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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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Charlotte Perkins Gilman c. 1900,
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Anthem, Chapter One, Ayn Rand

Anthem Book Cover of first edition
Cover of the first edition of Anthem, by Ayn Rand

As I prepared to record this chapter, reading this book transported me back to when I was in college. I remembered the place on the library shelf where I found the Ayn Rand books. I sprawled on the clean thin-carpeted floor pondering the ideas in the quiet. The sun shone brightly through the glass wall at the end of the aisle, near where Ayn’s books lined up. Ayn inspired me to think about fairness, justice, and the roles of government and taxation.

Ayn Rand’s world of Socialism was very different from what I valued about my experience of Democratic Socialism. I had a strong community where everyone had a valued perspective and a vote on every matter. We shared a sense of Oneness. But this book is Chilling. This story sets me on edge: uniformity, dictatorship, regimentation…

I cherish the compassion, creativity, self expression… that my community fostered when I was growing up, and which I continue to foster in myself and others.

Anthem, Chapter One, read by Grace Buchanan.

Read the entire book at Project Gutenberg.
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Anthem Book Cover of first edition.
The original uploader was GrahamHardy at English Wikipedia.
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Chapter One of Anthem is the second track of the LibriVox Chapter One Collection 6 at Internet Archive.