An author by the name of Aminder Dhaliwal has a new book out which imagines what would happen if the population of men were gone. From the Amazon description:
“The hilarious and wildly popular instagram comic about a world with no men.
With her startling humor, it’s no surprise that Aminder Dhaliwal’s web comic Woman World has a devoted audience of more than 150,000 readers, updated biweekly with each installment earning an average of 25,000 likes. Now, readers everywhere will delight in the print edition as Dhaliwal seamlessly incorporates feminist philosophical concerns into a series of perfectly-paced strips that skewer perceived notions of femininity and contemporary cultural icons. D+Q’s edition of Woman World will include new and previously unpublished material.
When a birth defect wipes out the planet’s entire population of men, Woman World rises out of society’s ashes. Dhaliwal’s infectiously funny instagram comic follows the rebuilding process, tracking a group of women who have rallied together under the flag of “Beyonce’s Thighs.” Only Grandma remembers the distant past, a civilization of segway-riding mall cops, Blockbuster movie rental shops, and “That’s What She Said” jokes. For the most part, Woman World’s residents are focused on their struggles with unrequited love and anxiety, not to mention that whole “survival of humanity” thing.
Woman World is an uproarious and insightful graphic novel from a very talented and funny new voice.”
Hollywood Reporter did an interview with this feminist. Read the whole interview here. From their report:
“In Aminder Dhaliwal’s Woman World, the end of the world has arrived… for men. The new graphic novel from Drawn & Quarterly collects a series of Ignatz Award-winning cartoons by the former Cartoon Network storyboard director (Dhaliwal now works for Disney TV Animation) set in a future where mankind has died off for mysterious reasons, leaving women in charge of everything — and the result is gentle, hilarious and arguably a far better world than the one we currently have.”
The feminist just wants the book to encourage women to “miss” and “admire” men. From the interview:
“The word “feminism” often sparks an instant negative reaction online. I thought creating a comic in which men have gone extinct was exactly what internet misogynists would expect a “feminazi” to do. So within that construct, I wanted to focus on the love and sweetness of the world and make the women miss and admire men.”
My boyfriend is in the military. I already admire him. And I get plenty of chances to miss him when he is deployed, especially when he was in the sand box for a year.
The feminist also wants to explore a “softer approach to masculinity.”
“I was thinking of what movies explore a softer approach to masculinity, and Paul Blart hits that fun spot. It’s about a soft authority figure — a new kind of masculine. I love the idea of future anthropologists studying the 21st century and finding inaccurate forms of media to define a culture.”
Did I mention that my boyfriend is in the military? That “new kind of masculine” isn’t going to go over so well in a combat zone. And we’ve already got that kind of masculinity (or lack thereof). Ever hear of a Soy Boy?
The feminist author is free to write whatever fiction she wants. Her product certainly won’t be making its way onto my bookshelf.
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