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Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse

Friday, July 08, 2005

When It Changed...

I really enjoy the exploration of gender differences in the stories we've read this week. When It Changed presents what I think is an accurate description. Women are every bit as capable of anything that a man is capable of, except that statistically speaking (see previous post) men are much more likely to sink into depravity.

I think that the fear womankind had of their rediscovery by mankind has all the makings of the arrival of Cortes except that Janet knew what was coming and the Aztecs did not. Their fear was justified and nothing the men did gave any indication that they should not. Their behaviour was not that of explorers or diplomats but conquerors.

Y The Last Man is a great spin on this idea... so far so good. More as this develops :)


At 10:33 PM, Blogger Lucy said...

I found it interesting to see Harlan Ellison's name under the title of Russ' short story When It Changed (Again, Dangerous Visions, ed. Harlan Ellison, 1927). After reading Ellison's story one would almost believe he had an axe to grind with women so I was pleasantly surprised to see him associated to a story which portrayed women in such a favorable way. After reading more about Ellison I discovered that in March 1998, the National Women's Committee of Brandeis University honored him with their 1998 Words Wit, Wisdom award. I also discovered Ellison is quite the eccentric. He is often surrounded by controversy and has a reputation for being outspoken and abrasive, and he is fiercely protective of his work. An interesting author with some very strong opinions.


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