July 24th, 2021

Star Trek - Kirk and Spock

The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird

The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird was excellent and kept me on the edge of my seat. A pandemic kills most of men (of the cis variety, as well as trans women).

This novel was actually written before Covid, but of course it feels very real. I had a great time watching the movie Locked Down, but I know it made some of you anxious. If that was the case, this book is clearly not for you. I thought it was fascinating to see how many things the author had gotten right, as well as the few things she had gotten wrong. For example, hairdressers have a hard time finding clients during this pandemic, when IRL some people were obsessed with the idea of going back to the hairdresser's.

I have other novels with planets of mostly or only women, as it's a mini-trope of lesbian sci-fi (I especially recommend Ammonite by Nicola Griffith, which starts briefly with hard sci-fi, then switches to science fantasy). I would call The End of Men feminist, but not queer. Still, there are a bunch of POV characters (I could have done with fewer Catherine chapters...) and some of them are LGBT. Lisa is married to Margot from before the pandemic. Afterwards, Briony creates a female-only dating app that becomes a huge success and Mariana gets married to Jenny. Life is tough for gay men, who have become a micro-minority, and for trans people, since the pandemic is based on genes, not gender.

Content warning: several mentions of high suicide rates

A big thank you for the rec to justphoenix! :-)


The Japanese BL drama Given is available legally and for free on Crunchyroll. I won't watch it because I've already seen the anime (also on Crunchyroll), but I think it'll interest some of you.

Have a fun fanvid from the Chinese BL drama The Untamed! There are barely any spoilers, you can go ahead even if you haven't seen the show yet.