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Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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Apr 04, 10

really liked it
Read on April 04, 2010

Very interesting feminist utopia novel from 1915. Gilman imagines the development of a civilization of isolated, self-reproducing, asexual women. Free from evolutionary competition with other human groups and the processes of sexual selection, they are able to progress toward a nearly perfect society in terms of sustainability and social harmony. They are visited by 3 American men--"explorers"--who, of course, cannot believe that such a world has been built and sustained by women. Most interesting things about the novel: its critique of early 20th century American masculinity; its implicit theories of education / child care, environmental sustainability, and gender difference; its critique of marriage and domestic violence.
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