It was that noted American philosopher and political commentator James Brown who once declared that It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World. But what if he was wrong? What if the men stopped being born? Die out? What if new-borns were all girls? What would a women’s world look like?
That is the question Aminder Dhaliwal is asking in her surprisingly gentle comic graphic novel. The future she imagines is no hellish dystopia. Rather, it’s a place where women band together and build hospitals and help each other out. It’s as if with the men gone aggression and violence just disappears. Who would have thought?
Not that Woman World is a feminist statement about the superiority of women. It’s actually a slyly humorous take on an all-female community that is both a celebration of female friendship and a chance to take an affectionate hand out of it too.
The humour that results is both sweet and salty. And, okay, maybe just a little feminist too. When a pair of stilettos are found one future woman tries them out as an experiment and takes notes. All she can come up with is: “… Some sort of construction boot to create small holes?”
And where are the men in all this? We are represented by a DVD of Paul Blart: Mall Cop. That, gentlemen, is our legacy.