The Shaman wrote:Actually, is there a book that discusses gender roles and culture in general in deeper detail for the "average" Varisian, Andoran, Belkzen orc etc and how those vary with what their home is (big city, village, citadel or vagrant), dominant cults etc? I generally play my games by ear and try to avoid possibly offensive topics such as what the typical gender roles, stereotypes et cetera are, but I wouldn´t mind knowing just how common it is to be, say, a female sergeant in Ustalav and whether certain professions tend to be predominantly male or female held. "Notably more equal than medieval Earth" is a fairly wide concept, sadly :/ .
I play it by ear, too, but I do err on the side of female NPCs over male, because in my "Not Earth" settings, be it Golarion or my homebrew, I kinda go off of the Earth statistics of women outnumbering men slightly.
What's sad is that an author will get called out if they have too many female characters in their novel, adventure, or movie, and told their work is too "feminist", but rarely will it be said that they have too many male characters.
I used to be self conscious of having too many main female characters in my stories after someone pointed it out to me. Now I just shrug it off and point at action movies with lone female
There are studies suggesting that groups of around 30% women or where women do around 30% of the talking are perceived as dominated by women. At least in some contexts. Something similar may apply.