Glass Ceiling/Glass Floor: Dealing with Privilege and Discrimination 

The charmed person seems to be able to walk on air. The cursed person seems to have wonderful qualities, but something invisible holds them back.Those perceptions may not be reality.

The seemingly charmed person has been protected as he has been deceived and the game is rigged in his favour by means of a glass floor. He is not a magician, but a fool sheltered from the truth.

The seemingly cursed person has been exploited by the same force, making it appear he is less capable than he is. That same glass barrier is his prison as the rigged game has stopped him by a glass ceiling.

We talk a lot about glass ceilings, but we rarely examine the other side of the equation. What is a ceiling for one is a floor for another. It is a barrier where we can see people below us or above us, but we can't hear what they are saying.

The one who has the floor may think people are looking up to him, that he is a cut above them, or that he is walking over them on his way to the top. He is utterly sheltered and clueless that the divide is creating artificial groupings and enemies.

On the other hand, the one has the ceiling is also getting a distorted perspective. He can only guess what is going on from the other side, filling in the blanks with educated guesses. 

In the Patriarchal, the divide creates protagonists and antagonists.

With the Matriarchal, the point of the story is to break the barrier and bring the two groups together.

Theories are challenged from both sides of the equation. Divides are erased as the two must come together. Perceptions are challenged with first reality, and then truth. As above, so below, and we explore similarities as well as differences.

The story becomes a laboratory and the author learns to allow characters to grow naturally. It is a different way to find common ground, but we are drawn away from artificial barriers to see what makes us human and what motivates us to progress.