For generations, people have wondered what it would be like to have the women finally take over. As early as 1915, the classic utopian series-turned-novel Herland by feminist author Charlotte Perkins Gilman explored this very topic. The concept of a male-less society certainly invites intriguing questions. Can women govern themselves? Are they strong enough to survive? What about having a family, the basic structure required for a fully-functioning society?
Well, artist Aminder Dhaliwa decided to do her own take on this through a comic series, and the result is hilarious, unexpected, and well worth your read.
The series, entitled Woman World, debuted on her Instagram account on International Women’s Day in 2017. Branded as a sci-fi comedy, Woman World is about a post-apocalyptic world where only women have survived extinction.
It features interesting characters and storylines like the kind and hardworking mayor who is also a nudist, the insightful doctor who has undergone mastectomy, the eager young girl born artificially who turns to the tribe’s eldest member to learn everything about men and history, a compelling love triangle between some members of the tribe, the tribe’s collective efforts to try and ward off extinction, and many more.
Woman World stands out because it covers serious topics such as existentialism, sexuality, womanhood, and the female body, in a fun and witty way.
Oh yeah, and Queen B (or more specifically, her thighs) make a significant cameo throughout the series. Because, duh.
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If like me, you can’t get enough of this series, good news, Woman World has just been published! You can now order it here.
Art by Marian Hukom