“But what,” she asked, in evident perplexity, “what is a man?”
I must have read John Wyndham’s Consider Her Ways in my early teens. I went through a definite phase of reading every Wyndham book I could get hold of, and I was young enough to think ‘Rendezvous’ was a bizarre chapter title (The Day of the Triffids, that one). I still love reading him, for the intelligence of his writing as much as for his visionary imagination.
Discussing the idea of an all-woman society just recently (see A World Without Men) got me looking into who had written stories about such societies – and, importantly, stories that didn’t revolve around one man or a group of men having to interact with that female society.
John Wyndham’s Consider Her Ways is one such. Jane is transported spiritually into a future where there are no men, and has a discussion with a historian whose understanding of romance is very different from Jane’s, seeing it as a tool for the control of women.
(The future society is a sort-of dystopia reminiscent of Brave New World and works as contrast to our own. KayeM did a nice post about the anti-feminist sentiment in this future-vision, but I don’t really read it that way.)
I’ll finish with this thought for the day: