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A Futuristic Perspective of a Brainwashed Male

Sweat kept my palms slick, despite my persistent efforts. No amount of talcum powder or hand towels seemed to help. I guess its just one of those things that only happens to men now. The Alpha Gene discovery changed a lot more than just the appearance of women. Or even men for that matter.

Half a century ago, genetics research made the second most prominent discovery in history, right in line after DNA. A dormant gene lay hidden in the X chromosome, which, once activated, could boost stamina levels to incredibly high ranges, increase the size of the brain to unheard of proportions, and cause the human body to rapidly evolve new adaptations. Mankind rejoiced, believing we were embarking on the next stage of evolution. Finally. But the euphoria faded quickly with the realization that the gene could only be activated when the combination of chromosomes was X and X. Not X and Y. And thus, the long history of male domination ended.

In the beginning, the activation of the gene in women was strongly encouraged. It was viewed as a benefit to human civilization – in the Western world at least. The usual culprits called for Jihad to wipe out what they saw as an affront to the natural order, not that their nations even had the means to implement the gene therapy. In Europe and North America the future was ushered in with great gusto and good order.

It wasn’t orderly.

The Alpha Gene quickly was re-christened as the ‘pink’ gene, and the carefully screened women who were chosen to taste the heady wine of super-humanity conspired to bring it out in other women. Their birthright, they called it. By the time the secret propagation was discovered the numbers were too large to control. Neo-Amazons began to seize control everywhere. With their newfound physical, intellectual, and now military and political strength, it didn’t take long to topple the ruling sex – men.

Within three decades, women controlled every single arena in which men formerly dominated. Men everywhere, regardless of class or race, banded together: seeking to protect their integrity through solidarity. These efforts proved futile when it was revealed that the Alpha Gene allowed women to reproduce without needing sperm. Halleluiah! Was the general female cry. The last shackles had been cast off. Men weren’t needed anymore. Now they would be given a taste of the subjugation that they had forced women to drink from the beginning of history.

Men’s lives were reduced to lowest forms – begging on the streets, or providing entertainment for their female overlords, which consisted mainly of torture or sex, sometimes indistinguishable from one another. Soon, flimsy reasons were made to destroy even those miserable specimens. Men would be shot down for speaking to a woman, for daring to stare at any female passing by, for appearing in public without a female escort.

Tyranny ruled. The male population throughout the world dwindled to minuscule numbers. The few that remained became freak shows, remainders of the almost extinct ‘male race’.

Now, in the year 2067, I know all of this from my sire, who told me our history before being killed himself. I am currently waiting my turn in the annual competition that limits the number of men on earth. Only 10 men from each generation are allowed to survive. The poor fellow before me was killed instantly for answering one question incorrectly, while a crowd of queens looked on with smiling eyes and beaming faces.

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I am on my last question. If I answer correctly, my life will be spared. If not, my existence will be terminated. I am doomed either way.

The last question beeps onto my screen, and the faces surrounding my chamber lean in closer, studying me, murmuring.

“Which is superior in value? The Queen of Spades or the King of Hearts?”

Though I can read, the question is read aloud to supplement my understanding. I can’t help but raise my eyebrows. The answer is obvious.

The adjudicator, a pale, blank-faced woman, leans forward to speak into the microphone. Her voice is as hollow as her face:

“If you answer wrongly, the next button you push, will cause you to be…”

Pause.

Murmurs.

“…disintegrated.”

She completed in a breathy voice, genuine smile et all.

I smiled. Of course I knew the answer. I placed my palm on the button below the King of Hearts and pressed, smiling back at the adjudicator’s now shocked face. A collective gasp as my choice of answer flashed out on their screens. I felt my body begin to vaporise.

Freedom at last.
The actual title of the piece is in the deviation itself. Apparently, it didn't let me type out the whole title O_o So this piece won me the third prize at a recent Creative Writing Competition. My first foray into sci-fi, so I'm pretty pleased with it! The Audio cue was this woman saying "the next button you push, will cause you to be...disintegrated" Think I used it well enough? Critique is welcome :D

EDIT: I -completely- forgot to say, my awesome editor is the reason the piece doesn't have rough edges. Much love to *NobodysSon:iconnobodysson::heart:!
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TKek Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Mean. Straight to the point. Very nice writing.
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Calyptra Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
LOL Mean?! :paranoid:

and danke :D
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Multichrome Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
You scare me. :ohnoes:
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Calyptra Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
XD!

What makes you think that's also my personal view? Also, the deviation scares you, not me! :lol:

Thank you for dropping by!
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Multichrome Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
Way to be technical. xD

Speaking on technical, we're technically neighbours. :O
*pokes country on profile*
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Calyptra Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
yes, well technicalities are important!

And I know, I dropped by and noticed! ;)

:turbopoke:
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Multichrome Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
:iconimhappyplz:
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andanar Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Reminds me in style of Neil Gaiman who I love. Wonderful writing.
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Calyptra Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Oh WOW. Being compared to NeilGaiman... you have no idea how flattering that is! XD Thank you so much!

Also, you commented on the contest thread as well, yes?
Thank you.
Some of the narrow minded people there are making my hair stand on end :| Liked your comment though! :D

And thank you SO much for the fav! Much appreciated! :D
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andanar Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You're most welcome. I did, and some of their attitudes make me very angry. No doubt I'm damned in their eyes but I can live with that ;)
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Calyptra Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Agreed! I ended up getting into as well, even though I don't intend to. And here I was trying to delude myself by thinking noone could be THAT ignorant... and people love to prove me wrong :|
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andanar Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
If they aint tried it, they can't judge. And I refuse to be lectured on matters of sex and sexuality by an ignorant fifteen year old virgin!
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Calyptra Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, that just makes everything she says so much more ironic doesn't it? I highly doubt she's even hit puberty yet. XD

and thanks for faving my other piece as well :lol:!
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andanar Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
The irony of her doing so and discovering she was a lesbian or bi would be just too sweet.

Most welcome; you have a strong gallery - enjoying looking through it.
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Calyptra Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Oh God, would it be wrong for me to pray for that to happen? :lmao:

And thank you once again! For the kind word and the watch! Hope I don't disappoint! :lol:
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TheKingofFall Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009   Writer
Overall, the length heavily benefits this peace but the main problem I found was that it jumped around over much.
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Calyptra Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
*piece :P

And I'm trying to rework the whole place anyway, so :)

Thanks! <3
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The-Inkling Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009   Writer
Considering that most of it was background information to explain the setting; that turned out rather well.
Very nice. Especially the subtle use of sounds in the end.

And of course as others have mentioned before, there is the concept of it.
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Calyptra Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks ^_^
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TheBrassGlass Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
Interesting and bizarre. This possible future intrigues me; it's nice that you've made the women into everything we criticize about the ignorant men in our time. It goes to show that things may change, but some things never really do.

Nice. :thumbsup: :D
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Calyptra Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Thank God someone noticed XD My unconscious works better than my conscious obviously. How I managed to work ALL that into the piece in 45 minutes is beyond me at the moment.

*puts a :cookie: on your plate*
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Sheekaka-Sannin Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
So trade one extreme for another? From near-total male domination to complete female domination?
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Calyptra Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Actually I was going to write a flipside to that as well... should be getting down it soon :)
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cretena Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
Omg this was so interesting! I love the way you've incorporated the audio, it wasnt obvious at all...bravo!

ps- how do you manage to keep copies of your entries? Or do you write superfast and write twice? O_o
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Calyptra Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Thank joo! Bhery much!

and depends on the piece. If its small enough I make another copy. Otherwise I go back later and ask for it, or if they're not willing to hand over the original, get a photocopy done. :)
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squanpie Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
scary stuff...
but well written scary stuff =p
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Calyptra Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Glad to hear that =D
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Inherithus Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008   Interface Designer
:clap:
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Calyptra Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
:bow:
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NobodysSon Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
You know, I actually like the shortened title better than the original. It never struck me that the male protagonist was brain-washed. If he had been he would have wanted desperately to pass the test, I would think.
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Calyptra Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Brainwashed is in the title because there is a perspective from the women's side as well. I will be writing that soon too ;)
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