The Gate to Women's Country
1. not-so-subtle ramming of author's opinions down the reader's throat, and poor characterization as a result:
from evil inbred religious extremists, to equally cliched women-are-the-sufferers Iphigenia play (not to mention those evil hyper-masculine men that make sufferers out of women)...
2. depiction of homosexuality as an illness that got successfully eliminated by some good ol' genetic manipulation
3. gender es...more
Basically, the book left a sour taste in my mouth... The only options for civilization (or anything resembling it) are a primitive, polygamous society that abuses its women and leaves infant girls out to die; roving bands of Gypsies that act as traveling whorehouses; and Women's Country where the "Damned Few" keep the truth...more
In this post-apocalyptic future, matriarchal women live in walled towns, carrying on agriculture, arts, crafts and politics. Men live outside the towns in warrior garrisons, to protect the women.
The story is about our heroine and how she learns some of the secrets of h...more
Maybe there was some sort of thing I missed the first time I read it in college, but mostly it made me mad.
They got rid of homosexuality, most of the men are brutes and facist and violent, except for the servitors. Yet the women still have sex with the brutish men even as they are trying to breed them out of existence.
Then you get some random sca...more
So I took this class in a genre I had no interest in, and the teacher was all gung-ho about sf b...more
This novel has a frame that I found especially irritating because the emotions described in the frame were never earned, and I did not find myself believing in or caring about them.
The inner story was, by contrast, quite engaging, and I found myself wishing that she had left out the frame entirely.
Women's country is the story of a society created after we almost wiped humans off the face of the earth with our wars. Their idea is to keep the women separated from the warriors. The boys are taken from their families at age five to train with the warriors. At age 15 they need to make a decision on whether they want to live inside the walls with the women or continue their lives as fighters. The wars that are fought include only the warriors so t...more
Like most sci-fi by women, there isn't enough action or technology; gender roles are explored through interpersonal relationships, and...more
I enjoy this book first and foremost for its detailed and fascinating depiction of a post-apocalyptic matriarchal society (much less depressing than A Canticle for Leibowitz). The characters are well-fleshed out and compassionately portrayed, even the villains. And despite the futuristic setting, this is...more
1) Dealing with eternal issues around gender, sex and violence in ways which have never really been done elsewhere.
2) Providing an exciting and well paced plot, with a major twist near the end.
3) Strong characters who are not morally black and white
4) A world which is neither fully a Utopia or Dystopia, but highlights the contradictions and ethical dilemmas such a society would face.
The great science fiction is first and foremost "literature of ideas." This is an interesting and emotionally powerful set of ideas in a well told story. One thing I think many of the critics of this book have missed is that it'...more
In this one she tak...more
One reviewer on Goodreads calls The Gate to Women's Country "gender essentialist, heterosexist, cissexist garbage," and it is, I suppose. First published in 1988,The Gate to Women's Country is very second-wave feminist and exhibits many of the problems one would expect from that description. It's also beautiful and sad and, while exclusionary, an otherwise excellent and enjoyable treatment of the issues that it did deal with.
The Gate to Women's Country examines an (honestly not-so-unlikely) hy...more
The world in this book is very well thought out, and feels utterly (and terrifyingly) believable. The dynamic between men and women in this dystopia is one that I definitely buy, though I do think the book edge...more
Okay, the premise of this book was good. It is about a dystopian society where women and men live separately in a matriarchal society. Men live as warriors and women maintain "civilized society" within the gates of women's country. They are the keepers of knowledge - medical, historical, sociological, etc. The story revolves around Stavia and flashes back from her childhood to her adulthood. Interspersed in the book are parts of the Helen of Troy pla...more
Not with this author.
In fact, I hated the first 25 pages. The writing was too forced, too 'overwrought,' as Tepper attempted to set up the background and history of her story....more
The overall concept was familiar to me, but although I knew where it was going to end up, there were some twists along the way. I've dubbed it "lady sci-fi," and I put The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood as the shining example of this genre I made up, with something like Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin and A Gift Upon the Shore by M.K. Wren to be lesser known but no less viable alternatives.
It is interesting/different in that the women are the ones in charge after the men blew u...more
Reading this in my teens made me start paying attention to how women were treated in f...more
In this future world, the main society featured is one where there are walled women's towns, ruled by a matriarchal council, and each town has a garrison of men that live outside the walls. The two only mix twice a year, for a festival that seems to be centered around procreation for the next generation. The novel showcases the powe...more
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Born near Littleton, Colorado, for most of her career (1962-1986) she worked for Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, where she eventually became Executive Director. She has two children and is married to Gen...more