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The end of men: the controversial new wave of female utopian fiction

By Sandra Newman

25 May 2022 · 9 min read

Editor's Note

The book genre of all-female utopia's is a complex arena. This Guardian essay cleverly discusses the evolution of the genre to where it is now.

All the men are gone. Usually this is conceived as the result of a plague. Less often, the cause is violence. Occasionally, the men don’t die and the sexes are just segregated in different geographical regions. Or men miraculously vanish without explanation.

Left to themselves, the women create a better society, without inequality or war. All goods are shared. All children are safe. The economy is sustainable and Earth is cherished. Without male biology standing in the way, utopia builds itself.

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