It Wasn’t Enough by Peg Tittle

“My tag line is ‘Philosophy with attitude. Because the unexamined life is dangerous.’”

Those are author Peg Tittle’s own words, describing her writing style in a recent TMR interview. One of her latest books is It Wasn’t Enough and it certainly bears out her statement above. The premise of the book is (from a philosophical/social science standpoint) what would happen if all women suddenly disappeared from the planet? This includes females of all ages. Gone. In what ways would the lives of men be impacted? What about in the business world? Child care? The sex trade? Would they even care? Ms. Tittle covers a wide range of possible scenarios, in a no-holds-barred way.

The first man we meet is Andrew, who wakes up one morning to the sound of his young boys crying for their Mommy. Andrew has overslept because his wife typically wakes him and takes care of the boys while Andrew takes care of himself. Now, he is running late, has to feed and dress both boys (ages 2 and 4), then get them to daycare. When he arrives at daycare, it is chaos because there are no daycare workers, who are typically women. So he has to take his kids to work. Andrew works as a Project Manager, but since there is no receptionist, Andrew’s boss makes him answer the phones (which Andrew has no clue as to how to do) and because he is no longer fulfilling the requirements of his position, gets his wage knocked down to the receptionist’s lowly one.

The organization that made so many men’s productive lives possible had been due, one way or another, to women. Take a look at any man without a fleet of women behind him. He flounders and bullshits his way until some woman, still deluded by everything takes pity on him. Or some other woman gets annoyed enough, by him, by everything, to just do it herself. As in the home, so too in the office.

Other men, after losing their jobs, turn to (or are forced into) the sex trade. When men start to see how society has been running on the backs of women and how they must do all the menial tasks themselves, things turn ugly as all that pent-up testosterone needs to be released. She also looks at the loss of women on a global scale, for who make up the majority of the workers in Asian factories (sweatshops) where most of our goods are made? Yes, women and young girls.

And of course, it wasn’t just knapsacks that were made in sweatshops. Electronics were also made in sweatshops, By women. So when James asked Andrew to buy him that laptop in lieu of the following week’s wages, it was too late. The store he’d visited, and most others like it, had closed. Their shelves were empty. There would be no more laptops, or tablets, or phones, or mp3 players
Or NFL jerseys. They were also made in sweatshops. By women. And any jerseys already made were just sitting in a warehouse somewhere. Because the clerical force that had arranged golf meetings and hotel accommodations had also arranged international communications, trade shipments, money transfers…
Bottom line, none of the teams would get new jerseys that year. And that’s when the situation really made the news.

I noticed that at Amazon, It Wasn’t Enough is listed under Science Fiction but it is more speculative social science than physical science. Ms. Tittle doesn’t take it upon herself to explain how all women disappeared without a trace, nor why or if they would ever be coming back. Interestingly, there is a university professor that undertakes an examination of the implications of a world with no women, and that serves as a platform to delve a little deeper into the ethical and philosophical aspects of the situation. Ms. Title’s critical thinking expertise is well-demonstrated too, particularly in discussing the violence toward women exhibited in pornography. (She includes links to all her references at the end of the book.)

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Women’s subordination had been so systemic, it had been unremarkable. Now that the women had disappeared, and men had to take their places, fill their roles, the subordination was noteworthy. Newsworthy.
He sighed again. He’d concluded, soon after the women had disappeared, that there were two ways it could go. Either they, the men, would finally see the double standards, the sexism, and make corrections. Or they would just create a new subordinate class… it was no surprise that things would play out first and foremost through sex.

Examining a life without women as laid out in It Wasn’t Enough is eye-opening, if not downright horrifying. As I have said in my other reviews of Ms. Tittle’s books, you may not always agree with her viewpoint, but you cannot disagree with her methods of making her point. Recommended as a thought-provoking read.

*If you would like a free, no-obligation electronic copy of It Wasn’t Enough, you may contact Ms. Tittle directly at ptittle7 AT gmail DOT com.


About the author: Peg Tittle (pegtittle.com) has written five novels to date: Exile, What Happened to Tom (on Goodreads’ list of Fiction Books That Opened Your Eyes To A Social Or Political Issue), It Wasn’t Enough, Impact, and Gender Fraud: a fiction. She has also written several non-fiction books including Sexist Shit that Pisses Me Off and What If? Collected Thought Experiments in Philosophy. She was a columnist for the Ethics and Emerging Technologies website for a year, The Philosopher Magazine’s online philosophy café for eight years, and Philosophy Now for two years. She has degrees in Philosophy and Literature, and she has received over twenty Ontario Arts Council grants.

  • Publisher : Magenta (March 16 2020)
  • Paperback : 200 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1926891716
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1926891712

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Diane Tibert
January 10, 2021 17:40

Sounds like a man-bashing book. Similar chaos would follow if all men disappeared. The problem is not man or woman; it’s the individual who limits themselves to knowing how to run only half their life. It’s like driving a car and not knowing how to change a tire. It’s like living in a home with electricity and not knowing how to change a blown fuse.

I’m not saying there isn’t room for improvement. I just don’t believe bashing one lifts up the other.

In the end, man needs woman, and woman needs man. One without the other spells certain doom.

I’ll pass on this book. I love men, and I never want to live without them.

Diane Tibert
Reply to  James M. Fisher
January 10, 2021 18:25

Thankfully, we will never know who fairs better in the short term. As it would be short term. One without the other means in less than 100 years, they’d all be dead with no way to reproduce.

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Reply to  Diane Tibert
January 11, 2021 11:05

I don’t consider such a book as “man-bashing” in the least. It presents a concept as a means to try to convey what many people, men and women, are still failing to understand about our society.

Think of it as a fable, in the old tradition of fables, intended to convey messages in a way that might help people understand something better.

You might as well accuse Margaret Atwood as being a “man-basher”. No doubt she does get called that. But she isn’t in the least. She does the same thing as what Ms. Tittle is doing. And Atwood has received a great deal of highly favourable attention and appreciation for her work.

There are plenty of examples out there of what constitutes real man-bashing. But it sounds like this book isn’t one of them. I suspect Mr. Fisher would be one of the first to recognize genuine man-bashing. And I have no doubt he would “pass” on a book that was about real man-bashing. Same as I would trust that he would “pass” on a book that was woman-bashing.

Do Atwood’s books fall in the category of Science Fiction as well? Just wondering. If so, Ms. Tittle is in excellent company.

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