Tuesday, January 21, 2014

World Without Men — Charles Eric Maine

Boy, do I remember this book cover. I read it when I was about 13, in 8th grade, and I vividly remember being criticized by a teacher for having it with me when I was supposed to be reading Greek mythology or something similar. The cover was rather lurid for junior high school in 1959.  I didn't realize it was so charged with meaning.  I'll have to find this somewhere and read it again, 50-odd years later, with a more mature perspective :) It's not too pricey at AMAZON.

This is from The Men's Rights Initiative

Charles Eric Maine’s saw it coming. His 1958 novel "World without Men" never received the praise and literary fame of George Orwell’s 1984 or Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, but Maine's book may have been a better indicator of things to come. Maine saw in the nascent feminism of his day (the immediate postwar period) as a dehumanizing and destructive force, that would lead to totalitarianism. Feminism deformed society in unnatural ways. Maine also grasped that feminism – the dogmatic delusion that women are morally and intellectually superior to men – derived its fundamental premises from hatred of men. He grasped that feminism entailed the end of dimorphism (the male and female gender) and also entailed a total rejection of all morality.
P. S Bob Wallace writes about this and other anti-feminist science fiction HERE.

1 comment:

  1. There are quite a few books written about a world without men. Some are available free on the Internet. Some I read as a teen, such as Laumer's "The War with the Yukks" (the Yukks being men) and John Wyndham had one called "Consider Her Ways," in which they ended up with an ant-like society. And John Boyd had one, too. Some of them run back into the 1800s, which shows writers were aware of the problem quite a while ago.