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10:32 am: I has a feminist science fiction class!

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From:[info]bright_lilim
Date:November 20th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
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I'm probably the stupidest person in the world but: why is Left Hand of Darkness feminist? It doesn't have any female characters and it even has a society which doesn't have any women. Or is it enough that the writer is a woman?

Otherwise, excellent news! Congrats!
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From:[info]limyaael
Date:November 20th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

It has characters that are male or female depending on circumstances. (If you say that it doesn't have any female characters, you also have to argue that it doesn't have any male characters, either, except for Genly Ai, the male outsider). In effect, it gets rid of sex most of the time and then sees what happens to gender roles. One tenet of some kinds of feminism is that gender is socially constructed, not biological in the way that sex is; Le Guin describes this as her attempt to step beyond gender and see what happens.
From:[info]bright_lilim
Date:December 2nd, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
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"(If you say that it doesn't have any female characters, you also have to argue that it doesn't have any male characters, either, except for Genly Ai, the male outsider)"

Yup, I fully agree with that.
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