The Matriarchs deemed men too aggressive. #GeneticEngineering took care of that. #99cents #Kindle http://amzn.to/2spaL69 #scifi

Excerpts from The Journal of Kora Smithson, Founding Mother
(Found in Aurora’s files for Eliza’s Revenge)

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We’ve been on the ship for two months, and some of us from NOW have been thinking that the boys we’ve brought with us from Earth are too old. They have already learned concepts which will taint the new stock of boys we will generate through artificial insemination. S– is a genetic engineer, and she says it is possible to ensure that our new stock will not be tainted if we simply make a few genetic adjustments to the sperm we have stocked. She says we can virtually eliminate, over time, the aggressive characteristics which cause males to be so objectionable on Earth.

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We have recruited, very quietly, a few other scientists to the cause. We know many here would be unwilling to make genetic alterations. Some have seen the harm done by the immoral Earth scientists who have created new species with no thought for the consequences. We are not corporation profit-mongers, however. We are doing this for the good of all.

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We are fortunate to have detailed genetic information about every sperm sample in storage. The Council on Earth may not have wanted to tamper with genetics, but they had no hesitation about screening the genomes we brought with us. We can map exactly where the traits are that we will adjust. Very minor adjustments, not like eliminating a disease. And by studying the profiles of the donors, we have determined where to find the qualities we most want to perpetuate. We believe we can ensure a stock of cheerful, nonaggressive young men. It will be a great day for us when the first male child is born. But that is long to come.

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We will have to make the changes very subtle — so that their choices will seem voluntary on the part of the men. It will be a much longer process than we first envisioned. We will boost what have in the past been called the feminine traits (Ha! Ha!)  It will be necessary to work also, one-on-one, with the boys and girls on board ship. A comment here and there should be enough to sow the idea among the youngsters that the boys are here for procreation and child care only. Since the boys have no male role models and see only women doing all the tasks of running the ship, it should not be too difficult, at least with the younger ones, to make them believe such tasks are women’s work.

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We have begun calling ourselves NEW —  New Emerging Women. It seems only fair that after centuries of repression on Earth, the men of our new society should be limited to child raising and housekeeping. But some of the others would not agree. They are too willing to risk us all because they are afraid to tamper with nature.  Just because the patriarchal corporate system on Earth destroyed the environment and created abominations for their games is no reason intelligent women should refuse to use techniques which can ensure we will never have to face male tyranny again.

 

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