Stuff We Love: Y the Last Man reminds us that we're all human

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Apr 19, 2017

Wouldn’t it be great if women ruled the world? We would have no war, and we’d live in peace and harmony, right? I don’t know a single woman who hasn't had that thought when the men in their lives seem particularly thoughtless. In the fabulous comic book Y the Last Man, creators Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra took this concept to extremes.

In this series, which ran from September 2002 to March 2008, the men in the world suddenly die, including male mammals. Only two survive, Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand. What I love the best about this series isn’t the strong writing and the twists and turns the series takes. It’s the position that, no, a world run by women isn't going to be a paradise.

As with many a post-apocalyptic world, the survivors form factions and band together. Governments new and old still exist, but the rule of law is in tatters. Women beat each other, kill each other, even brainwash each other. As we know, women are more collaborative and less violent than men. We multitask better, and we score higher on IQ tests. I have always believed that 51% of our political offices should be composed of women, to represent the population. But here we see a world run completely by women, and it’s crippled and struggling to survive.

And that’s what I really love about Y the Last Man. It says what I’ve always believed:

In one scene, a woman known as Beth II defends a church against the Daughters of the Amazon, who see it as a symbol of patriarchal oppression. As Beth II says, “The church wasn’t f***ed up because it was run by men, it was f***ed up because it was run by humans.”