Corvinus85 Posted December 5, 2021 Share Posted December 5, 2021 2 hours ago, Maia said: Both Altara, right? But throne of Altara is an equal opportunity thing, that was just currently held by Tylin. There are still several crowns that can only be held by men versus the female-only crown of Andor and, of course, the Amyrlin Seat. And while High Ladies of Tear aren't completely impossible, they are very rare and in the beginning of the series there were none.. And yet, Lan's odd declaration in TGH that few men could stand to be outshone by their wives(!) kinda contradicts this, because if Jordan was consistent in his worldbuilding, it should have been a common situation. Matrilinial inheritance seems to be largely non-existent either, except for the Crown of Andor and in Far Madding, I guess + whatever Aiel have. Do we even have any characters who inherited their family names from their mother, apart from the Trakands? Do we have a social mobility vehicle available to non-channeling women in "Westland", comparable to the military service for men? I am not talking about the Seanchan, here, because Jordan really puts his thumb on the scales for them for some reason. The city-state of Far Madding is the most matriarchal society of them all, where men literally are second-class citizens. Altara is more towards women, but not by much. Not only is the throne for both, many of the current Altaran lords who pretty much ignore the crown are men. Tarabon has a clear division between men and women in the leadership: there is a king and the Panarch who is always a woman. But the Panarch is an elected office, and the king has control of the armies except for the Panarch's Legion, so arguably he has more power. Arad Doman has a king, but he is elected by the Council of Merchants who are predominantly women. In general, men are still dominant in military roles. Even in Andor, while the Queen is the supreme ruler, the main commander is the First Prince of the Sword, and if none available, it's the Captain-General of the Queen's Guards. Up until Birgitte, they were all men. In the Borderlands, when a woman rules there is a prince consort or some high ranking male general who leads the armies, whereas when the situation is reversed, the queen has only an advisory role. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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