Throne of Terra this topic grew a set of legs while I was sleeping.
I know this was a tongue in cheek comment, but there is a real reason why we don't see Brothers of Battle.
In the aftermath of the Age of Apostasy the Ecclesiarchy was forbidden to have to have men under arms (though this is not always followed). Having militia is one thing, but attaining the supply and equipment required for these Brothers of Battle would require some serious collusion with someone with real pull. And even then, it probably would be relatively short-lived.
Yes, my comment about 'male' Sisters was highly tongue in cheek.
I was using it to point out how people seem to accept that SoB are female (and only female) without question, yet cannot seem to accept that Astartes are male (and can only be male). I actually find the fact that you couldn't even call them Sisters and immediately started calling them 'Brothers of Battle' quite humourous.
As you pointed you- the reason Sisters are female is embedded in the lore. No one questions it. Yet, if you think about it, the lore regarding it comes down to a group of politically powerful windbags (high lords of terra) merely saying 'this shall
not be' where, in the case of astartes, the lore states 'this cannot
be'. Yet, from what I have seen, the astartes lore is consistently the one being questioned even though it is the most set in stone.
The closest thing is Euphrati going on her soapbox about something that no one had brought up.
It was brought up. The core concept of the post was what I was questioning. It is what the thread is, at its root, about. The OP was mulling over the thought of a scientific reason why the lore is how it is. Why the astartes process only works on males. My post, if you read it carefully, is questioning why does this bit of lore need a reason
above and beyond what is already stated?
Then maybe reread it since she was the one blasting people about female space marines not making sense. It didn't make sense for her to bring it up and not too much for you to support her. It basically was a strawman that she crushed (as strawmen tend to go).
Perhaps I am misunderstanding you here (or you are misunderstanding me). I am, in a round about sense, agreeing with the OP- astartes are only male. My point was that the lore is absolutely clear about the topic (regardless of the lack of a detailed reason as to Why
) yet it gets constantly poked both by those trying to support it and by those trying to find a way around it. And my main question was why do people seem to gravitate to this topic over and over again vs all of the other fuzzy topics in the lore base of 30/40k? The only real reason that I can come up with (that isn't driven by some outside PC reason) as to why is that people hate absolutes.