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Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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Oct 09, 12

Read on October 09, 2012

Let it be known I wasn't expecting a serious look at an all-female or even just matriarchal society. And that's good, because while you get many things in this book and its sequel With Her in Ourland, plausibility isn't one of them.

On the other hand, I found it quite enjoyable for, within the realm of fantasy, actually giving me a reason why everyone gets along and Herland is a utopia. Too often, the very concept of "only [or "predominantly"] girls" seems to lead to the idea of gentleness and peaceloveharmony and we have solved the world's problems, tada! And if Herland indulged, it made sense.

After all, its populated by (view spoiler)

At any rate, it's a period piece, but I enjoyed the story. Its sequel is worth a skim through, but that goes much deeper into the problems of the world and how to fix it. Great discussion, I'm sure, but an essay isn't a story. Herland was fun.
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