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The Crux

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Long out of print, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s novel The Crux is an important early feminist work that brings to the fore complicated issues of gender, citizenship, eugenics, and frontier nationalism. First published serially in the feminist journal The Forerunner in 1910, The Crux tells the story of a group of New England women who move west to start a boardinghouse for me ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published July 29th 2003 by Duke University Press Books (first published 1911)
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Mar 04, 2008 Ideath rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of C.P. Gilman, devotees of the old West, people interested in historical feminisms
I love Gilman, even though she's dated. I mean, who isn't dated? She wrote this book the year my grandfather was born. Of course her feminism won't be cutting-edge. The introduction prepared me to be horrified by the eugenicist overtones of the novel and a greater focus on CPG's biological feminism than some of her better known works.

But you know what? The "eugenics" bit - don't marry someone with an untreated/untreatable STD if your major goal is to have healthy children - bothered me less than
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A story about independence with the hope of progress for young women threatened by a society that often keeps them blind to the risks of sexually transmitted infections. The frequent times that the protagonist was told that marriage is a woman's duty made me want to barf. I almost thought that the story was rather Austenesque, but had fallen short of that in many ways. The long time misogynist cured of his hatred towards women. The idea that the developing west was an opportunity to grow, but ma ...more
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Dec 04, 2011 Ms_prue rated it liked it
Do not skip the foreword. If you do, you may just give up on this book as interminably dull, when in fact it's just rather slow building up to the dramatic climax and obligatory happy ending.
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'On ladies avoiding gonorrhea and syphilis' would be a better title for this book. The language is fit for a instruction manual and not for a novel, but it was an interesting read.
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a prominent American sociologist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and non fiction, and a lecturer for social reform. She was a utopian feminist during a time when her accomplishments were exceptional for women, and she served as a role model for future generations of feminists because of her unorthodox concepts and lifestyle. Her best remembered work today i ...more
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