So i know i run dwarves differently than most GMs
but it seriously makes more sense to me than a patriarchy because imagine this - you exist in a culture with no outward indication of gender that places enormous value on caves and mining
and you finally leave and meet these weird tall people
and as you’re exchanging words and whatnot they’re all
"Where are your women?"
And you’re like, “what is a woman?”
and they say, “the weaker gender, beardless and gentle”
and you say “We have none”
because of course you don’t, you’re DWARVES
And the tall ones ask “Where do you come from?”
And you reply “Caves” because it is true both ways, you live in caves and you are born of those dwarves that carry caves within themselves, the most sacred of dwarves
and the tall people shrug and let it go because who cares, hide your women, they just want the trade agreements
and nobody ever realizes they were speaking to the women all along
Fantasy characters as challengers of the patriarchy and gender binary
What I’m getting is that all the women in Middle Earth ran off and set up their own civilization somewhere….