I’ve not read any of these yet! Though several were already on my TBR list.
Books discussed in this essay: Herland (Charlotte Perkins Gilman; 1915), The Female Man (Joanna Russ; 1975), The Gates to Women’s Country (Sheri S. Tepper; 1988), Woman on the Edge of Time (Marge Piercy; 1976), and Always Coming Home(Ursula K. Le Guin; 1985). Some spoilers.
What does a world look like where women are equal to men?
Women writers have tried to imagine such a utopia. Perhaps not surprisingly, for many of them it was a world without men at all.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland may be the earliest example of a feminist utopia. In Herland, three male explorers discover an isolated country in the South American jungle populated only by women. It is a perfect place, where women live in harmony with one another, spontaneously reproduce, and have advanced their society due to lack of conflict. The only fly in the ointment is their male visitors, who can’t help…
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