The Female Man

The Female Man Living In An Altered Past That Never Saw The End Of The Great Depression, Jeannine, A Librarian, Is Waiting To Be Married Joanna Lives In A Different Version Of Reality She S A S Feminist Trying To Succeed In A Man S World Janet Is From Whileaway, A Utopian Earth Where Only Women Exist And Jael Is A Warrior With Steel Teeth And Catlike Retractable Claws, From An Earth With Separate And Warring Female And Male Societies When These Four Women Meet, The Results Are Startling, Outrageous, And Subversive

Joanna Russ February 22, 1937 April 29, 2011 was an American writer, academic and feminist She is the author of a number of works of science fiction, fantasy and feminist literary criticism such as How to Suppress Women s Writing, as well as a contemporary novel, On Strike Against God, and one children s book, Kittatinny She is best known for The Female Man, a novel combining utopian fiction

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  • 214 pages
  • The Female Man
  • Joanna Russ
  • English
  • 06 January 2017
  • 9780807062999

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  1. says:

    I ve seen people argue, both here and elsewhere, that this book is outdated and no longer topical I m really confused what rose colored glasses they re wearing, because as far as I can tell, the majority of this book is still far too true I ve been in these places far, far too often to write off the circumstances in this book as some so flippantly have Give us a good bye kiss, said the host, who might have been attractive under other circumstances, a giant marine, so to speak I pushed him away What sa matter, you some kinda prude he said and enfolding us in his powerful arms, et cetera well, not so very powerful as all that, but I want to give you the feeling of the scene If you scream, people say you re melodramatic if you submit, you re masochistic if you call names, you re a bitch Hit him and he ll kill you The best thing is to suffer mutely and yearn for a rescuer, but suppose a rescuer doesn t come Sure, we don t have men telling us that we belong at home any or at least not as often There are women in the army now, female firefighters, women working in construction and architecture and mathematics But how many women are in active combat Zero How many women run Fortune 500 companies ALMOST Zero fewer than 5% There s still a significant disparity of women in mathematics and the sciences We still can t play male sports We re reduced to breasts and our sex often than even we want to admit We re still, after all this liberation, confined to the role of Chopin s Mother women strikingly often In college, educated women I found out were frigid active women I knew were neurotic women we all knew were timid, incapable, dependent, nurturing, passive, intuitive, emotional, unintelligent, obedient, and beautiful You can always get dressed up and go to a party Woman is the gateway to another world Woman is the earth mother Woman is the eternal siren Woman is purity Woman is carnality Woman has intuition Woman is the life force Woman is selfless love I am the gateway to another world, said I, looking in the mirror I am the earth mother I am the eternal siren I am purity, Jeez, new pimples I am carnality I have intuition I am the life force I am selfless love Somehow it sounds different in the first person, doesn t it Honey said the mirror, scandalized Are you out of your fuckin mind But the worst part about this the most terrifying aspect of this book is that the sentiment this book calls out still lay barely below the surface of, at the very least, American culture being American, I really can t speak to the rest of the world with much knowledge We claim to be a post feminist society, but patriarchal thinking still lurks beneath, and it takes very little prodding to bring its apologetics to light, in both men and women It s somehow worse that we think that this is all past us, I think, because by pretending it doesn t exist, we re simply letting it live We re letting the monster continue its devouring cycle, eating us all as we go about our lives, like the invisible aliens sucking away human brains in They Live that only those with the goofy glasses could see I m a sick woman, a madwoman, a ball breaker, a man eater I don t consume men gracefully with my fire like red hair or my poisoned kiss I crack their joints with these filthy ghoul s claws and standing on one foot like a de clawed cat, rake at your feeble efforts to save yourselves with my taloned hinder feet my matted hair, my filthy skin, my big fat plaques of green bloody teeth I don t think my body would sell anything I don t think I d be good to look at O of all diseases self hate is the worst and I don t mean for the one who suffers it Women are still considered inadequate in so many circumstances Our own autonomy and ability to make decisions for ourselves regarding basic medical procedures and life choices is still not only questioned, but those rights are actively being stripped on a regular basis And when we dare to say, how dare you we get slapped in the face We get laughed at We get told our concerns are ludicrous And that s without taking into account societies that still exist where women can be jailed for driving The countries where mutilation of women is still allowed and accepted Where wives are still bought and exchanged as property, where they can be beaten and bred like livestock.But sure, we re post feminist Really Alas, it was never meant for us to hear It was never meant for us to know We ought never be taught to read We fight through the constant male refractoriness of our surroundings our souls are torn out of us with such shock that there isn t even any blood Remember I didn t and don t want to be a feminine version of the heroes I admire I want to be the heroes themselves.What future is there for a female child who aspires to being Humphrey Bogart I wish this book were much outdated than it is I wish I didn t see my own experiences in Jeannine and Joanna I wish I hadn t been to that party where I was called a shrew for saying no In a society where a white man serves less time in prison for a rape conviction than a black man does for possession of half an ounce of an intoxicant while the woman in the assault is blamed for inviting it, something is still royally fucked up, and those who don t see it are deceiving themselves Her secret guilt was this She was Cunt.She had lost something Now the other party to the incident had manifested his essential nature, too he was a Prick but being Prick is not a bad thing In fact, he had gotten away with something possibly what she had lost And there I was listening at eleven years of age She was out late at night.She was in the wrong part of town Her skirt was too short and that provoked him She liked having her eye blacked and her head banged against the sidewalk.I understood this perfectly I reflected thus in my dream, in my state of being a pair of eyes in a small wooden box stuck forever on a gray, geometric plane or so I thought I too had been guilty of what had been done to me, when I came home from the playground in tears because I had been beaten up by bigger children who were bullies I was dirty.I was crying.I demanded comfort I was being inconvenient I did not disappear into thin air.I don t think this is just a story that speaks of the frustration of women, though I think this is the struggle of the Other in all forms I see this frustration in my gay friends trying to become recognized as a married couple as people at all in a state that has now legally endorsed segregation and discrimination on the grounds that they re offensive to certain parties I see it in my minority friends, especially those of mixed races, who try to function not as their race, but as individuals It s the struggle of the Other, not in the 1970s, but EVERY SINGLE DAY If we are all Mankind, it follows to my interested and righteous and rightnow very bright and beady little eyes, that I too am a Man and not at all a Woman, for honestly now, whoever heard of Java Woman and existential Woman and the values of Western Woman and scientific Woman and alienated nineteenth century Woman and all the rest of that dingy antiquated rag bag All the rags in it are White, anyway.The J s as they re known later in the book are each incarnations of the aspects of the Other who tries to remain functional in a society built against her Some of them are incarnations of wishful thinking the women or the self we want to be though Russ shows the flaws in those idealized selves, too, much than Gilman does in Herland , and the others are compartmentalized into the societies of the present or the past, but they make a compatible whole They are the Same They are still, for all their flaws and angst, us The sooner we see the alientation we still allow, the sooner we can actually have the liberty we claim already exists How am I to put this together with my human life, my intellectual life, my solitude, my transcendence, my brains, and my fearful, fearful ambition I failed and thought it was my own fault You can t unite woman and human any than you can unite matter and anti matter they are designed not to be stable together and they make just as big an explosion inside the head of the unfortunate girl who believes in both.Russ speaks, in this book, to a demon that still feasts in society We re not post feminist We re not all evolved past this shit, and I think she d still say that today We re deceiving ourselves into thinking that we ve evolved when we re still clubbing each other about the heads in order to feel morally, intellectually, socially superior Evolution s still going retrograde, and Joanna saw it in 1975 As my mother once said The boys throw stones at the frogs in jest But the frogs die in earnest.

  2. says:

    This book won a Nebula Award, and is considered to be a classic of feminist science fiction.I remembered that long ago I had read a short story collection by Russ Extra ordinary People and really disliked it I also read her novel We who Are About To and was seriously unimpressed But I didn t think I d read The Female Man, so I was willing to give it a go due to its classic status and all Reading it, I realized that I had actually started reading it long ago but I think I QUIT part way through, because only the beginning was familiar That is so unusual for me I hardly EVER quit reading a book But it was so bad.Seriously, stuff like this is why I don t call myself a feminist I just don t want to be associated It wasn t empowering, it was stereotyped and cliched, and DEPRESSING not depressing because of women s place in the world, depressing because the author comes through as a sad, lonely, bitter, nasty person, full of resentment and hate for EVERYONE I consider myself to be a strong, independent woman who at least tries to love life and embrace happiness and, according to this type of woman, that s not feminist.And on top of that, it wasn t even well written It s scattered, awkward, without any coherent plot It s just badly thought out like random thoughts and polemical jottings than an actual novel I guess one would call this a postmodern style, if one wanted to dignify it There are four main characters although one doesn t show up till most of the way through the book They are from different worlds, and there s some vague mention of travelling between worlds, which I suppose is the justification for it being called sci fi, but it s really of a metaphorical device, so that the different types of women can interact.Joanna is obviously the author In the book, she comes across as unhappy, and without much notable personality.Jeannine is a clich of a weak woman oppressed by Man She lives in a world where the Depression never ended, and is the worst stereotype of a librarian As a librarian, this offends me She has a fiance that she s not attracted to, she doesn t seem to like sex at all but she feels the need to Be With A Man and Get Married due to personal loneliness and social pressure.Jael is from a future world where women are at war with men She is the clich of the woman who acts like a Man because she thinks that is what one needs to do to get ahead She likes sex and has a cloned, nearly brainless male sex toy.Janet comes from Whileaway, an all female world men died in a plague 900 years ago This seems to be Russ idea of a utopia sort of It s AWFUL It s also kind of weird The women of Whileaway are kinda stocky, have big butts, and wear pajamas all the time no makeup, of course They re really smart and technologically advanced They live in group families, but travel separately all the time and don t form long lasting intimate bonds, usually They have sex, but it s a stress free, unromantic kind of sex There is a funny scene describing a dildo when a young woman from our world finds one on Janet s bed ok, that s the best part of the book They work very few hours, but because they are intelligent and therefore not suited to work they think they work all the time They re always changing jobs and being sent to different places, without any say so The death penalty is in effect for those who try to avoid these duties There s no overarching government and no wars, but the society, which is the same planetwide, seems just as oppressive as any government, and fatal duels are frequent and accepted Children live at home till 5, then are sent to cr ches, then leave to begin independent life at 12 All these peoples lives seem to be completely devoid of fun.From this, I take away that Joanna Russ probably likes big butts Oh, she also definitely likes smoking but doesn t like drinking She has serious problems forming deep relationships with lovers or children she really doesn t seem to UNDERSTAND intimate relationships at all , and she secretly wishes for an incredibly homogenous, organized society where everyone has an exactly equal place, without any need to put effort into developing your own identity and having to create that place for yourself Because life is hard, she s decided that the Reason is MEN When she fails to find common ground with other women, she says that s because those women have been subverted by MEN and MALE DOMINATED SOCIETY.I disagree strongly I don t think that, fundamentally, women are any different than men I don t think that a woman only society would be war free or homogenous Moreover, I don t WANT that homogenous kind of society on any level I would rather go through the trauma of finding myself than have an identity basically handed to me I don t think that the reason that people have problems in relationships or problems with loneliness is because we have two genders I think it s inherent to humanity People can have ALL KINDS of disagreements that have nothing to do with gender All men are not the same All women are not the same Yes, life can sometimes be really hard It can be lonely But really, the problem isn t sexism I m not saying that sexism doesn t exist, or that it doesn t need to be addressed but the real problems of sexism are not addressed here at all.I guess a surprising part of this book to me was the hatred of other women I expected the man hating But there is just so much vitriol here directed toward women It s like Russ is so unhappy that she deeply resents any woman who seems happy with her life She sees them as lying or brainwashed as Jeannines or Jaels She feels that individual success or empowerment and what society considers to be femininity are mutually incompatible It s actually a bit enlightening, to see this perspective but I just wanted to yell, No You re just WRONG You don t understand PEOPLE at so many points during this book.At one point in the book, Russ throws in a page or two of excerpts of criticism of her work I had to laugh, because I totally agreed with about 70% of it Part 7, Section III maunderings of antiquated feminismthis shapeless booksome truth buried in a largely hystericalof very limited interest I should another tract for the trash canburned her bra and thought that no characterization, no plotreally important issues are neglected whileanother shrill polemic which thethis pretense at a noveltrying to shock the usual boring obligatory references to Lesbianism and statutory rape no less drivel I don t have the book on me, so I copied that from a web page there were accurate bits in that section, I thought, but you get the idea Oh, the other funny thing is that in at least two places in the book she praises Kate Millett I met Millett She used to live on the Bowery, and she d occasionally stop by CBGB Gallery She came by one time during my club night, and started talking to me at the door She seemed almost unwilling to believe that the night was mine, how could a woman be in charge and then started yelling well, practically at me because the music that was playing wasn t a woman I tried telling her which was true that although the singer was male, the bass player in the band was a woman, but that didn t seem to count, somehow She was just going on about how I should support women Oh, and she was definitely bona fide CRAZY.

  3. says:

    This book is a complex and fascinating examination of gender roles and ideology In it, Russ contrasts and intertwines the stories of Joanna a 1970s feminist of a world much like, if not identical to, our own , Jeannine a young, fairly stereotypical woman of an alternate timeline in which the Depression never ended , and Janet a woman from the distant utopian future of Whileaway, a world with no men and only women , showing multiple variations on the issue or problem of sex difference alongside multiple responses to inequalities Joanna is outspoken and sees clearly the inequalities that surround her, even if she is not always certain how to best address them Jeannine is thoroughly indoctrinated in the ideology that says a woman needs a man and has neither the strength nor the apparent inclination to challenge this ideology and Janet, from a world without men, doesn t fully understand what the problem is After all, it has never been a problem for her She is what all women could be if sexist inequalities no longer existed Through Joanna, Russ is able to openly critique contemporary society For example, Joanna says, describing her education as a woman, I love my body dearly and yet I would copulate with a rhinoceros if I could become not a woman There is the vanity training, the obedience training, the self effacement training, the deference training, the dependency training, the passivity training, the rivalry training, the stupidity training, the placation training How am I to put this together with my human life, my intellectual life, my solitude, my transcendence, my brains, and my fearful, fearful ambition I failed miserably and thought it was my own fault You can t unite woman and human any than you can unite matter and anti matter they are designed to not to be stable together and they make just as big an explosion inside the head of the unfortunate girl who believes in both 151 Joanna is the angry woman, and, importantly, the woman who has every right to be angry She is a sick woman, a madwoman, a ball breaker, a man eater who doesn t consume men gracefully with my fire like red hair or my poisoned kiss but who violently destroys them 135 She speaks the anger of all oppressed women when she says, Alas, it was never meant for us to hear It was never meant for us to know We ought never be taught to read We fight through the constant male refractoriness of our surroundings our souls are torn out of us with such shock that there isn t even any blood Remember I didn t and don t want to be a feminine version or a diluted version or a special version or a subsidiary version or an ancillary version, or an adapted version of the heroes I admire I want to be the heroes themselves What future is there for a female child who aspires to being Humphrey Bogart 206.Jeannine and Janet each function in very different ways to illustrate the problem that Joanna rails against Jeannine is lost, unable to stand up for herself, unable to figure out just what she wants or what she should do when the things she should want do not satisfy her She hauls at the valise again, wondering desperately what it is that other women know and can do that she doesn t know or can t do, women in the street, women in the magazines, the ads, married women Why life doesn t match the stories I ought to get married. The lines of her figure are perfect, but who is to use all this loveliness, who is to recognize it, make it public, make it available Jeannine is not available to Jeannine If only she thinks he ll come and show me to myself 108 9 Janet, on the other hand, is thoroughly herself, competent and capable even as an expendable member of Whileawayan society , untainted by the evils of sexism and gender inequality As a result, she has trouble truly seeing the problem and recognizing why it is that Joanna and Jeannine are the way that they are She is constantly questioning and challenging the assumptions that underpin contemporary society For instance, she says, Now you tell me that enchanted frogs turn into princes, that frogesses under a spell turn into princesses What of it Romance is bad for the mind After all, why slander frogs Princes and princesses are fools They do nothing interesting in your stories They are not even real According to history books you passed through the stage of feudal social organization in Europe some time ago Frogs, on the other hand, are covered with mucus, which they find delightful they suffer agonies of passionate desire in which the males will embrace a stick or your finger if they cannot get anything better, and they experience rapturous, metaphysical joy of a froggy sort, to be sure which shows plainly in their beautiful, chrysoberyllian eyes How many princes or princesses can say as much 154 55 Her matter of fact approach to the world reveals just how silly and useless sexist ideology is The Female Man is challenging not just because of its ideas which are challenging enough for many readers, to be sure but because of its structure as well Russ alternates quickly and frequently between these three perspectives and narrative voices and also includes another narrative voice and perspective that remains mysterious until the penultimate chapter It can be confusing Most characters perspectives are presented in first person, which makes it even difficult to tell who is speaking But in the end, this difficulty pays off It is worth the extra effort in reading to have been able to see the world through so many different sets of eyes The experimental narrative style includes intrusions by the author as well, ranging in tone from the defensive to the hopeful In one passage, Russ includes fragmentary predictions of the criticisms her book will receive Shrill vituperative no concern for the future of society maunderings of antiquated feminism selfish femlib needs a good lay this shapeless book of course a calm and objective discussion is beyond twisted, neurotic some truth buried in a largely hysterical of very limited interest, I should another tract for the trash can burned her bra and thoght that no characterization, no plot really important issues are neglected while hermetically sealed women s limited experience another of the screaming sisterhood 140 1 And there s still that I haven t quoted Here, Russ quite simply beats her critics to the punch Call me and my book shrill and hysterical and you re making my argument for me, she says, in essence Dismiss this as merely political, merely feminist feminist as a bad word here, of course , and you prove me right The thing is, however, that this is not a mere trick on the part of the author, not simply a way of maneuvering her way to a victory over her critics this is a clear sighted recognition of the kind of response this kind of book had received in the past and would continue to receive in the future She shows the reader just how deeply engrained the ideas she battles are, for only ideas that are in some way important to the culture would be defended so strenuously If the sexist ideology she criticizes in The Female Man weren t fundamental, her criticisms could be ignored In the end of the book, Russ as author returns again, this time to address the book itself, sending it forth upon its mission to recite yourself to all who will listen and to not complain when you at last you become quaint and old fashioned, when you grow as outworn as the crinolines of a generation ago and are classed with Spicy Western Stories, Elsie Dinss, and The Son of the Sheik 213 She says, Do not get glum when you are no longer understood, little book Do not curse your fate Do not reach up from readers laps and punch the readers noses Rejoice, little book For on that day, we will be free 214.I have heard many people criticize the feminist movement as problematic because it will, of necessity, make itself irrelevant, destroy itself I ve never understood why these people saw this as a problem That, after all, is the point The feminist movement is a political movement to create change in a specific arena Most if not all feminists would rejoice if they no longer needed to call themselves feminists because the movement had done its job and Russ reminds us of that truth The feminism of Russ s The Female Man, even in its anger, is not a feminism of misandry or hatred but a feminism of hope for the future, a future that will require anger and a struggle in order to be reached This is a criticism that reaches toward utopia, an acknowledgement of the problem in a practical attempt to create something better Russ writes, Remember, we will all be changed In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, we will all be free I swear it on my own head I swear it on my ten fingers We will be ourselves 213 This freedom to be ourselves does not require as in Whileaway or the other future world described in the last part of the book a world without men it does, however, require a world without the sexist ideologies that have benefitted men and harmed women And this world would be, as the allusion here hints, Heaven It would be utopia.

  4. says:

    One of the best books I ve ever read Uncomfortable, frenetic, literary, and GODDAMNED MAGNIFICENT.

  5. says:

    Messily inventive, exuberantly expansive in design despite or because of its passionately angry core, vital and urgent and brilliant This is 70s post modern feminist science fiction, so basically hits most of what I want to be reading all in one go It overextends, perhaps, but in ways that suit its ambition and force of intent Of course, this was written in the 70s since then everything has changed Of course, this was written in the 70s since then nothing has changed Russ has many points to make here, personal, political, and sociological, but one of the overriding themes, equally applicable forever, is the significant effect exerted by sociopolitical context on personality traits A society s idea of its subsets is a strongly self fulfilling prophecy People become what is assumed of them.It s amazing that something this experimental and strange and urgent was released as a mass market genre paperback, but perhaps not surprising for its era

  6. says:

    UGH.This book had promise and about 10% of it is good science fiction The other 90% is unnecessary polemic, thankfully out of date at least I hope so I don t object to her feminism so much to the way she doesn t go anywhere with it The Left Hand of Darkness did a much better job of using science fiction to explore gender roles and identities.That said, there are two, yes, two, awesome scenes, and for them alone I kept reading The first is an interview of the Woman from the Planet of the s by 60s America The interviewer is darling in his uncomprehending as he asks if the women in Janet Eveson s world don t miss sex, and her blunt response that of course they have sex all the time I also liked how she says she is married but they insist on calling her Miss because, of course, her lesbian marriage isn t recognized by them I liked that We were in scene and getting the message.I guess my complaint is, the story is complex, but rather than let it be told, Russ spends very little time IN STORY, rather summarizing plot for us among endless stream of consciousness meanders that I guess are supposed to be poetic but come off merely dull.

  7. says:

    Suddenly I want to count how many women are in my life Is my doctor a woman Yes Is my dentist a woman Yes Were any of my professors women Yes Have I ever seen a female janitor or cop Yes Thank GOD a few things have changed since 1976, but still too much of this felt exactly like the awful things women are still told to accept as their role in the world Sacrifice yourself for men, who will tell you who you are When are you getting married so you can be a Real Woman barf People still say crap like this, it s just phrased differently so you don t recognize it Someday you ll want children, you ll feel differently when you re older No I won t Don t you dare tell me how I should feel or what I should want because I m a woman.The Female Man will rile you up like this it s screaming at the sexism and misogyny in the world, asking why why is it this way It makes no sense It gives you four versions of the same woman and shows you how they become completely different women because of attitudes towards women and gender they grew up with.This book made me proud of myself because I m Janet than Jeannine or Joanna And then I ask why Why am I this way Well, probably because the world has gotten a little better since 1976.

  8. says:

    Feminism has evolved and changed over the decades and this book was written during the Second Wave of Feminism often referred to as Women s Lib during the 1960s 1970s I know that it is difficult for young women born in the 1980s and later to believe some of these things, but there was a time when your career options as a woman were very limited you could be a nurse, teacher, secretary, or a housewife When I was in high school in the 70s and making high academic marks, I was strongly discouraged from taking typing classes something akin to some of the keyboarding classes offered today, but with archaic typewriters rather than computer keyboards because I was being encouraged to think of myself as a potential manager, rather than a secretary In those days, bosses dictated their letters and secretaries typed them no self respecting man knew how to type Even if you worked in one of these roles outside the home, it was expected that when you became pregnant, you would quit your job often, your employer would helpfully fire you to make room for a replacement who was not pregnant After all, women just worked for pin money, to supplement the household income for the fripperies that all women desire which of course justified paying them very little, as they weren t supporting a household the way that men were supposedly doing Hard to believe in these days when there are young women in universities than young men, isn t it Now, women are free to become doctors and lawyers, professions which to all intents and purposes barred female students until recently, or to take any other university courses that they desire.Birth control drugs were not an established thing the pill was just coming on to the market during these decades and was not always easily available Doctors were men, generally speaking, and reserved the right to tell you whether you were worthy of birth control And this was an improvement from earlier years when people could be arrested for giving out information on various birth control methods.If you were female and unmarried by your mid 20s, you were pitied Poor thing, you d never be a whole person and never have children Being a wife and mother was the be all and end all I don t think it even crossed most people s minds that you might be a lesbian, because there were so few women who were out of the closet Sure, a few folks might say nasty things like that behind your back, but most people just considered you pitiable.So, the Feminist Movement of this time period was very much a reaction against enforced domesticity Women had acquired the right to vote, but really didn t have many options in other facets of their lives The patriarchy was still firmly in place, and feminists had to roar in order to be acknowledged or heard at all, let alone change the status quo They burned bras as symbols of their sexualization for the benefit of men , and they demanded equal pay, equal educational opportunities, and equal access to the job market Some of the dedicated feminists declared themselves political lesbians, to protest society s ingrained sexism and compulsory heterosexuality They were removing themselves from the patriarchal structure in the only way they could find and in a way that during those years was guaranteed to shock.We ve come a long way, baby And if you don t understand this background, you also won t understand The Female Man Russ shows just how much male privilege dominated, how inferior women were assumed to be We still have a way to go see for example, the Jian Ghomeshi scandal at CBC or the lack of a sexual harassment procedure on Parliament Hill places where men still seem to hold the balance of power Male entitlement still exists, but it s circle is shrinking As Russ says as the end of the book, won t it be a happy day when readers of this book don t understand what she s on about

  9. says:

    Convoluted Relatable I left my smiles and happy laughter at home I m not a woman I m a man I m a man with a woman s face I m a woman with a man s mind Everybody says so Not for the faint of heart, this book makes you work for it You have to be on your toes to keep up, and suspend logistics at the door Beyond the mere words lies a greater truth and sadness permeating from reality into the multiverse of imagination.Russ deftly masticates on the implications of being man or woman, the repercussions transcending into the collective This book is as much a relevant commentary on the social norms of the 1970s as it is 2019 What is identity and how does sex shape our perception of the world, each other Often infuriating, Russ strikes a chord as she needles out ingrained cultural limitations tied to males and females Days after finishing this book, I m still thinking about it Worth an investigation Edit 17 days later, and moments of intensity still surface in revery of this unique novella Nights spent reading till the early hours The Female Man, not wasted There was a very nice boy once who said, Don t worry, Laura I know you re really very sweet and gentle underneath I am a telephone pole, a Martian, a rose bed, a tree, a floor lamp, a camera, a scarecrow I m not a woman When I say Them and Us I mean of course the Haves and the Have nots, the two sides, there are always two sides, aren t there I mean the men and the women You don t want me to lose my soul you only want what everybody wants, things to go your way you want a devoted helpmeet, a self sacrificing mother, a hot chick, a darling daughter, women to look at, women to laugh at, women to come to for comfort, women to wash your floors and buy your groceries and cook your food and keep your children out of your hair, to work when you need the money and stay home when you don t women to be enemies when you want a good fight, women who are sexy when you want a good lay, women who don t complain, women who don t nag or push, women who don t hate you really, women who know their job, and above all women who lose

  10. says:

    I think people are wrong when they say this book is out of date Many of the feminist issues Russ engaged with are still with us today, the double standards women are held to and the things men expect of them That part of the book seemed perfectly reasonable to me a little out dated, perhaps, as all of this sort of thing will become in just a few decades, but not irrelevant.The story, however I found it incomprehensible, buried under the weight of the feminist concerns and issues raised I would rather have read the story and the examination of the role of women separately, I think For me, I came to this book expecting a classic of science fiction, and to be honest, it doesn t seem like there s much It s a thought experiment, which can be done in literary fiction just as well better.I m a little uncomfortable with it being relegated to the class of science fiction, in a way, instead of being read as a classic in general So often that s used as a way to minimise the importance of a work oh, quaint old genre fiction, rather than oh, social commentary Those of us in the genre know how powerful a tool it is when used to examine society and if you don t, may I introduce you to the works of Ursula Le Guin , but in academic circles we re starting to see work on genre fiction part of my MA was on Tolkien, and mainly on his fiction and there s been some good work on fantasy and SF, but it s not as if any of that is even approaching the canon.I almost feel like rereading this in an annotated version, or a Norton Critical Edition, would help me appreciate it But just on the merits of it as a story no, I can t say it did much for me.

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