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The Female Man by Joanna Russ
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Jan 29, 10

bookshelves: 2009, sf-fantasy
Read in December, 2009

I rarely read books these days where it feels like the author actually *needed* to write their book. I sometimes finish a book and think "that was clever" or "that was well-written" or "that was exciting," but rarely do I think "holy shit, that was so fucking necessary!" The Female Man is one of those rare necessary books. Reading it, I got the sense that these words were burning a hole in the author's stomach lining, so desperate were they to escape.

Which is not to say that I didn't feel offended - I think it is impossible to be a man (or even a woman, particularly one who subscribes to the third wave) reading this book and not feel even the slightest bit affronted. But that's the wonderful part: this book is a kick to the face, a massive challenge to every last one of your assumptions, and you are meant to receive it a such.
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