The Female Man Utopia
In the Female Man, by Joanna Russ, a world called the Whileaway is introduced. Not only is it interesting, it takes place in the year 2869. This captivating world is told to us by a character named Janet Evason. She is married to a women named Vittoria, has two kids, and has worked in the mines, a radio network, six weeks as a librarian, a milk farm and a vegetable farm. Whileaway is a futuristic world where all males have died off on Earth (which is sectioned of into two continents which are North and South) and only females are left. There society is basically mapped out for everyone. At age five they start school and are taught how to fight, how to run machines, about law, transportation, and medicine. Their classes are grouped into five at a time, and by puberty they are done with school and sent out into the world. Then after it varies from person to person but most travel until age seventeen. By then they have achieved the Three-Quarter Dignity and are put into a labor force of some kind. Then at age twenty-two they would achieve Full Dignity and go off to get an apprenticeship, of maybe get married early. By the time they are twenty-five is usually when they are finally married and have a permeant house. Then at when they reach the age thirty they can take time off to have children. For five years they take a vacation to have and raise their child, and during that time they can read, write, paint, sing, etc. Whileaway society is all about working; so much so that its a “rule” to work every three hours a day on one task. They can be a brutal society at times and have duels in which can end in death. Also they are raised in groups of communities, and their marriages are not seen as monogamous. This Utopia, Whileaway, is fascinating to me because I have always wondered what it would be like if there was only one gender on earth, and this is one interoperation of what that could be like.
Russ, Joanna. The Female Man. Beacon, 1975.