the gender equality thing in dragon age confused the shit out of me. you have text explaining men and women are viewed as equals but then you have oghren being all lecherous towards morrigan or leliana
Apparently having a female-lead religion centered on a holy woman makes no difference whatsoever to culture and society! Oh wait no.
It’s like they wanted to have female player characters, which is good, and female NPCs who are warriors and stuff, which is also good, so they felt like they needed to have an explanation for why it’s normal to have lady soldiers in this world so they developed their lore just enough for that (look over there! Andraste!) and STOPPED THERE.
As if it wouldn’t impact the entire society and the way different genders interact and attitudes towards sex and family and lineage. As if a female savior who was married to both a man and the Maker would somehow produce the exact same social mores about chastity and fidelity and heteronormativity. The entire origin myth of the religion is that Andraste’s husband got jealous and betrayed her. The original sin is not sex, it’s sexual jealousy! So why is there still slut shaming? Why is monogamy still enshrined? Why there no same-sex marriage, when there’s no proscriptions against homosexuality in their religion? None of this makes any sense!
Besides being a huge missed opportunity to imagine a more egalitarian society, it’s lazy writing. It’s not thinking through the implications of your own canon, which is a fatal flaw for worldbuilding.