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Judith Kegan Gardiner

In: Handbook of Studies on Men & Masculinities

Chapter 3: Men, Masculinities, and Feminist Theory

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Men, Masculinities, and Feminist Theory
Men, masculinities, and feminist theory
Judith KeganGardiner

Is it true … that women in your society I are treated exactly like men?” a doctor in Ursula LeGuin's (1974) science fiction novel, The Dispossessed, asks a visiting anarchist. The anarchist replies with a laugh, “That would be a waste of good equipment” (p. 16). Then he explains that in his society, “a person chooses work according to interest, talent, strength—what has the sex to do with that?” (p. 17). Published in 1974, at the height of the 20th-century American movement for women's liberation, LeGuin's fantasy attempts to visualize gender equality as a society without differences based on one's anatomical sex, but one, it turns out, that primarily takes the form of allowing women ...

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