I’ve been re-reading the Mode series by Piers Anthony and I came upon an interesting stereotype I had to mention. In Fractal Mode, the group of main characters come to a foreign land where men dominate through strong magic that none of the women possess. They keep their reign through brute force, bullying, and ensuring a society where those with no magic are to be nothing but peons (which does also include men, by the way). By the end of this book, one of the characters causes the men to lose their magic, and the people of this world’s children to possess magic through only females. At least, until the women are overthrown by the men. It’s a cycle.
In the third book, Chaos Mode, they travel to this world once again, only to find, well, chaos. The men are still ruling, only now through physical force, since they lack magic. What’s the solution? To go to other worlds and grab women with magic there, of course!
So, they travel to this other world where women have magic and rule. Only, they rule peacefully, the queen of the land keeping her rank due to calculation and a little manipulation here and there.
Yes, certainly back to the basic stereotype. Men resolve issues through physical means, while women rely on the mental. It rather reminds me of how women often say that there should be a woman president because she would be able to find a way to end war.