Womankind 18: Fruit Fly

Womankind #18: Fruit Fly

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by Womankind mag on November 10, 2018

Issue #18 ‘Fruit Fly’ has arrived, you can buy a copy from our online store or subscribe now. Available October 28 in the UK, Europe, and Australia; November 5 in Europe, NZ, and Asia; December 5 in the US and Canada.

What do humans and fruit flies have in common? Apparently, quite a lot. Our genetic makeup, scientists say, is unusually similar. But is there a common link between every human on the planet and every flower? Or every human on the planet and every mineral? Of course, we’re householders, you could say. We share a home, which is our planet, Earth.

Cultural critic Neil Postman once wrote: “Have you not noticed that you are on the same ship?” Postman liked to think of Earth as a spaceship; one that has been bobbing about in space for billions of years. And housed on this spaceship are millions of species, from sunflowers to fruit flies to people. “The story of Spaceship Earth has the power to bind people,” writes Postman in his book, The End of Education. “It is a story of interdependence and global cooperation, of what is at the core of humanness; a story that depicts waste and indifference as evil, that requires a vision of the future and a commitment to the present.”

Indeed, to accept that we’re stuck on this one big orbiting planet together is powerful enough to transcend race, gender, religion, wealth, and any other category we deploy to divide and conquer. We’re crew members, caretakers of a vulnerable space capsule, and this comes with enormous responsibility. It forces us to forget our points of difference and get on with the job.

Antonia Case, Editor-in-Chief, Womankind magazine

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What’s inside:

News from nowhere
Your world
Letters to Mars
Being an astronaut
Earthrise
Mars calling humans
Future dreaming
Tales of adventurous women
Is anybody out there?
The chemicals of happiness
An eye on the sky
Women against climate change
Womankind’s astronomy challenge
Spaceship Earth
My journey through the Anthropocene

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