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The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four, and Five by Doris Lessing
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Jul 08, 11

bookshelves: sci-fi
Read in January, 2011

A little too gender-normative, but interesting nonetheless. An exploration in prose of the limits of absolute femininity and masculinity and the intersections between these idealized, romanticized and poetic realms. Lessing is a fantastic writer, but the absolute nature of her genders - here rather essentialist for sake of argument - was a bit frustrating. Lessing advocates a social meld between masculine and feminine tendencies for a perfect, harmonious society, but whether she wishes this to be on a societal or individual level is unclear. The book suggests these fluctuations happen only on on a social level, leaving men and women stuck in their gender roles.
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