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According to the author herself, adamant pretty much has it right [that is, in saying that "the existence of three different pronouns need not have much to do with physical sex"]. Genitals don't define gender for Hwaeans. Also, this particular construction of gender is common/dominant in Hwae and a few other systems. (source) Nearly all of the ...


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Just to follow up on this for anyone finding it later on, the clues for all of this are in the text of Provenance but the dots aren't always easy to connect. It appears that Hwaean children aren't actually gendered - they're just children - then they choose their gender upon reaching maturity. They can be man, woman or neman, the setting's non-binary third ...


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