Allie O'N (alliesings) wrote,
Allie O'N


As part of a project a friend is doing, I've been charged with designing a matriarchal society in a fantasy setting. (Dwarves, FYI.) His suggestions included some Celtic and Eastern societies, and I will definitely look them up, but I'm going to be working on this project for months, at least, so I'd like to be comfortable with it.

My main concern was how a true matriarchal society would function while keeping the men masculine. Then, I wondered if there were any Biblical principles I could apply. So far, I've been studying Proverbs 31, which yielded textiles, farming, and real estate right off the bat. I thought I'd ask if any of you had ideas, suggestions, wish lists.

For example: Matchmakers are already usually female, so why shouldn't mothers handle the arranging of marriages?

Any pros, cons or other (real or imagined) matriarchal societal suggestions would be appreciated. I could use a conversation about this with someone who is not a 20-year-old male.

PS: Something I'd rather avoid at the moment is a very typical reverence for fertility. It would make me so happy if I could find a very special place in this society for women unable to have children. What would they do?
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