Before reading this book, I did sort of have an idea about how women were going to be treated. However, the level of brutality did take me by surprise. The idea of fewer and fewer females being born because they weren’t valued as much as males reminded me of other social cultures that have had the same situation, where women were less desirable. An example I’ve heard of, though haven’t studied extensively, are the Chinese. I am unaware as to if people still do it today, but male children were more desirable because they were able to carry on the family name, as well as take care of the elders as they grew up. Female babies were considered to be a waste of money if they couldn’t do these things and would often be abandoned or killed.
It also brought me to think about the possibility of a society where there were no women at all. One would think that it would be impossible, however, there was an article I came across not long ago about how same sex male couples could possibly reproduce without having an egg donor. Can you imagine the possibilities? It may actually be possible to have a world without one sex or the other. What could this mean for our society as a whole, if we have the possibility to maybe survive on our own without the other sex always having to be there. I feel like it would be a disaster if it got as far as some of the novels we have read. Though, I think it would be a good thing for our same sex couples to actually have children of their own. Everyone deserves a family. I guess it just comes down to how people use the technology
this is the link to that article.
Burdekin, Katherine. Swastika Night. New York: The Feminist Press, 1985. Print.