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The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Mar 24, 2008

really liked it

I enjoyed the thought experiment this book presented: how would a civilization with no gender function and differ from our bisexual world. Le Guin presents the idea that an androgenous society would not have war and rape but violence, power, control, love, friendship and betrayal would be present. The folklore presented is interesting,reminding me of our own creation stories and how our creation stories focus so keenly on gender. To me the take-home-message from this thought experiment is that when gender is stripped away, you are left with a human being with personal weaknesses and strengths, with light and darkness.

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