Starstripe shares an interesting thought about society within the Warriors universe.
Ok, so the other day I was wondering: Do Warriors treat toms and she-cats fairly? Especially in leadership. So I did some research and here it goes…
Out of the 5 founders of the clans, 3 of them were males. Windstar, one of the females, was succeeded by 4 males after. Shadowclan however, continued to keep its female line until the 5th leader Blizzardstar took leadership. Yet this isn’t bad. The idea of sexism is to favour one gender over another, no matter which gender. But Queens have at some points been put down as only ‘protective mother’s’. One example to change this was Daisytail. The band of Queens she created made Code 5. They rose up against the two toms in power during a battle. The rule they enforced was that a kit must be at least six moons old to become an apprentice. Here is an extract of a conversation between Daisytail and Hawkfoot, another Queen.
“I can’t let Specklepaw fight, I just can’t!”
“You don’t have a choice…”
To suggest the fact that mothers don’t have a choice and control over their kits in some way, in my opinion, is really bad. Another example is Daisy and Ferncloud who were criticised for their decision to stay in the nursery to care for their and other’s young. They were helping the clan in a different way. Just because they are not fighting doesn’t mean they’re wrong.
Back to leadership:
toms she-cats unknown-gendered
thunderclan 14 2 0
riverclan 8 7 1
windclan 8 5 1
shadowclan 12 7 1
skyclan 12 2 2
It seems here that sexism is definitely a thing. From these statistics the most sexist clan is definitely Thunderclan. With a whopping difference of 12 between female and male leaders. It’s easy to see that here. Their only female leaders were Doestar and Bluestar. Skyclan also have the same amount of she-cat leaders. This was Leafstar and Maplestar. However, we also have to keep in mind if the two unknown-gendered leaders were female. The difference would be narrowed to 8.
Riverclan is the most fair here, no matter whether the unknown-gendered leader was female or male. They have the least amount of difference between tom and she-cat leaders. However throughout all of the clans, toms dominate the leadership. Like Bluefur, they may want to volunteer, but can’t because they have to raise their kits, leaving toms free to become ‘stars’. Besides, Bluestar was forced in many ways, she was told by Goosefeather that she had to stop Thistleclaw and that was the main reason she decided to become leader. As well as this Leafstar was chosen by Firestar to take control. Sharpclaw at that point was very eager and I’m sure he would’ve risen to become leader instead.
Windclan, as one of the most equal clans was founded by a she-cat, but is then followed by 4 toms. Until one of the highest recorded female streaks began (3 she-cats). If Birchstar (who follows after Ivystar) is a she-cat then it’ll be the joint highest streak. Beating Riverclan’s streak of Dovestar, Birchstar and Darkstar but joining with the highest female leader streak to date: Shadowstar, Hollystar, Brindlestar and Lilystar. In case you were wondering, the highest male streak is from Thunderclan of 10 male leaders. Don’t worry I’m not going to list them all.
Shadowclan has had the highest female streak of 4 but hasn’t had a she-cat leader for over 13 years!! Since Dawnstar! Riverclan and Skyclan are the only clans with she-cat leaders at the moment.
But who is your favourite leader? And why? Is it a she-cat or tom? Or to you does sexism not exist in the Warriors world?
Let me know in the comments!