Feminist Philosophy and Science Fiction: Utopias and Dystopias / Edition 1by Judith A. Little
This accessible and provocative collection of science fiction acquaints readers with cutting-edge gender controversies in moral and political philosophy. By imagining future worlds that defy our most basic assumptions about sex and gender, freedom and equality, and ethical values, the anthology’s authors not only challenge traditional standards of morality and… See more details below
This accessible and provocative collection of science fiction acquaints readers with cutting-edge gender controversies in moral and political philosophy. By imagining future worlds that defy our most basic assumptions about sex and gender, freedom and equality, and ethical values, the anthology’s authors not only challenge traditional standards of morality and justice, but create bold experiments for testing feminist hypotheses.
Selections are grouped under four main themes. Part 1, "Human Nature and Reality," concentrates on whether there is an intrinsic difference between males and females. Here the authors inspect opposing views on five related questions: What does it mean to be human? What are women and men really like? How significant is the reproductive difference? How do we define the concepts of "woman" and "nature"? Why is language important?
Part 2, "Dystopias: The Worst of All Possible Worlds," first portrays misogynistic societies uncomfortably familiar to the early 21st-century reader. Chilling stories of future possibilities follow, including worlds where women and men separate into armies to fight a literal war of the sexes.
Part 3, "Separatist Utopias: Worlds of Difference," assembles stories that scrutinize both the virtues and vices of separatism, in order to address the questions Why should women want to separate from men? and What would and should these all-female worlds be like?
In Part 4, "Androgynous Utopias: Worlds of Equality," the authors create intriguing worlds that anticipate the consequences, good and bad, of perfect sexual equality in education, intelligence, capability, and reproduction.
With selections from such noted writers as Octavia Butler, Marion Zimmer Bradley, James Tiptree Jr., and many others, plus chapter introductions, discussion questions, and recommended reading list, this stimulating collection offers fresh insights on troubling issues by weaving controversial utopian and dystopian designs from the separate threads of opposing positions.
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Table of Contents
Human Nature and Reality
What Does It Mean to Be Human?
No Woman Born C. L. Moore 47
What Are Women and Men Really Like?
Survival Ship Judith Merril 95
Abominable Carol Emshwiller 105
Adam Marko's Journal; Male Compensation Theory from The Y Chromosome Leona Gom 113
The Elizabeth Complex Karen Joy Fowler 123
How Significant Is the Reproductive Difference?
Bloodchild Octavia E. Butler 133
The Concepts of "Woman" and "Nature"
Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand Vonda N. McIntyre 155
His Vegetable Wife Pat Murphy 177
Why Is Language Important?
Speech Sounds Octavia E. Butler 185
Dystopias and Utopias
Dystopias: The Worst of All Possible Worlds
The Possible Present
For the Sake of Grace Suzette Haden Elgin 215
Pairpuppets Manuel van Loggem 237
Your Faces, O My Sisters! Your Faces Filled of Light! Alice B. Sheldon 247
Far in the Future
Wives Lisa Tuttle 267
Fears Pamela Sargent 277
"Jael's World" from the Female Man Joanna Russ 289
Separatist Utopias: Worlds of Difference
"Daya Tells a Tale" from the furies Suzy McKee Charnas 307
"The Worlds of Jeannine and Joanna" from the Female Man Joanna Russ 315
All-Female Societies and Planets
"Oath of the Free Amazons" from the Shattered Chain Marion Zimmer Bradley 323
Janet's World from the Female Man Joanna Russ 325
When It Changed Joanna Russ 333
Androgynous Utopias: Worlds of Equality
X: A Fabulous Child's Story Lois Gould 345
Interlocking Pieces Molly Gloss 355
Options John Varley 363
Recommended Readings 395
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