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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.

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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