Joanna Russ





Joanna Russ


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in New York, New York, The United States
February 22, 1937

Died
April 29, 2011

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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 and satire.

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The Female Man

3.55 avg rating — 3,704 ratings — published 1975 — 22 editions
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How to Suppress Women's Wri...

4.25 avg rating — 704 ratings — published 1983 — 3 editions
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We Who Are About To...

3.72 avg rating — 388 ratings — published 1976 — 6 editions
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Picnic on Paradise

3.48 avg rating — 260 ratings — published 1968 — 9 editions
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The Adventures of Alyx

3.58 avg rating — 176 ratings — published 1968 — 4 editions
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And Chaos Died

3.52 avg rating — 171 ratings — published 1970 — 6 editions
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To Write Like a Woman: Essa...

4.06 avg rating — 111 ratings — published 1995 — 2 editions
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Extra (Ordinary) People

3.82 avg rating — 134 ratings — published 1984 — 5 editions
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On Strike Against God

4.37 avg rating — 90 ratings — published 1980 — 4 editions
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The Two of Them

3.50 avg rating — 129 ratings — published 1978 — 6 editions
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“As my mother once said: The boys throw stones at the frog in jest. But the frogs die in earnest.”
Joanna Russ, The Female Man

“This is the underside of my world.

Of course you don’t want me to be stupid, bless you! you only want to make sure you’re intelligent. You don’t want me to commit suicide; you only want me to be gratefully aware of my dependency. You don’t want me to despise myself; you only want the flattering deference to you that you consider a spontaneous tribute to your natural qualities. 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 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. On top of it all, you sincerely require me to be happy; you are naively puzzled that I should be wretched and so full of venom in this the best of all possible worlds. Whatever can be the matter with me? But the mode is more than a little outworn.

As my mother once said: the boys throw stones at the frogs in jest.

But the frogs die in earnest.”
Joanna Russ, The Female Man

“Long before I became a feminist in any explicit way, I had turned from writing love stories about women in which women were losers, and adventure stories about men in which the men were winners, to writing adventure stories about a woman in which the woman won. It was one of the hardest things I ever did in my life.”
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