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GUEST,peedeecee Books: What Are You Reading? (164* d) RE: BS: What Are You Reading? 28 Nov 04

Someone upthread named Grab mentioned Ursula le Guin and asked for recommendations from her fans; someone else complained about le Guin's take on sexism.

First, you have to remember when many of her stories were written -- quite a few years ago, when women and women's issues were definitely not mainstream, and when (yes) men were indeed mostly sexist types who ignored women except for sexual purposes. Le Guin helped bring women to where they are now.

Second: she resolves the sexual/gender role dilemma beautifully in what I consider her best book: The Left Hand of Darkness. My husband, who is a professor of sociology, recommends this book to his students as a truly remarkable commentary on the social issues surrounding gender. It's also an exciting, can't-put-it-down read.

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