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Our Androcentric Culture, Chapter One, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Woman decorated with peacock feathers
“she blooms forth as the peacock and bird of paradise, in poignant reversal of nature’s laws, even wearing masculine feathers to further her feminine ends.”

The author introduced the idea of anthrocentrism in 1911 with this book. I found this chapter to be amusing as the author explored the ideas of masculine and feminine practices and characteristics being inborn, natural, and unique to each sex. She emphasizes that we are all more human than we are either masculine or feminine.

Our Androcentric Culture, Chapter One, read by Grace Buchanan for LibriVox.

Read the entire book “Our Androcentric Culture; Or, The Man-Made World” at Project Gutenberg.

This chapter is Track 12 in the LibriVox First Chapter Collection 7.

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Beautiful Peacock Woman, illustration by T V Kelly, 1914, Public domain, via PublicDomainPictures.net

Herland, Chapter One, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Charlotte Perkins Gilman c. 1900
Charlotte Perkins Gilman c. 1900

I was not acquainted with the author, Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman, before I read this chapter. I discovered that she had definite ideas about the superiority of women, and argued that humans had the sex roles backward. She pointed out that in other species, the females’ superior sense of judgment, and the males’ eagerness to please, caused a far more successful social structure. She applied these principles in this work of fiction.

As I prepared to read this chapter, the voices of two characters from the movie The Marrying Man came to mind: Charley/Alec Baldwin as Terry, and Phil/Paul Reiser as Van. Both stories are about a few guys who enjoy hanging out together, and their challenging relationships with the women who attract them.

Herland, Chapter One, read by Grace Buchanan for LibriVox.


This chapter was included in the LibriVox First Chapter Collection 6. It is the 7th track.

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Image credit:
Charlotte Perkins Gilman c. 1900,
C.F. Lummis (Original copyright holder, presumably photographer),
Restoration by Adam Cuerden / Public domain