is disbelieved by her friends who can't imagine a man being capable in a physical fight.
    • Fallout: Equestria is an odd example; due to the heavy Recursive Fanfiction nature of the setting, individual Stables and pre-War Equestria may or may not fall into this trope. In the original Fallout: Equestria, it's noted that Pre-War Equestria was was a matriarchy and thus all Stables were built with the operational rule that the lead authority of each was to be a mare, with the only exception being Stable 24, a social experiment into the viability of patriarchynote . In Fallout: Equestria - Project Horizons, Stable 99 is made up almost exclusively of mares; stallions, or "bucks", are a small minoritynote  who have no legal rights and whose population is carefully controlled — their only purpose in Stable 99's society is procreation, which amongst other things means their consent in sex is unimportant and they are euthanized when they pass their biological fertility peak.
  • A common Fanon view of the Joketsuzoku from Ranma ½ is precisely this, based on the treatment of Mousse by Shampoo and Cologne, and by the fact that the one time we saw their village it was during a women's-only tournament. You might wonder why a genuinely misandrist society would have not executed an obsessed Stalker with a Crush out of hand over his harassment of a woman who unambiguously and repeatedly rejects his advances in no uncertain terms. The term "Chinese Amazon" shouldn't be taken so literally, as it's more of Cultural Translation, and the name means something closer to "village of female warriors". Mousse is treated poorly mainly because he's an idiot. Possibly worth noting: we never see Shampoo's mother, but her (strangely beatnik-looking) father appears several times — in fact, in a side-scrolling beat'em up game, he is the final boss and tougher than Cologne, utilizing energy blasts and splitting into several clones as he loses health.
  • The Smurfette Village from the story series by Raven Child is populated mainly by female Smurfs, but otherwise treat their male Smurf counterparts with respect and kindness, particularly their first visitor Hefty.
  • A Deconstructed Trope in Sonic X: Dark Chaos. Cosmo and the Seedrian refugees were only made up of female Seedrians after all the males were killed by Tsali or became cyborgs and joined the Metarex. However, by the time Tsali finally kills them thirty years later, their society is already beginning to disintegrate over their clashing egos, personalities, and beliefs.
  • The village of the Warrior Women in With Strings Attached. The men are scrawny or dandified, and the women swagger around. When the four and the Hunter show up, they are pushed around (well, they let themselves be pushed around) and called “man-beasts”. However, after Ringo defeats the warrior Mung in three seconds, the queen of the Warrior Woman immediately throws herself at him, calling him “Lord”.
  • In Holly Potter and the Witching World, a Gender Flip Alternate Universe Harry Potter fic, the titular witching world is a Lady Land by necessity. Only about 10% of magical births are male, so magical society is dominated by witches. Wizards tend to be coddled, overprotected and kept out of the public eye since there are so few of them.
  • Zigzagged with the Island of Femille in Voyages of the Wild Sea Horse. At first glance, it appears to only be inhabited by women, with the only visible menfolk all being visitors from other islands. Then it turns out there are plenty of native men... they're just all forced to wear women's clothes, perform traditionally womanly behavior, and have been bred for their androgynous beauty. The one thing that truly distinguishes men from women on Femille is that only women are allowed to practice martial arts; men who would fight must first forsake all family ties and join an order known as the Mourning Wood School. During their visit to the island, Ranma Saotome stays in female form and only exits the ship with his female crewmates to avoid any possible anti-male laws of the land, and ends up recruiting a dissident Femille boy named Harumi, who wants to learn to fight without joining the Mourning Wood.

    Films — Animated 
  • Barbie and the Secret Door has a partial example. Male creatures such as sniffers exist, but the kingdom of Zinnia is mostly populated by fairies and mermaids, who are all exclusively female. There are so few men in the kingdom that at one point Alexa's mermaid friend asks "What's a boy?"
  • Smurfy Grove in Smurfs: The Lost Village is a Lady Land of female Smurfs, who are mostly armed, masked, and ready to take on any dangers that come their way, including the four male Smurfs and Smurfette who come searching to find their village. It is only through Smurfwillow's gentle diplomacy that the female Smurfs treat their guests with any sort of kindness.
  • Deconstructed in Wonder Woman — where being raised in a single-gender society has resulted in Diana growing up inherently mistrustful of men. Part of her Aesop is learning that not all men are evil. Hippolyta is given a What the Hell, Hero? from Persephone — who points out the hypocrisy of the queen getting to raise a daughter while none of them could.
    Hippolyta: You were given a life of peace and beauty!
    Persephone: And denied one of families and children. Yes, the Amazons are warriors. But we are women too.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The tiny subgenre of sci-fi B Movies from The '50s where a Retro Rocketship on an Interplanetary Voyage encounters a society of Fanservice Extras whose female ruler is planning some mischief towards the Earth and its male-dominated society. Examples include Cat Women of the Moon and its remake Missile to the Moon, the British Fire Maidens of Outer Space, and the most well-known example Queen of Outer Space. Later spoofed in Amazon Women on the Moon.
  • Despite the title, Abbott and Costello Go to Mars, the comic duo (plus a few extras) end up on Venus, complete with the requisite all-female society, including the Queen and cabinet. The men are treated as interesting curiosities, but in the end are rejected in favor of mere holograms of the former beefcake King!
  • In The American Astronaut the entire planet of Venus is a Planet of Hats of Southern Belles, the only exception being the king who is needed to mate.
  • Born In The Maelstrom: The community does not have any men, with boys forced to leave when they grow older.
  • The all-female Lubi-Dubi tribe from the Lost World of Afrodisia in Carry On Up the Jungle.
  • The Amazon tribe in Frankenstein Island has no men amongst it.
  • In Ghosts of Mars the human society on Mars is explicitly stated to be a matriarchy, and women are primarily seen in powerful positions. Doesn't stop the men from acting like machos, though.
  • The Last Man On Planet Earth (that's not entirely true) where a woman scientist successfully clones a man. It is revealed that many of the female ruling classes are "closet heteros".
  • Spoofed in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. When Galahad enters Castle Anthrax, he is top taken by desperate women (many of whom were virgins), until Lancelot "rescues" him, prompting Galahad to question Lancelot's sexuality.
  • The mockumentary No Men Beyond This Point explores a world where women have evolved to no longer need men to give birth, and men are dying out as a species. They've formed a world government, and put most men into reservations, like Native Americans.
  • In Outlaw Women, Iron Mae runs Las Mujeres, an Outlaw Town run by women, where the only males who can enter either work in or patronize the local, and crooked, gambling hall.
  • In Petticoat Planet, Commander Steve Rogers crash-lands on a planet inhabited solely by women. All of the men were killed in a mining accident some twenty years before.
  • In Prehistoric Women, Great White Hunter David Marchant is thrown backwards through time to an ancient kingdom ruled by Queen Kari. All of the men have been enslaved, and the brunette women rule over the blondes.
  • The Indian tribe in Revenge of the Virgins consists of nothing attractive young women: all of the men having been killed by Anglos or died of disease.
  • Soviet-era Polish sci-fi film Sex Mission has two men wake up from cryostasis and find themselves in an all-female world. Reproduction is by parthenogenesis
  • In the remake of The Wicker Man (2006), Summerisle is controlled by women. The few men we see are mute, cowed-looking drones.
  • In Without Men a small town in Mexico becomes this when all the men get recruited for war (except for the priest and one women's son who gets away by disguising himself as a girl) so the women have to learn to take care of themselves, the mayor's wife (played by Eva Longoria) becomes their leader of sorts.
  • Like the above comic book example, the isle of Themyscira appears in the DC Comics-based DC Extended Universe. The Amazons were a race of female warriors who retreated to the island after the war that killed their creators, the Greek gods.
    • Wonder Woman: Diana/Wonder Woman grew up as the only child on the island. She leaves it for good to confront Ares during World War I.
    • Justice League: The Amazons kept a Mother Box hidden on the isle, and Apokoliptian warlord Steppenwolf lands on the isle to retrieve it.
    • Wonder Woman 1984: The isle appears again, in flashbacks of Diana's childhood including games that she attended.

  • English writer Edmund Cooper wrote Five to Twelve (the future proportion of men to women), which follows a male activist trying to get rights for men because his sperm can only produce male children, and Who Needs Men?, in which men are wiped out except for some enclaves up in Scotland (parthenogenesis is used for reproduction).
  • James Tiptree Jr.:
    • In "Houston, Houston, Do You Read?", a group of men accidentally travel forward in time to an all-female Earth. It doesn't end well for them.
    • In "Your Faces, My Sisters, Your Faces Full of Light!", a delusional woman imagines she lives in a future where men have been wiped out and therefore everything is utopian. She has escaped the mental institution and is wandering about a big city. It doesn't end well for her, either.
Specific Works
  • In Animorphs, one of the alien species, the Helmacrons, are female dominated, with the males serving as slaves. By the end of their first appearance, the Animorphs have convinced the male Helmacrons to stand up for their rights, leading to a civil war. Notably, there's no feminist or anti-feminist message here — both genders are totally psychotic. Arguably also serves as an aversion to Insect Gender-Bender, since the Helmacrons seem to resemble bugs (including by being less than an inch tall).
  • The Dryads in The Belgariad are a female-only race who reproduce with captive men. Also, the extinct Marags were a matriarchal society in which women naturally outnumbered men by a significant margin.
  • A Brother's Price takes place in a world where few males are conceived and even fewer survive to adulthood. That, combined with the complete subversion of STD Immunity, shapes human society. When men are seen outside the home, they're always veiled to avoid inciting women, and escorted by armed sisters or wives. "Husband raids" — abductions — are not legal anymore, but that doesn't mean they don't happen.
  • Hani society in the Chanur Novels may not look like this at first glance, with its pampered and honored house lords for whom the women do all the work... until one realizes that it's actually patterned after that of real life lions and siring children and fighting for territory in apparently ritualized combat is about all that males are considered good for while the females take care of everything else, including most of the actual politics. Daughters are brought up in the household, sons who come of age are banished to fend for themselves so they don't threaten their father's position. And of course males aren't allowed into space because of their ostensibly fragile minds and hair-trigger tempers... (To be fair, it's hinted quite strongly that these attitudes are primarily a matter of tradition and upbringing and that Hani males aren't at the mercy of their biology. But that's the prevailing social dogma.)
  • Children of Mother Earth is a Dutch trilogy of young adult novels written by Thea Beckman set in a world After the End (world war 3 in this case), the only fertile country left is Greenland and it's run by Women because "men want power". It's pretty much an Author Tract on how women are better, but not a bad post-apocalyptic society to live in.
  • In the CoDominium novel Blood Vengeance, a hidden society of "Amazons" lives in an isolated valley and is largely regarded as legend. They reproduce by having a pact with several nomad tribes who, every few years, return to a meeting ground and mate with the women warriors; male children are given to the tribes (or "to the earth" — i.e., killed), and females are kept and raised by the women. The pact also, of course, includes vows of absolute secrecy about the whole arrangement.
  • In Oleg Makushkin's Crystal Lattice, the Gaian Republic dominates the Eurasian continent in the distant future. Unlike their enemies in the Cyberempire (North America), the Gaians eschew cybernetics (at least in their bodies) and opt for genetic engineering to improve themselves. However, only about 10% of the population are males. Why? It's explained that, for some unknown reason, they haven't yet figured out how to grow genetically engineered males, only genetically engineered females. They could grow plain-old males in tubes, but don't bother, since men can be born naturally, thus freeing up the tubes for more super-females. Thus, most jobs (including ruling and soldiering) are done by women, and men tend to be relegated to entertainment and low-ranking jobs. Heterosexual relationships are forbidden due to the male deficit, and Gaian women are taught that no woman has a right to exclusively claim a man for herself, as that would go against the common good. Most men are required to regularly attend the so-called Dating Houses, where they get to have sex with any of the women, who go there. The rest are not required to but still go out of a sense of duty — not that men mind this setup. Strangely enough, any Cybernetic man captured in battle can choose to stay in the Republic, as long as he agrees to have all the implants removed, but he is then sterilized, which makes absolutely no sense. The Republic is a cashless society, where a person's rank determines her rations and other things like clothing and luxuries. Apparently, it's taken as the axiom that all women want to look great (note: the author is a man), so clothing and accessories are used as incentives to get women to rank up by doing their tasks well. Homosexual relationships are fairly common, although most women are at least bisexual and some are strictly hetero.
  • Discworld:
    • Spoofed in Interesting Times. Rincewind is stuck on an island and is found by a tribe of lovely Amazons who have lost all their men to a highly specific plague and require him to repopulate their tribe. Sadly, Rincewind is magically "rescued" before he can obtain his greatest fantasy (potatoes).
    • Another spoof in Eric, where the mildly sex-obsessed Eric has visions of lost kingdoms of Amazons who use men as slaves for the very specific tasks they need men for. A footnote explains that these tribes do exist, and their slaves are expected to sort out the funny noise in the attic.
  • In the Earth's Children series, it is widely believed that a child is conceived when the spirits of its parents combine. A man-hating side character took this theory and ran with it, believing that a society entirely composed of female would have exclusively female children; men are barred from their village, and all male children are killed at birth. Ayla is the only one who seems to notice that the only women there who get pregnant are the ones who sneak out for covert liaisons with male lovers...
  • Tanith Lee plays with this in East of Midnight, in which a charming rogue unwittingly travels from a male-dominated world to a parallel female-dominated one, in which he happens to resemble the consort of the (female) Moon King. It also happens that the man he resembles is marked for execution.
  • In Ecotopia, the titular society's government is dominated by women.
  • The novel Egalia's Daughters: A Satire of the Sexes is set in The '60s on an alternate Earth where the gender roles have been swapped throughout the entirety of human history. The main character is a boy who wants to become a sailor (a job that is, naturally, barred to men) and bemoans the fact that he'll have to start wearing the male equivalent of a bra.
  • David Patenude's Epitaph Road features a society where the male population was decimated by an intentionally released plague called Elisha's Bear. Men live on the fringes of society, have only the jobs women allow, and mostly only interact with the main female population to breed.
  • In Everworld, the Amazons are shown among the series' many mythological elements. They apparently have a habit of attacking and conquering other nations, including Egypt (which was political unstable for various reasons). Feminist April seems to like them, and Christopher was beginning to get cozy with their queen... until Senna points out that according to the mythology, they murder male babies and sell weaker daughters into slavery. Whether or not this is true isn't shown, but they did apparently execute a man for fathering twin sons with one of them and were not generally portrayed as nice people.
  • Joanna Russ's polemical SF novel The Female Man has examples of various types of Lady Land, one where women and men are constantly at war, and a far-future one where men have been wiped out; at one point it's implied that the latter is a result of the former. She gets round the reproduction/relationship problem with gene-splicing tech and lesbianism. The plot is frequently pushed aside by the author talking, at length about how men are oppressive, and how women need to become "Female Men" to be treated as equals.
  • A Lady Land appears in the 19th-century proto-feminist Chinese classic Flowers in the Mirror (Jing Hua Yuan) by Li Ru Zhen.
  • In The Gate to Women's Country, the sexes are strictly separated, and the female ruling elite runs a program designed to breed out stereotypically "masculine" traits (aggression, dominance, etc.). The sympathetic treatment of the female side, and the somewhat caricatured portrayal of males, strongly indicates that this is her idea of a feminist utopia.
  • David Brin's Glory Season takes place on a planet settled by separatist feminists who have been genetically engineered to have a different reproductive cycle than other humans. On this planet, if a woman conceives a child during the winter, she gives birth to a genetically identical clone of herself; if she conceives during the summer, she gives birth to a child who has genes from both parents. "Clans" of cloned women are the dominant forces in society, while males and non-clone females are marginalized. Interestingly enough, the author avoids portraying the planet as exclusively either a utopia or a dystopia, instead showing both good and bad aspects of the society and its members.
  • The End Of Men features an illness that is only fatal to men. Ten percent, give or take, are immune and another ten, give or take, survive it. Women are carriers but cannot suffer it themselves. By the end of the novel there's a vaccine that can be administered at birth, but women are hugely in the majority and men are already feeling the effects (one complains that he can't go out for a drink without being bothered by women, and a teen notes that nowadays people say 'women' when they mean 'people' and he doesn't think that's fair to men.)
  • The Great Alta Saga revolves around this. Women live separately from men in small groups, and men are used only for the purpose of reproduction.
  • Hainish:
    • "The Matter of Seggri" takes place on a planet where, due to unexplained genetic circumstances, there are sixteen adult women for every adult man. The result is a society in which women run everything, and men are made to live isolated from wider society in "castles". They're seen primarily as sources of sex and entertainment, and mentally unfit for education or participation in society.
    • "Solitude" features a planet after a huge population crash. There is very little civilization at all, but the women live in semi-villages called "auntrings" and the men live as scattered hermits.
  • In Hellspark, Oloitokitok's home planet has a society where women rule and men are regarded as property; the fact that he's managed to obtain an education and a scientific career says a lot about him (and about his wife, whose declaration that she thinks of him as a sister — i.e., a fellow human being worthy of being related to as an equal — is in context powerful and moving).
  • Herland is the first work of fiction to take this premise at its serious roots: the male characters who have heard of the titular society make several assumptions about what it might be like, concluding that they'd soon be running the place with their superior rugged masculinity. They are naturally incorrect and are captured, but fortunately the women are deeply curious about male/female culture, having only heard about it through legend and keep the men around to discuss it. On comparison, the outside world compares poorly to the sexuality-less eugenicist utopia, and one of the male characters refuses to take his girlfriend out to see it since he doesn't want to disappoint her.
  • In the second The Heroes of Olympus novel, we discover that is run by actual Amazons. They like men — in their place — which seems to be providing manual labor for the company. We never find out how the men feel about it, but for at least some, being sex-objects to beautiful, buff amazons might seem like a pretty sweet deal.
  • The Hypolitan people in The Icemark Chronicles are basically this. Women are considered superior to men, and men only seem to gain status by association with a powerful woman. The southern Hypolitan in the third book take it up a notch; their men are used as Cannon Fodder, are literally slaves to their wives, and can be killed at any moment for insubordination or as a Human Sacrifice.
  • In If I Pay Thee Not in Gold by Mercedes Lackey and Piers Anthony, the women of Mazonia are the ones with magic (of conjuration) and so are in charge, with men as slaves or treated as second-class citizens if they've been set free.
  • One chapter of Journey to the West involves our heroes entering such a country en route of their pilgrimage. The question of procreation is answered by a mystical river that women of age may drink from and get pregnant — and which two of the protagonists unknowingly drink from.
  • Land of Oz is a borderline case, as the two most powerful rulers are female, but in The Marvelous Land of Oz, a female general named Jinjur overthrows the Scarecrow, ending his brief reign, and tries to turn Oz into a Lady Land, forcing men to do all the cooking and housework while women live lives of leisure. Her all-female army is defeated by Glinda the Good's all-female army, Princess Ozma takes the throne, and from then on, the genders are basically equal in Oz.
  • The Legend of Drizzt features the matriarchal drow elves, as described under Tabletop Games below.
  • In the Lensman book Second Stage Lensman, the planet Lyrane II was ruled by women, who could be accurately described as highly telepathic Amazons. Their "males", by comparison, were almost dwarfish, subnormal in intelligence, and notably irrationally violent; their constant fighting among themselves (to the death, naturally) was seen as a form of "natural selection" by the ruling females. The "Persons" (as the Lyranian women referred to themselves) used the surviving males for breeding purposes (roughly one male to thirty "persons") — and then the last one "calmly blasted the male's mind and went about her business". The "persons" were quite capable of killing with mental force — well, except when the intended target was a Second Stage Lensman like Kimball Kinnison, that is. The fact that exactly none of the Lyranian "persons" was capable of even tolerating, let alone working with, a male of any species of Civilization for more than about three picoseconds (without at least trying to fry his brain) required the promotion of Clarissa MacDougall to Lensman in order to perform an important mission there. The Lyranians defined MacDougall as a "near-person", most obviously because while she (a) not only shared their mental prowess, but actually exceeded it (even before she became an "L2" in Children of the Lens), she also (b) did not regard males as nothing but animals and (c) did not share their unconcern about public nudity.
  • The Red Abbey of Maresi is an enforced version of this, as the island has powerful magic that will weaken if men are allowed to stay there long-term. The sisters are quite reasonable about it though: male children are allowed to live with their mothers, and they've rescued male sailors before. Unusually for a work set in medieval times, it's also mentioned to be explicitly trans inclusive, as one of the seven founders was a trans woman.
  • In MARZENA, the Starcloud HQ Building is pretty much this, with both human ladies and robot ladies, of course.
  • The country of Alessandretta in Orlando Furioso. It is supposedly descended from wives of the Greek heroes who spent twenty years away at The Trojan War, who on their return decided they had in fact better off without their wayward husbands. Its exact location is deliberately vague, but it seems to be on the south coast of modern Turkey.
  • The Pelbar communities in Paul O. Williams' post-apocalyptic novels are highly matriarchal.
  • Khepri communities are this in the world of Perdido Street Station; only the females are sapient and have humanoid bodies. The males are non-sapient and look like foot-long beetles. They are essentially allowed to live in the corners of the females' houses and ignored, even being kicked out of the way, until a female needs her eggs fertilized. Many khepri females turn to each other, or even human men, for intellectually stimulating mates. That said, there is a cult who worship the khepri males as being closer to divinity and seeks to embrace their purely instinct-driven lifestyle as correct, holy behavior.
  • The Power: Tatianas turn Bessapara (the former Moldova) into a brutal matriarchy, killing 90% of men with the rest used as breeding slaves.
  • Walter Besant's The Revolt of Man is a dystopian novel about a female-dominated society of the future, in which men are kept in complete subordination in a reversal of Victorian gender roles.
  • The trope is amusingly played with by Sheri S. Tepper in Six Moon Dance. Due to their frustration at the treatment of women on Earth, the founding mothers on their newly adopted planet of Newholme create an artificial scarcity of female babies and a dominant ideology that females are the stronger sex and males are the weaker. This results in the women being in power and regarded as more valuable than men. The women twist biology and psychology into an unsettling dogma that allows them to rule the population. The absurdity of this ideology (i.e., men must wear veils so they won't incite lust in the women; men aren't seen in public and only work at home, because home is where they "belong") holds a mirror up to the irrational and controlling nature of sexism in the real world.
  • The Republic of Diana in Slow Train to Arcturus is one of these, with subjugated males. Not the worst-off of the deliberately created habitats of hats found there,note  but they have problems.
  • The Soul Rider series takes place on a future half-failed colony world divided between the chaotic "flux" and Lady Land "anchors", which preserved technology and civilization by turning them into Women's Mysteries. The plot of one of the books revolves around a conspiracy by a group of disgruntled men to subvert several anchors and turn them (and the fluxlands between them) into a No Woman's Land instead.
  • In Space Cadet, the intelligent species on Venus is a matriarchy and discussion of males strictly taboo. When the eponymous cadets are marooned near one tribe, Oscar Jensen, a Venusian native, refers to his colleagues as female when speaking to them.
  • Deconstructed in The Stars Are Legion, which is set in a fleet of Generation Ships inhabited by human women who have been genetically engineered to reproduce parthenogenetically (and even give birth to replacement parts for the ships' Organic Technology). However, the single-gender female society still has plenty of injustice, factionalism, and warfare.
  • Star Trek Expanded Universe:
    • Star Trek Novelverse:
      • The Pak'shree homeworld. Pak'shree are born neuter, become male at puberty (and spend their adolescence having sex and competing to do so), before becoming female at maturity. All Pak’shree in authority are thus female by default. As male and immature are synonymous, Pak'shree often have trouble relating to males of other races without sounding (unintentionally) sexist. The inhabited worlds of the Cygnet system are also examples of Lady Land.
      • Cygnet XIV, the Cygneti homeworld, was historically (22nd century) blatantly sexist towards males, with intellect and authority only ever considered feminine traits. This causes problems for male humans in the Star Trek: Enterprise Relaunch. Holor Sethe in the Star Trek: Titan series demonstrates that in some ways it hasn't changed too much by the 24th century. By the time of Star Trek: Voyager Relaunch, the all-female Klingon warriors of the qawHaq'hoch have established their headquarters on Cygnet IV. Since Klingons are patriarchal, and usually Klingon females operating without any males would be seen as odd, Cygnet might well be the nearest system to Klingon space where no-one would blink to see an all-female quasi-political organization.
      • The Megarite homeworld of Megara, where the ruling matriarchs are considered to be the more sophisticated of the species. They spend their lives sitting on beaches, doing little else, and consider travel to be "beneath" a female. The males are relegated to the distasteful realm of offworld trade and diplomacy, though many of them seem to enjoy it, being considerably more raucous and spontaneous than the somewhat stuffy females. Of course, there are exceptions, those Megarites who reject the traditional system. The young female Spring Rain On Still Water (in Star Trek: Ex Machina) prefers the more adventurous male life, and has been condemned by her matriarchs for "lowering" herself.
      • The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Relaunch presents a variant with the Cardassians. While government and the military are male-dominated and an infertile female faces ostracism, women dominate engineering and the sciences and often don't think males are smart enough to do those jobs.
    • Diane Duane's Rihannsu series (not formally part of the novelverse due to continuity issues, but often referenced by it) presents the Romulans as a downplayed example. They're gender-equal in theory, but in practice are mildly matriarchal: women outnumber men in the military and a male uses his mother's or wife's clan name. This is due to the lasting influence of the "Ruling Queen" Vriha t'Rehu, the first person to successfully claim rulership of Romulus and Remus (until the Remans overthrew her).
    • Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars: Chen Tiejun, as a result of her separatist feminist ideology, founds a matriarchal colony on a small island off New Zealand.
  • The Star Wars Expanded Universe has several. Hapes, Dathomir, Kuat... There's usually some Author Appeal involved, e.g., Dathomiri using the Force to kidnap and enslave men.
  • A piece that could very well be the Trope Namer is the Indian short story Sultanas Dream, in which a woman kept in seclusion visits a magical Utopia for women called, you guessed it, Lady Land, where traditional Indian gender roles are reversed (men are kept in seclusion and do domestic work), which results in solar powered flying cars and world peace.
  • In the Time Patrol story "Gibraltar Falls", Feliz is from an era of a Matriarchy. She has to struggle to view men as equals — just as men from other eras struggle with the women in the Patrol.
  • The Tough Guide to Fantasyland: The country of the Warrior Women, where rumor has it no men exist at all, which is often the only one Tourists won't visit. Intruders and men are unwelcome inside. It's left unknown where they get new people.
  • This is Akasha's goal in the third book in The Vampire Chronicles, The Queen of the Damned. She gets around the procreation problem by leaving one man for every hundred women. Notably, she's not so much a feminist as a psychopath trying to justify world domination.
  • In Victoria, Azania is a science fiction example. Founded by feminists revolting against patriarchy in a post-apocalyptic world, by the time of the story it has become a high-tech Amazonian nation whose mostly lesbian inhabitants have replaced marriage and motherhood with eugenic cloning. Unfortunately, most of them are also genocidally hostile to all men.
  • An all-female Lost Colony is discovered in Poul Anderson's novel Virgin Planet (the obvious alternative to virginity was hardly mentionable in a 1959 mainstream-SF novel). A secretive cabal held the technology for artificial impregnation (and the political power resulting from this monopoly), and they were not pleased about the prospect of reestablishing contact with men. Most of the locals are under the impression that "men" were super-human godlike beings, based on their distorted accounts of the initial colonization era. These misunderstandings cause problems for the man who re-discovers the planet — the first women who find him initially mistake him for an alien monster. Then they tell him to prove he's a man by impregnating a woman — right now, in a cage in the middle of the crowded square.
  • In the Warlock Series novels, the Wyvern cities are all female. All females can dream, and males can't.
    • In Storm Over Warlock, Shann Lantee, and to a lesser extent Ragnar Thorvald, demonstrate that human males can, which makes them acceptable.
    • In Ordeal in Otherwhere, Charis Nordholm is brought to deal with them as a woman. The last woman had been driven mad by their psychic contact, but Charis is taken in and trained. The males of the race, however, receive off-world assistance that lets them nullfiy the Power, leading to many issues. At the end, Thorvald appoints her to deal with the Wyvern cities on the basis of his broad emergency powers and the obvious need to appease them.
    • In Forerunner Foray, Ziantha scorns Riss Lantee's claim to have been Wyvern-trained: everyone knows they don't deal with males.
  • The Well World series has the Olympians, a matriarchal society of transhumans that evolved, ironically enough, out of a failed attempt to create a society based entirely on male harem fantasies (The ten-female-to-one-male birth ratio proved to be a bad idea in retrospect.)
  • In West of Eden, the Yilane females control almost every aspect of their society, with emphasis on the political, militaristic, and scientific. Males are primarily artisans, poets, and other creative talents, and are kept segregated in camps on the beaches where mating and birthing take place.
  • The Wheel of Time:
    • Common Knowledge says that almost everywhere else, women are the ones in charge. In fact, however, pretty everywhere it translates to genders being unusually equal and somewhat chauvinistic towards other. One true example of Lady Land is the town of Far Madding, which has basically Renaissance attitudes gender-reversed (men are inherently inferior).
    • For historical reasons, the ruler of Andor must be a queen (and the Lion Throne was built for a woman, so it's said that no man can feel comfortable sitting in it). Both men and women can be High Seats of noble houses, however, and there are various men who made plans to usurp the throne.
    • Within the context of magic, this is justified — the male well of magical energy was actually poisoned by the Dark One in the last conflict between him and the Dragon. Men who wield magic are mentally and physically corrupted by the use of the magic. Before Rand and Nynaeve destroy the taint on Saidin by pitting its destructive force against that of the corrupted city Shadar Logoth, the only ways to save those male wizards were to neuter their power or place them in anti-magic zones called Steddings, but those drove them to suicide and culled magic from the general population. The Red Ajah, the sorority among Aes Sedai devoted to hunting down male Channelers, almost collapsed when they discovered how they'd brought the distribution of magical talent down from 10% of the population to several thousand people.
  • In A Wizard in Rhyme, a land of Amazons is introduced where it's fine for males to come 'visit' in order to ensure production of more Amazons, but only for a limited time — stay just a day too long, and the male is hunted and killed by the Amazons. The Amazons suffer horribly (so to speak) when the main protagonist and another young male in love independently around the same time seek to pass through the land, as a man who refuses to mate and stay true to his loved one is considered a prize so rare that such a man can stay within its borders as long as desired and have virtually anything within reason he desires.
  • The backstory of the immortals in A World Out of Time is that, not needing each other for reproduction, and biologically arrested before hitting puberty, Boys and Girls formed two entirely separate and occasionally warring societies (both implied to be screwed up equally, but in different ways). When Earth's climate radically shifted, the Boys occupied the only remaining livable land in Antarctica, while the Girls, being situated closer to the equator, died off.
  • The book World Without Men (published in 1958, revised in 1972 under the title Alph) by Charles Eric Maine concerns a male Human Popsicle child thawed into a world without men.
  • In Xanth, the harpies (who are about three-fourths female as it is) went through a phase like this, after a spell made all the males die out. Since harpies are half-human and half-vulture, they survived by mating with humans and vultures in alternate generations, but apparently such unions could only produce daughters for some reason. Eventually one male harpy is discovered to be trapped in the Brain Coral's stasis, and when released manages to fix the problem.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Venus in 3rd Rock from the Sun is inhabited by an all female race of Human Aliens that want to invade Earth for our resources such as jewelry.
  • An episode of The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. brought Brisco and Professor Wickwire (and eventually Lord Bowler too) to "No Man's Land," a ghost town that was colonized by disaffected women who felt that they were entitled to the same American Dream as men (instead of "watch my man get successful and have a small army of babies"). For the most part they're okay with the idea of men, they'd just rather keep to themselves until men are ready to play on their terms; except for one particular hardass who's perfectly willing to throw Professor Wickwire and a gravely injured Brisco out of town just because the sign says "No Man's Land" and the person who needs medical attention has the wrong wedding tackle (fortunately for Brisco, she gets overruled).
  • In one episode of Boy Meets World, Mr. Feeny gives Corey's class an assignment to plan out their future. Topanga envisions a future that involves moving all men underground and using them solely for breeding stock.
  • An episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century had this. All men were slaves and kept docile through the use of a drug in their food. An enemy civilization realized this and planned on invading. Buck somehow secretly managed to prevent the drug from being put in the food anymore and so when the invasion happened all of the "docile" males rose up and protected their female owners.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Drahvins in "Galaxy 4" are a malevolent Ambiguously Human female-dominated culture with a social structure similar to social insects, with genetically-engineered leader and worker classes of women and a few men kept around as sperm donors.
    • The Sisterhood of Karn in "The Brain of Morbius" and "The Night of the Doctor" are an all-female theocracy with massive psionic powers, the secret of immortality and a prickly relationship with the Time Lords (some expanded-universe material depicts them as The Remnant of an earlier Gallifreyan civilisation that was matriarchal and magic-based in nature).
    • The serial "The Happiness Patrol" gives this trope a nod when two male guards complain to each other about the female guards getting better assignments and weaponry (all the positions of authority in their society are held by women, too).
  • The Gene Roddenberry series Genesis II is about an organization trying to rebuild human civilization after the apocalypse. The Female dominated culture, the Confederacy of Ruth, was one of several the organization was trying to influence. Interestingly the Aesop was not 'Female Dominance Bad' but that the men didn't need to be drugged into compliance but if treated with respect and kindness would happily submit to their female masters. Broken Aesop?
  • Gotham: Barbara declares men the source of all evil in the Season 4 finale, and thus makes her turf "women only" in the Gotham No Man's Land. Later she moderates her stance, letting male customers into her club but only up to certain times.
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: It's actually in the first of the five movies that started the Series: "Hercules and the Amazon Women". That group turned out to have been going for less than a generation due to a rogue Hera cultist, and integrated back into the local (now all-male) village when the men apologized and accepted them on equal terms. Real Amazons, with an actual culture, showed up later.
  • Lovecraft Country: The black country Hyppolyta goes to on another world in "I Am" seems like it has only women-not a man is seen there. One woman appears to be their ruler.
  • Mako Mermaids: An H₂O Adventure has the Mako mermaid pod. They are not a Single-Gender Race, despite initial appearances; they just send all their males to live among humans due to a war across gender lines in the past. Given the implication that they age at close to a human rate and the fact that they rarely mingle with humans (prior to the series' start, at least), and given that most if not all of the major mermaids so far appear to be heterosexual, the issue of reproduction is left a mystery.
  • Motherland: Fort Salem: The matrifocal commune Tally is from doesn't allow men at all. Due to this, she is still a virgin at nineteen. It's unclear how the children are produced. Tally later relates how even her mom's male lawyer almost got attacked for setting foot there (even though he was invited by her to hand legal business).
  • One of the provinces in the alternate universe of the short-lived Otherworld is ruled by women, with men relegated to semi-literate slavery.
  • The Outer Limits (1995): The episode "Lithia" takes place in the year 2055, where the world is populated only by women. Almost all of the men were killed years earlier in a war, and the plot starts with a male soldier who's suddenly awakened from cryogenic suspension. He adjusts to the society, but is unsettled by the fact that power must be churned manually through a mill when there's a power plant a relatively short distance away. His attempts to "solve" this problem escalate until someone gets killed, at which point he's frozen again after we get the Cruel Twist Endinghe's not the only man in storage-the leaders of this society found several and tried reintroducing them to the population, with disastrous results every time.
  • Pandora: Hypatia is ruled by women, with all men either their slaves or interlopers.
  • The Alternate Universe in the Red Dwarf episode "Parallel Universe", in which almost all the characters are gender flipped and Dave Lister ends up pregnant by Deb Lister. Although Deb says the universe isn't dominated by women, at least not since the 1960s when masculinists started burning their jockstraps.
  • Sliders:
    • The episode "Love Gods" sees most of the men in the world having been killed via germ warfare. Women generally take over society, while the surviving men (at least those with a healthy sperm count) are kept in compounds. The men are to impregnate the best possible women in order to rebuild the population, especially before another country does so. (The men that succeed the most are afforded many luxuries.) Naturally, when our heroes get there, the male characters are instantly mobbed and taken into custody.
    • The episode "The Weaker Sex" takes place on a parallel world where women took over and became the dominant sex. All politicians, professionals, athletes, etc. are female and men are relegated to being house husbands or secretaries. Women are also INCREDIBLY sexist toward men (Quinn gets a job based solely on his looks, which the boss keeps commenting on, and Rembrandt has what turns out to be a one-night stand with a woman he thought really liked him.) Arturo tries to improve the system by running for mayor Considering staying if he wins, the initial results announcement claims he lost and so he slides, but then the audience learns that there was an error and he did win after all.
  • The Hak'tyl in Stargate SG-1. To avoid death at the hands of the Goa'uld Moloch, a group of female warriors have set up a separate society where they can raise baby girls they manage to smuggle out of the temple. While the older women do not necessarily have any hatred for men (their leader, Ishta, develops a bit of a relationship with Teal'c), most of the younger girls have never even seen a man.
  • The obscure 1970s British-German production Star Maidens features the planet Medusa, populated by an advanced society of Human Aliens in which women are the rulers and men are confined to subserviance... until the planet passes into Earth's solar system and two men make a break for it, forcing then-contemporary Earth and Medusa to interact and eventually move towards equality. (Somehow, in spite of this trope the Medusan women's appearance, specifically, still seems to be driven Rule of Sexy as well as in keeping with the more Earth-bound fashions of the period!)
  • Star Trek:
  • The The Two Ronnies serial "The Worm That Turned". Diana Dors rules Britain, men are forced to wear dresses, and the rules keeping men in their place are upheld by mini-skirted Gestapo.
  • The Walking Dead (2010): Tara discovers a secretive community of women and girls by a seaside forest. She assumes that no men are allowed in the community, but they admit that most of their male members were exterminated by the Saviors, and the rest died of unlucky circumstances.
  • Wonder Woman (1975): The Amazons that live in Paradise Island are an all-female society, but still human (they just don't age on Paradise Island). However, Queen Hippolyta remembers very well patriarchal societies of the past and she doesn’t want these to spoil her paradise, so she forces the expulsion of the only man that had reached the island in millennia by assigning an Amazon to escort him to the exterior world.

  • The rock band D-A-D's song "Girl Nation" references this trope for humorous effect.
  • The eponymous single off of electro-funk rock band TWRP's EP, Ladyworld describes and explores this trope optimistically as an ideal utopia.

    Myths & Legends 
  • As mentioned above, the Amazons. In some versions of mythology, men were not allowed to have any sexual relations with an Amazon, but once a year they would visit a nearby tribe to repopulate. If the children they had were male, they were either killed, raised solely by their fathers or left to fend for themselves in the wilderness. In other versions however, Theseus ends up marrying either Queen Hippolyta or her sister Antiope. Some Amazons also fought in the Trojan War, and other myths suggest that Alexander the Great had romances with them. In other versions, the Amazons have male and female members, except with the traditional gender roles reversed — everybody is an Action Girl or a House Husband.
  • In Argonautica, Jason and the Argonauts come across the Island of Lemnos, populated entirely by women. They claim the rest of the men are away at war, but it's revealed that all the men have been killed as human sacrifices to Artemis. In the myths that say Atalanta was on the voyage — as the only female Argonaut — she is usually the one that discovers this. This isn't depicted in the Ray Harryhaussen film, but shows up in the Hallmark miniseries, where Lemnos seems to be combined with the Sirens as the women seduce the men with some kind of magic. In this version, Orpheus isn't seduced either because he's still grieving for Eurydice.

  • The BBC Radio Drama Earthsearch has the protagonists encounter another spaceship like their own, which includes a female society that keeps men in cryogenic suspension until they're needed for reproductive purposes. They escape before ending up a Human Popsicle themselves.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Battletech: Downplayed with the Magistracy of Canopus. While it's a matriarchy and the highest ranking positions in the government are reserved for women, it's never noted that men are looked down upon or mistreated and there are no restrictions against men serving in the military (even as officers) or any other careers. In universe, the Magistracy is known for its relaxed stance toward sex.
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
  • Ponyfinder: Ponies are culturally matriarchal, which primarily results in their having chiefly female rulers and a pantheon based around goddesses rather than gods. This causes some Cross Cultural Kerfuffle with Sun Cats, who are patriarchal and, among other things, worship the Sun King rather than the Sun Queen.
  • Talislanta has a society/race which fills that trope to T: dominating and noticable stronger women are ruling class and weak, timid, fragile men are left to harem and housewife lifestyle.
  • Transhuman Space: The feminist orbital colony Margaret. Given the transhumanism of the setting, they have to be flexible about the definition of "female". In general, since gender equality is pervasive in the setting and most people don't really have gender identities anymore, many people aren't sure why they bother.
  • Warhammer:
    • Necromunda: House Escher is basically built on this trope. Some genetic defect means that males born to the House are either stillborn, or physically and/or mentally deficient (usually both). As a result, the women run everything, including the gangs. They tend to look down on males from outside of their House, due to the fact their own are so innately pathetic, and clash fiercely with the "machismo-poisoned" House Goliath.
    • Warhammer: Age of Sigmar: The civilization of the murderous Daughters of Khaine faction is ruled by female elves while the male elves are the slave class (the strongest of the males, the Doomfire Warlocks, are deceitfully branded with mind-control runes). Even their religion has been co-opted by this; while Khaine is a male deity, unbeknownst to his followers Morathi is siphoning away his power into herself, using his religion as a front so she can ascend to godhood.

  • The 1950's B-Movie version is spoofed in the sci-fi comedies by Steve Lovett; Babes In Outer Space, 20,000 Babes Beneath The Sea, Atomic Cavegirls of Island Zero, and Attack of the Zombie Moonmaids.

  • In BIONICLE, on the industrial island of Xia only females have access to the power. Males can't leave the island and are forced to work in the factories.
  • In the original G1 My Little Pony, Dream Valley is predominantly this. Most of the stallions (and a colt named Lucky) live out in the mountains, segregated from the mares and fillies. Dream Valley is ruled by female royals (usually Majesty, sometimes the other princesses).

    Video Games 
  • BloodStorm: The land of Obsel, ruled over by Mirage, is a paradise for women, who live in pleasure and comfort... and a hellhole for men, that are subjugated for both reproduction and consumption.
  • Body Blows: The planet Feminon introduced in Body Blows Galactic is this as an entire planet. To quote the other Wiki "An Earth-type planet ruled by women, where men are only accepted as lesser beings."
  • In Crystalis, although it contains a few necessary items for the hero, the town of Amazones will kick the player out unless he uses magic to take on a female appearance.
  • Subverted in Diablo II. While the Amazons certainly sound like this, in reality, the only female-exclusive social role is military, since women are smaller and more agile, letting them fight in their native terrain easier. Men can be whatever else they want, up to and including High Priest.
  • The Chantry is something like this in the Dragon Age setting, being sort of a gender flipped version of the Catholic church. Andraste, their Crystal Dragon Jesus, was a woman, and so only women can rise through the church ranks to become revered mothers. The Divine (their version of a Pope) can also only be a woman. Men can join the Chantry as lay brothers, but the highest rank they can attain is chancellor. (It should be noted that all of this is only true of the southern Chantry - up north in Tevinter, the Divine is male and men can rise just as high as women in the ranks.)
  • Dragon Quest IV has the Queendom of Femiscyra (Gardenbur in the NES version), which aside from a male priest is mostly inhabited by women.
  • Dragon's Dogma has two different thief fortresses: one is all male, and the other is all female. If you walk through the female thief fortress with even one male party member (or if you are male), they usually attack. The males, on the other hand, don't outwardly attack unless provoked.
  • In Earth 2150 and its sequels, the Lunar Corporation is a matriarchal society, after the females took power following a coup against the ineffectual LC board of directors. In the game, all units are piloted by women. It is assumed that their military is entirely composed of women. The exception is Fang, but he's a UCS defector.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • Throughout the series, this seems to be the case for the priesthood of Dibella, the Aedric Divine Goddess of Beauty, who is also associated with the more carnal and sexual aspects of love. There doesn't seem to be a specific rule precluding men from her priesthood and in fact, there are stories of males being blessed by Dibella as well as females, but the vast majority of it is made up of women nonetheless.
    • In Morrowind, all of the guards, retainers, shopkeepers, and other service providers in Tel Mora, home of the man-hating Telvanni councilor Mistress Dratha, are female. Dratha is particularly hostile toward a male Player Character, refusing to give him her sidequests and making it very challenging to get her vote for Telvanni Hortator. However, no one besides Dratha herself is particularly misandrous, and a male PC is free to wander the town, use the services, and complete other quests.
  • Being a game mainly about lesbians, almost all the main Embric of Wulfhammer's Castle male cast are idiots, perverts, and/or villains. If they're not at least one of those, they're actually women.
  • Fate/Grand Order: In the Agartha Singularity, due to her fear of men, Scheherazade ends up creating a storybook world where several Lady Lands, including the Amazons, compete with each other. They enslave men and can reproduce without sex by draining men's energy.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Final Fantasy IV has a much softer version of this trope in Troia; the governing Epopts are all female, the soldiers are ladies, and the sole male you find in the castle (barring Edward) is a nurse of all things. However, the Troians seem to have no bias against men, as evidenced by their warm reception of your (at that point) all-male party.
    • The Viera from Final Fantasy XII live in segregated societies. The males live seperately from the females. Although no male Viera has ever been seen in-series, there are constant references by the females and Word of God says they exist.
    • The Mithra race in Final Fantasy XI are mostly female while the males Stay in the Kitchen. The Mi'qote in Final Fantasy XIV were the same thing until demand from the player base requested that there should be playable males. While male Mi'qote NPCs are seen, they pale in comparison to the amount of females you can meet. The males are either used to help keep the population alive or they go on their own adventures until needed while the females do everything else.
    • Final Fantasy XV has the nation of Lestalum, where the women take care of politics and the vital engineering jobs while the men Stay in the Kitchen. One man in Lestalum can be overheard discouraging his son from wanting a job like his mother.
  • Ilia in the Fire Emblem Elibe games, Binding Blade and Blazing Blade. Being the frigid, mountainous country it is, the country's economy rides on the back of its Pegasus Knights, which do time as mercenaries and send money back home - and since only females can ride pegasi, women (and especially the riders themselves) have elevated social status, with men being the homemmakers. Supports and other details reveal that while there is a horseback knight brigade of enlisted men it's a second-class unit that mostly does disaster relief and scut work the women don't feel like doing, and since the Pegasus Flight Leader is the de facto commander-in-chief, this bars them from meaningful government roles as well. This eventually changes in the end of Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade where the leader of the horse knights of Ilia, Zelot, is Happily Married with the Pegasus Flight Leader Juno, and after surviving through the war against Bern as well as Juno's self-realized limitation of her prowess after becoming a mother, abdicated her position to Zelot, so he became the first king of Ilia.
  • In Knights of Xentar, the protagonist and his buddy has to breach a barrier keeping men out (by using a special twig and two magical berries - Does This Remind You of Anything??) to enter a women-only kingdom and fetch an old friend. On the other hand, the women aren't that bothered by the sudden arrival of two men - as this is a h-game, there are plenty of opportunities for... random encounters. The queen comments that the whole idea turned out worse than planned, and fears that within twenty years or so, she'll face an uprising by some very frustrated women.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • The Gerudo's Fortress in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is inhabited solely by women, and there is only one male born to their tribe every hundred years; around the time the game takes place, the man happens to be Ganondorf.
    • The same goes for their Termina equivalents, the Gerudo Pirates, in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.
    • In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Gerudo City has a strict ban on males from entering (with the strange exception of Gorons, who appear to be a One-Gender Race of males and are just as confused as you are as to why they're allowed in), meaning that for Link to get in he has to disguise himself in women's clothing. This is Deconstructed, as well: the reason for the ban is not out of animosity towards men, but rather to encourage Gerudos to venture out into the world and find a mate instead of settling. This tradition isn't without its difficulties, however: Gerudos tend to be awkward when talking to Hylian men, and there is a special class in Gerudo Town dedicated to the art of wooing a potential mate. And several married Gerudo openly vent to you about the law meaning that when market season comes and they come back to the city to sell their wares, they have to leave their male family members back home and don't like being separated from them.
  • Lost Eden has the Kotu tribe and the Tribe of the Embalmers, both of whom consist exclusively of women and very little clothing.
  • Mass Effect has several examples:
    • The asari are a One-Gender Race of female-appearing aliens (that is, they have feminine sexual characteristics, most asari refer to themselves with female pronouns, and they reproduce by linking nervous systems with a partner but give birth vaginally) and the few men on their planets are all aliens.
    • On Tuchanka in Mass Effect 2, Wrex arranged for the female krogan to form their own all-female clans. Since they are just as big and strong as the males and there are only very few remaining fertile females in the entire species, all of the male clans want to be on their good side or they simply won't get any more chances to breed new sons for their own clans. And even if one clan would try to capture females, the female clans would just have to ask all the other male clans to get them back.
    • The salarians are a race of amphibians who only hatch females from fertilized eggs (unfertilized eggs hatch males). While women are only a very small minority, politics is their exclusive domain, with the notable exception of their representative on the Citadel Council.
  • Master of Orion II features the Elerians, a race dominated by females. Males do exist, but they're only briefly mentioned in the manual.
  • In the H-Game Meet and Fuck: Star Mission, the Human male has been nearly driven to extinction by "a succession of wars". Men are state property and Human Resources, used solely for breeding. Their rarity has led to their classification as a protected life-form.
  • Might and Magic Book One: Secret of the Inner Sanctum has a town, Portsmith, that is dominated by females. No explanation is given, but it probably has something to do with all males being drained of half their hitpoints on every intersection and the town being ruled by a Succubus Queen . The only male, Zam, is hidden away behind a Bookcase Passage. The local residents are quite happy to see visitors, however.
  • In Overlord, the Heaven's Peak Abyss is literally a hellish vision of this - the women (who have acquired Glowing Eyes of Doom and Waif-Fu skills from the powers of the hellish dimension) are all holed up in a marble-halled mansion filled with beautiful and expensive things, while the men - who are apparently unable to stand upright, and thus crawl around on the ground - are put to work as cleaners, gardeners, and occasionally footstools. Being who you are, however, your response to this setup is, of course, to kick down their doors, beat them into submission, and then carry them back to your castle as servants.
  • The world of Rabi-Ribi is like this, with not a single male character to be found. Cicini mentions her father, but eventually it's revealed that she and Syaro are from the real world and got pulled into this one through a science experiment gone wrong. In fact, the real world is the only place in the entire game where male characters are found.
  • In Sins of a Solar Empire, the Advent power structure is based on psychic prowess. Women are better at concentrating or something, so they get to be tacticians and starship crew.
  • In Skies of Arcadia, one of the discoveries is the Ixa'ness village, a society of warrior women. In the GCN director's cut, you can fight a team of 3 of the Ixa'ness Demons.
  • In the Star Control series, the Syreen spacecraft were primarily crewed by women, while the men generally took care of terrestrial work. Then their homeworld was suddenly destroyed...
  • In StarTropics, a long fetch quest is necessary to obtain a spell to disguise the hero as a woman so that he can seek help from the leader of Shecola.
  • The Alma Kinan Clan from Suikoden III is populated solely by females. How the clan's members reproduce is a tightly-kept secret.
    • The Queendom of Falena from Suikoden V, as evidenced by the name, is a matriarchal monarchy, which means only females are eligible to take the throne.
  • The Aeon in Supreme Commander is largely (though not entirely) made up of women. Only Avatar Marxon and UEF convert General Arnold are male, and both die before the expansion.
  • The Tarka from Sword of the Stars have a mild take on this trope. Tarka society is ridiculously structured by human standards with an incredibly complex pecking order and status level, but generally all 'intellectual' parts of said society, like those concerned with science, teaching, higher engineering and politics, are all but barred to Tarka males. This is because of deep-rooted prejudice that males, due to their male sex hormones, are too emotional and irrational to do well in these sectors. Despite this, Tarka females cannot hope to possess the sheer charisma of a Changed male (a male that has reached full sexual maturity; an event that only happens to about 1 in 1000 male Tarka), and thus Changed males are given the overall leadership positions in Tarka society... Though not without having a few females around to prod him into making 'correct' decisions.

  • Amazoness! is set in Themiskyra, city of the Amazons. Men are barred from entering the city on pain of death (with one... unique exception) and procreation seems to happen via an arrangement with a neighbouring tribe.
  • Angels 2200: After The Plague runs rampant and kills off nearly all human males, both earth and the colonies turn into this.
  • The Amazons in Chasing the Sunset are blue-skinned former humans given the ability of parthenogenesis by a helpful spirit. Appropriately, they live in a walled-off section of the continent named No Man's Land.
  • Digger uses this with the Funny Animal hyena tribe (see the Real Life note below).
  • In Draconia Chronicles a fantasy webcomic about warring nations of Dragon and Tiger people, both dominated by the respective females of the species. In a case of Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism while the females of the species are anthropomorphic, the males are feral with normal male tigers and huge dragons. The males of the Dragons abandoned the females for not stopping the war with the tigers, leaving the females to reproduce using an "elixir" and becoming an entirely female society. While the male Tigers are present, they are protected in sanctuaries for reproduction and such while the humanoid females take care of military fights and the like.
  • Drowtales simultaneously plays straight and deconstructs D&D's drow (see Tabletop Games, above). On the one hand the drow in this worldsetting have almost exclusively female leaders, but that doesn't stop them from being violent, racist, manipulative and murderous, but on the other they're not that much worse than real life empires, and the rarely seen light elves are patriarchal and just as bad.
  • Skifander (Girl Genius) is implied to be such, as they are ruled by a queen, worship a goddess, and a female warrior has discussed how she is allowed to teach her fighting techniques to one other besides her daughters. However, the only Skifandese we've met so far has not treated males any differently than females.
  • Girls Only, a speculative fiction webcomic where a school founded by straw feminists has a seriously unbalanced ratio of girls to boys, and where the boys are treated like slaves, including as sex slaves. The main male protagonists manage to avoid this by being the school's yaoi boys.
  • In The Law of Purple, Myranian culture is extremely sexist in favor of the women, who can scramble a person's mind and/or memories through skin-to-skin contact. Myranian men lack these powers and are more often than not viewed merely as sex objects and breeding stock. We do see two Myranian women with much more moderate attitudes, but the Myranian with the most screentime, Shi Shi, is on record as saying that "Men's heads need to be empty so they can stay safe and inside!" in complete earnestness. (This is why she's so antagonistic toward Lette—as far as she's concerned, Blue is her toy, and she doesn't feel like sharing.)
  • The ridiculous porn comic The Naked Earth features a future dystopia where all men were transformed into monsters by a plague. Women reproduce with biotech, and also wear no clothes and have lots of sex. Just to point out how ridiculous, the "wears no clothes" bit does extend to soldiers baring everything but their heads, hands and feet. In cold, hostile environments where monsters abound.
  • Outsider has the Loroi, an apparently matriarchal race of Blue Skinned Space Babes with telepathic powers. Females naturally outnumber males 8 to 1, and the principle social function of the males is reproduction. The males are presumably seen as too valuable to risk in warfare, hence all their soldiers and military personnel are female.
  • "The Matriarchy" from Sin Fest is a parody of The Matrix ruled by Straw Feminists.
  • The Vulpine race in Terinu skirts the edges of this. They have a monotheistic Goddess based religion, noble inheritance goes through the female line and All There in the Manual explains that female head of the household is considered the Holy Den Mother's representative in the household, and has final approval over any junior household members' choices for marriage. On the other hand they supposedly have functional equality of the sexes outside those restrictions.
  • In The Wotch, the villainous D.O.L.L.Y. attempted to set up such by transforming men into women, though whether they intended to transform all men into women or just enough of them to use the threat of girlification to hold the rest in check was never entirely clear.
  • Yamara uses the Drow as a way to comment on institutionalized male-centric sexism:
    Mother Clerd: This is my lovely young son Freznip and my promising daughter Voor.
    Father Clerd: We are the Clerds...
    Mother Clerd: Silence, spouse.
  • The Drow in Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic are a female-ruled society where the male-female dynamics are completely flipped—captured men are often kept as sex slaves and Wolf (a high ranking and very attractive male) basically slept his way into his post. He finds nothing shameful about this. In fact, he uses it to taunt high elves who try to mock his masculinity.

    Web Original 
  • Danish artist Humon certainly explores this trope a lot — her Barbarian Women cartoons are near-perfect examples. The idea of dominant woman and submissive male is a recurring theme in her work, but done with a certain charm and wit.
  • In Planetcopia, most of the poeple described are female, and all of the obviously-gendered pictures.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars! cartoon, Jenny's homeworld of Aldebaran shows only female felines. They form a sisterhood that keep knowledge of their planet's secrets and powers from all other species in the universe, including Jenny's allies.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: "Operation F.U.T.U.R.E" takes place in a Bad Future where girls rule from a moving castle and have ray guns that make things girly (turning boys into girls, footballs into Rainbow Monkeys, etc.), and the only boys still alive are a small rebel group including an old Numbuh Four called the Boys Next Door (which he renamed the Kids Next Door after Numbuh Three's daughter joins).
  • In an episode of The Fairly OddParents!, Timmy's wish ends up dividing Earth in two, with all men in one half and women in the other. The men's half quickly descends into drunken loutishness, while the women fashion a society based on the Roman Republic. Both groups feel a strange void in their lives, but when Timmy tries to bring them back together, they have a war.
  • Futurama:
    • "Amazon Women in the Mood": Their version of the Amazons may be heavily biased against men, but their idea of punishment is not wholly unlikable.
    • In "The Late Phillip J. Fry", Fry, the Professor, and Bender end up far in the future in a technologically advanced society that consists entirely of women. They offer to fix the boys' time machine so they can get back to the right time period...AFTER they have a fertility banquet to honor their visitors since "even very old and stupid males are prized". Bender, being the odd one out, cuts their visit short.
  • In Gandahar women are in power, ruled by Queen Ambisextra.
  • One episode of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) saw the gang visit a world where this was the norm. Women ran the place, while men were subjugated and forced to do menial labor. Of course by the end of the episode, the two genders had reconciled. Interestingly, the leader of the women and the leader of the men were implied to be a married couple.
  • Hercules: The Animated Series had an interesting version when Hercules visits the land of the Amazons. Men do live there, but they act incredibly feminine, wear aprons and basically do all the stereotypical woman jobs.
  • Josie and the Pussycats In Outer Space: "Warrior Women of Amazonia" had the planet Amazonia where women are trained to be warriors and men are enslaved and severely punished for any minor infraction like talking back to a woman. Their queen Merla constantly ranted that men were useless. They use a fake distress beacon to lure in travelers so they can enslave the men and force the women to join them, with the help of brainwashing to make them forget their pasts and have Fake Memories of always being in their ranks. It is notable that while the other episodes had the heroes solve the conflict of the planet they land on, they don't here. The only positive change Alan and Alexander accomplish is helping a male slave escape and go into hiding when they make their own escape from enslavement. When they manage to break the brainwashing on Josie, Melody, Valerie, and Alexandra, the group decides to just run back to their spaceship and escape the planet.
  • Themyscira, Wonder Woman's home, in Justice League. The fact that the League saved the inhabitants from Hades didn't save Wonder Woman from being banished for bringing men into their midst. Oddly, the men she was kicked out for bringing in were honored as heroes, as they enforced the rules more out of tradition and fear of the gods than genuine dislike, at least in that instance. Flash even tries to stand up against this, however Batman calms him down and points out it is just as hard or even harder for them to enforce the rule. Eventually, Hippolyta decided "screw it" and allowed Wonder Woman to come back, in order to help close the gates of Tartarus again. Then gave her full access of her powers.
  • The Loonatics Unleashed episode Apocalypso. Landing on the island of Apocalypso, the Loonatics find a colony of beautiful, powerful women called the Apocazons led by Queen Athena. Queen Athena was impressed by Lexi's behavior towards Duck, and invites her to join them in a very special event. However, not all is as it really seems with the Apocazons.
  • My Little Pony:
    • Dream Valley/Ponyland in My Little Pony 'n Friends consists of mares, their daughters, and only one male (a baby dragon named Spike). The male ponies are nomadic, while the female ponies...make do.
    • However, in Friendship Is Magic's (2010) setting, Equestria is home to civilized ponies of both male and female persuasion. Lauren Faust explicitly says the guys are all working voluntarily for pay. For whatever it's worth, in Real Life, horses do behave in a matriarchal fashion.
  • Played for comedy in Rick and Morty with the planet Gazorpazorp. The females kick the brutal and uncivilized males into the wasteland and live in an "enlightened" society where women say "I'm here if you need to talk" as a greeting, abandon sections of their city if there's a spider, and reserve their harshest punishment for the crime of having bad bangs.
  • An episode of The Simpsons sees Springfield Elementary get divided into a boys' half and a girls' half. The boys' half is a post-apocalyptic wasteland, but the classes are the same as before. The girls' half is a Sugar Bowl, but the classes are severely dumbed down and the teachers ask hippy-dippy questions like "How do numbers make you feeeeel?"
  • Speed Buggy: In "The Hidden Valley of Amazonia", the group stumbles upon Amazonia, a secret valley in the Himalayas where the women, who are all incredibly tall, enslave men with a mind control ray called the Mind Ruler. They force Debbie to join them and enslave Mark and Tinker, then their Queen Sheba reveals she is working on a giant version of the Mind Ruler to take over the entire world. After Debbie and Speed Buggy free Mark and Tinker, they manage to turn the Mind Ruler on Sheba, then free all the slaves.
  • Superjail!: One could argue that Ultraprison is this, aside from having a trans man detention officer.

    Real Life 
  • During the second wave of feminism, this did in fact become Truth in Television in a few lesbian-separatist communes. Some of them are still around, though the populations are aging, and the advances of feminism have tempered the urge to flee society for those who might have been thus inclined in the past.
  • The Michigan Womyn's Music Festival establishes an all-female enclave for the duration of the festival. There were some serious rumbles over who was oppressing whom when they banned trans women from the festival.
  • Some universities have Women's Centers or women-only safe spaces that permit only female membership. These days, to be more inclusive to transgender people, they usually say a woman is anybody who chooses to identify herself as one.
  • The Amazons themselves may have been inspired by the more egalitarian Scythian culture along the north shore of the Black Sea. Many burials of females include armor and weapons.
  • In an aversion of the earlier aforementioned Greeks, the Spartans of all the city-states were the most surprisingly free. Women could divorce at will, and could own property in their own name, among many other things. In fact, they were more or less running Sparta while the men were away fighting (which was a lot of the time). No one Greek city-state was the same as another. Queen Gorgo (wife of Leonidas) responded to a question from a woman in Attica along the lines of why Spartan women were the only women in the world who could rule men, she replied, "Because we are the only women who are mothers of men".
  • In an interesting case, the samurai women in Japan, though in a more "traditional" role, were indeed better educated than most other women in East Asia at the time, as one of their chief roles was to teach their children. They were also trained in combat (granted, on more or less outdated weapons) and some women were renowned as equal in skill to many male samurai. The training was of course because aside from education, samurai women were to protect the home when the men were away (and provide backup when they were not).
    • The weapons were more-or-less outdated, but they were also more practical for their role as home defense than what the men used. Women tended to train on naginata, a pole weapon with decent reach and designed to be used in several different positions. They also had knives and, in some cases, short swords. All of these would be relatively easy to wield in more confined spaces in comparison to anything above the length of a katana (samurai kept short swords on them partially for engagements in confined spaces, after all). Think of it as the difference in usefulness of a shotgun and pistol vs. a rifle. The shotgun can be fired easily and quickly and still have a chance of hitting the target at a short range. You have to aim a pistol, but it can be used in close-quarters due to tiny size. A rifle is most useful at longer ranges where aim is crucial and a short-range weapon cannot easily be used.
    • Also accounting has long been a traditionally female activity and largely remains so for domestic purposes. While it is often the husband who earns the household's income, it is he who receives an allowance from his wife, instead of the wife being given a budget for groceries and household items. note 
  • Umoja, an all-female village in Kenya which serves as a refuge for women escaping sexual assault and domestic violence. "Umoja" means "unity" in Swahili. Here is an article about the village.
  • Hive Insects, like bees, ants and wasps only have males to mate with the queen and then die.
  • Spotted hyenas live in matriarchal packs and unusually for mammals, females are larger, stronger, and more aggressive than males.
  • Meerkats and naked mole-rats also live in female-dominated groups, with the mole-rats having a social structure very similar to that of bees or termites: a single dominate queen does all the breeding while the rest of the rats function as non-breeding workers that support the colony.
  • The Atlantic magazine seems to think this is happening already, having published an article titled "the End of Men" in their Summer 2010 issue.
  • Aristasia is a role-playing community/book-series founded on the idea of a world in which there are two genders, both female (one blonde, one brunette), time moves geographically (as in one area of Aristasia is in the 1920s, whereas its neighbors might be in the 1880s), and Femininity itself is one of the fundamental forces of the universe. The creator of the community has a very small retreat for women only that on occasion gets mentioned in the press. Frequently portrayed as Lady Land.
  • Nineteenth century New Bedford partially qualifies. As all the men were away killing big adorable sea mammals the wives often ruled much of the city.
    • Traditional family structures in Jeju, Korea may also qualify, for the exact opposite reason. Women, rather than men, were responsible for the then-menial, low-class job of free diving for conchs, pearls, and abalone. The income from this meant that women essentially became the primary breadwinners on periphery islands where farming was entirely impractical (such as Jeju and Mara...not that Mara), and thus led to a reversal of traditional social roles compared to the mainland.
    • Similarly, in much of Iceland historically most men were off fishing throughout the year, while women held down the fort at home. As many died when out on the rough seas, it became the norm for couples to not marry so the women avoided being widows. The majority of children in such areas were thus born out of wedlock, long before it became widely acceptable in the West.
  • Some species of lizards, such as the New Mexico Whiptail, are parthenogenic. The reproduce asexually, effectively cloning themselves. Needless to say, these lizards are all female.
  • A now defunct micronation located within the Czech Republic called the Other World Kingdom was this, based entirely around the FemDom style of BDSM. The other wiki has an article on it here.
  • In 1919, Mabel Barltrop (known as Octavia) founded the Panacea Society, composed entirely of women and dedicated to world peace and preparation for the Second Coming. In those days, the Anglican Church did not ordain women. Octavia's church did. Panaceans believed that God was mother as well as father and that while Jesus was God's son, Octavia was God's daughter. Octavia was not only concerned with holy matters, but with maintaining proper etiquette and gracious living. Truly a Lady Land.
  • A generational version has happened in the past after wars. After World War I and World War II, some remote villages lost so many of their marriage-age male population to battle that the very few men returning were a valuable commodity indeed - even if they were missing an arm or a leg. France lost nearly an entire generation of men in World War I, leading to its end as a dominant military power.
    • Paraguay, after the War of the Triple Alliance, was even more so. The Pope even allowed polygamy for a while, because 90% of the male population (an inverse Decimation if you will) got themselves killed.
  • The Na (also called the Mosuo) are a small ethnic group in China that have a semi-matriarchal culture. From the other wiki: "They have aspects of a matriarchal culture: women are often the head of the house, inheritance is through the female line, and women make business decisions. However, unlike a true matriarchy, political power tends to be in the hands of males."
  • A large number of Native American tribes are either matrilineal or matriarchal. Some well-known examples include Navajo, Iroquois, and Cherokee. It should be noted that the gender roles in many Native American societies are very differentiated. But in general, the Native American women usually have more power in terms of inheritance, welfare, domestic issues, property ownership, and even selections of chiefs in their clan, while male chiefs' responsibilities are limited to hunting, waging war, and negotiation with tribes.

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Home to the all female Kuja tribe.

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