The Gate to Women's Country
So I took this class in a genre I had no interest in, and the teacher was all gung-ho about sf b...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
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
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 fascist 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 sc...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.
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
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
In this one she tak...more
I found the inclusion of the Holyland in the story to present an alternative society where the power equation wa...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
Like most sci-fi by women, there isn't enough action or technology; gender roles are explored through interpersonal relationships, and...more
This is hardly a review, just some initial thoughts.
First, this book gets 4 (more like 3,5) stars because it was really well written, with an amazing premise which, nevertheless, was explored in some ways I found fantastic and some I found terrible. It's not the thing I'd recommend gratuitously, only to really well-read readership. Truth is, the fact that I had read beforehand an interview of Tepper's which w...more
Quite awhile ago I'd been told what the Big Reveal was but had completely forgotten what it was. However, by pg. 60 with mention of the Laplanders' selective breeding of reindeer, it seemed obvious what Woman's Country's big secret...more
The story contains an ugly sort of feminism, but I've read so many books where women are supressed that it didn't feel too bad to go the other way for once.
The author gave a point of view from every faction except the servi...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
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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
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....Long ago, they used machines and drugs to keep the unhealthy and unfit ones of us alive. In that past time it was believed that all persons must have children. It was a right deemed so precious that it was forced upon even those who did not value it or should not have had it. If one of our people became pregnant, our people used all their knowledge to assure the young would be born, no matter how sick or disabled. Then, if the young lived, they injected them and dosed them and radiated them and transfused and transplanted them, to keep them alive, and then, when they were grown, they used all their skills in assisting them to have children of their own.”