In Popinjay, Gender Police, GenPol, are the daily enforcers of society’s rules and ensure the daily security of the populace. Although they are not by definition “military”, they are often referred to as “militzia”, a corruption of the Russian word “militsiya”, and are equivalent to state police.
Walk through the toy section of any store: the toys are segregated by Gender. Even the colors are different: harsh, strong colors in the boys’ toy section; soft pastels in the girls. The male dolls for girls have soft, attractive features. These dolls look somewhat androgynous and even gay. The male dolls (I mean action figures) in the boys’ section are rough, tough, have scars, large square jaws, burr haircuts or beards, and come with weapons.
This is the real Currency of Power in today’s world: Collectivism. We are all One World. We are all members of a Global Village.
We are Borg.
To be clear, all the words strung together in a story must implant an image upon the reader, provide the reader with a sense of the here and the now through imagery by which the reader relates to and empathizes with the characters.
There is more of craft in writing than art. I know a few of the MFA Creative Writing gurus will disagree. However, writers have more in common with blacksmiths than with philosophers. We hammer away at the forge of Story, pounding our red hot words into a shape that will not only be pleasing to our readers but also purposeful and useful.
The irony of the situation wasn’t lost on her. Having been branded a neo-eugenicist as well as a racist and fascist—even baby killer—for decades, Dr. Zeman was now being hailed as the savior of humanity with her creation of the synthetic Z Chromosome that had virtually stopped not only genetic gender birth defects but a myriad of genetic birth defects as well.