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Have sperm will travel. But what would an all-female planet look like?

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If you’re a woman who has despaired over the past week, as you’ve observed the questionable conduct of jowly white men in positions of power and subsequently seen it defended by both men and women – take heart. The good news is that when our species eventually abandons this burned-out, used-up planet for a brave new world elsewhere in the universe, we can leave the men behind too. According to new research by scientists in Barcelona, frozen sperm can survive zero gravity conditions without deterioration, meaning that it will be far more economical to transport only women and sperm banks to populate our new intergalactic home, just as soon as we find a viable alternative planet.

The idea of lost or distant worlds inhabited solely by communities of women who can procreate without men has been a staple of sci-fi and utopian fiction by women writers since the 19th century. Mary E Bradley Lane’s Mizora, a serial novel first published in the Cincinnati Commercial in 1880, sees Vera, a young political exile in Siberia, stumble on an all-female land which eschews conventional beauty standards (narrow waists are considered disgusting). On the minus side, it wholeheartedly embraces eugenics, eliminating any non-Aryans along with the men, so not perhaps the utopian model for our........

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