With all this new gender changing and gay marriages, there are small improvements in attitudes, but it is still a world of feminine and male, and the males just love weapons. No shortage of them in the world.
But it is not only humans. Animals are the same. The males fight! And they have the weapons growing on them. They, the human males, compete, whether in sport or business. Now women do rough men's sports too. I reckon, personally this is good for the ones who want to do it.
However, a softening in the maleness right now might be beneficial to an endangered world. It is great that fathers can now be seen caring for their babies without being laughed at, like when I was young. A long time ago.
Now I have better read about the book!