Had to read this one for a class. Cringed at many, many parts. I wonder what men of the time thought of it?
#booktubeathon challenge #7 ✔! 3/5 ⭐. It's squarely white feminism. Some great thought-provoking points we're still sadly struggling with over a century later. While Gilman's overall point to challenge society's views of women succeeded, I was disappointed by how one-dimensional the women were in being 100% focused on motherhood. This book is an important step in feminist literature, but it has major problematic parts. #projectTBR #projectSAMS
“Have you no respect for the past? For what was thought and believed by your foremothers?”
“Why, no,” she said. “Why should we? They are all gone. They knew less than we do. If we are not beyond them, we are unworthy of them—and unworthy of the children who must go beyond us.”
Learning from the past instead of being dragged down by it. Can't think of any current situations where this concept would apply...
#booktubeathon #projectTBR #projectSAMS
"I see that I have not remarked that these women had pockets in surprising number and variety. They were in all their garments, and the middle one in particular was shingled with them."
This book was written >100 years ago, and even at that time a woman envisioning a female-filled utopia knew that all the clothing would be rife with pockets!
Other reviewers have complained that not a lot happens in the book but I found it a surprisingly easy read. I do warn any potential reader that she makes it clear that Herland has no people of color.
Despite its flaws, it did have two good points: women still need real pockets and our children are still not safe.
And it made me ask questions and think about society. Now I want to find more modern utopias.
The three men of Herland in my imagination: Jeff the idealist, Terry the macho one, and Van, the scientific one.
It's easy to dislike Terry. Before they even reach Herland, he's plotting to turn the women against each other and become king and then have his pick of the women. His two friends he plans to execute. He's clearly joking but it felt chilling not fun to me.
Spoiler: Terry's scheme does not even begin to happen.
I‘ve posted a link to an article about feminist utopias written in the 19th century. I‘ve looked at the article and I had never heard of ANY of them! (Herland, the tagged book, is not listed, as it was written in 1915.)
Have fun discovering some new treasures!
“When we say men,man, manly, manhood, and all the other masculine-derivatives, we have in the background of our minds a huge vague crowded picture of the world and all its activities...And when we say women, we thinkfemale—the sex.” Gilman in 1915
She was so ahead of her time! A little extreme but a pioneer for feminism!
Congrats @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego on your milestone and thank you for having a #GirlPowerGiveaway !
#Booked2018 @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft here are my January-March reads for this challenge:
Olympic Sport- Bear Town
Body Positive Memoir- Ink in Water
POC author- The Changeling
Cozy Mystery- The Bloody Tower
Feminist Classic- Herland
Unconventional Romance- The World of Wakanda
Well written, but I really didn‘t enjoy. Another challenge completed. Utopian feminist literature. A non violent utopian with no men. Meh.
The wonderful @Sarah83 got me a gift card for Christmas and I had a hard time deciding what to buy with it, because you know, there are too many good books out there. As you can see, it was the perfect opportunity to start collecting the Vintage Future editions 😉 thanks again Sarah 😘❤️
Ok, so I think #SuffragetteCity is just about Bowie telling his mate to give him some space so he can hang with this awesome feminist chick he likes, but here are two books from my TBR about female only communities and various questions of gender. (Actually occurred to me this very moment that I could have used Egalia's Daughters, which I have read, but there you go.) #SeptemBowie
Feminism has developed over the years, with different demands in different ages.
Herland imagines an entirely female utopia. But this utopia has very different views of feminism than that of the 1960s and 1970s that I know well. I won't say more to avoid spoilers.
I thought this was an intriguing read.
Finished book 3 of #24in48. This reread really had me uncomforable w/this book. I am really annoyed that a nation of women would center their lives solely around motherhood (my aroace ass is having none of that). And the idea that the absence of men means the absence of any kind of sexuality is ridiculous (LESBIANS). The book is still interesting bc it presents what a peaceful, socialist society could look like, but it's not a society I would want
Finished this the other night. It is an interesting look at a world ruled by and entirely populated by women. Several important points are made by Gilman about how men think of women and vice versa. As well as how both sexes see the world. Highly recommend reading.
Happy Birthday to this amazing author! Born July 3, 1860
(Photo courtesy of Google)
Very interesting early feminist novel about how a land of all woman might develop and how it might differ in both large and small ways from the world we know. In this story 3 men discover this remote and new land, and spend some time learning its language and customs, while also teaching them ours, with varying degrees of acceptance depending on their personalities.
*Written in #1915 so allow for some dated references to the sexes and races.
It's a #LongLongWayFromHome for the three men who end up in Herland. It's got some issues in some ways, in terms of reinforcing compulsory heterosexuality and motherhood, but it's still a fantastic feminist read.
(This is a worn copy I found in a used store but I had to grab it because it's not a book you can easily find here...)
I finally finished my first serial read!????I love the app!
I've been stuck on the same titles for a couple of weeks... But I'm making progress!
As for "Herland", I loved the concept and I loved how the author constructs the solely-female utopia. A few chapters dragged a bit too much for me (those talking about their religion, philosophy...) but very interesting nonetheless! 3 solid ⭐ + 1/2 for the spot-on male perspective reacting to it all.
Late start to my #marchintoreading posts! But today's prompt #blameitonlitsy is a good one to start off with! 😂 I just downloaded SerialReader, which I discovered through all you Littens who use it! Herland is my first subscription 😍 I like getting some reading done throughout the day even when I'm busy, so having this on my phone will be perfect!
"Patriotism, red hot, is compatible with the existence of a neglect of national interests, a dishonesty, a cold disinterest to the suffering of millions. Patriotism is largely pride, and largely combativeness. Patriotism generally has a chip on its shoulder."
I've always been uncomfortable with the term 'patriotism' but wouldn't be able to tell you why until now.
"This led me very promptly to the conviction that those 'feminine charms' we are so fond of are not feminine at all, but mere reflected masculinity - developed to please us because they had to please us, and in no way essential to the real fulfillment of their great process."
This book... ?
So I've heard mixed reviews of this since it is apparently problematic in its depiction of non-white women? Anyone read it and have thoughts? For a free deal I'll try it but it may not be high in my TBR priority
This is my library tbr stack going into December. These are the books that accompany me on my daily commute. We go through a lot together.
So I've been on @SerialReader for a month (thanks to you Littens), and I've finished 9 things on it already! I've thoroughly enjoyed reading so many things I would've never read otherwise, and in such a fun format! I love squeezing issues in before class starts or while waiting for the microwave. #SerialReader dominated my October reading stats. If you've been thinking about trying it out, I'd recommend it! 😊