By LauraHoult
3 years ago


In literature, there is a long tradition of female-only worlds. Male-only worlds are less common, but they exist too.

In this kind of utopias, this female-only worlds or male-only worlds often arrive due to the elimination of the other gender though wars, diseases or natural disasters.

These utopias have several problems to be real utopias. Their main problems are:
- They always disregard the other sex.
- There is not equality.
- There is not possible to procreate, so the human race will end.
- In most of them, there are not sexual decisions, you only can be homosexual.
- Just one gender rules the world in terms of politics, economy and so on.

There are some other fictional world societies in which everyone has both genders, none, or can change it whenever they want. Those utopias are called hermaphrodite worlds or genderless worlds.

I'm going to talk about the book "The Female Male" by Joanna Russ, which won the Nebula Award, as an example of what I have explained in order to make the explanation clearer.

The book talks about four women living in parallel worlds and times. Different views of gender roles.
Their world is technologically advanced, but their societies are mostly agrarian.

I want to focus in "Whileaway", which is one of the fictional worlds in the novel. It is supposed to be a female utopia set in the far future where all men died from a plague over 800 years ago (although it is said that they were murdered).
They are able to become pregnant because of the technology they have. So after mastering pathogenesis, women form lesbian relationships and take care of their children without the necessity of men.

So, as we can see, in this novel we have some of the main problems that gender utopias have. For example, no sexual decisions, just women ruling the world and disregarding men.

In conclusion, it is maybe a utopia for some women, but not for all and neither for any men.