Where will women take us in the future? Huxley didn’t have a very positive view of our potential…
Also, read my recent article for Verbal Remedy: What is a bad feminist? http://verbalremedy.tumblr.com/post/95447427766/what-is-a-bad-feminist
Dystopian fiction attracts me because it gives an insight into the author’s visions of the future, which are usually brilliantly imaginative but rarely without grounding in the prevailing society.
In my blog entry ‘Intersectionality in Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and The Penelopiad’ I discussed Margaret Atwood’s Gileadean vision of a culmination of misogyny. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World also suggests the future is bleak and wrought with misogyny – but many critics believe Huxley’s reasons for creating this sexist world to be completely different to Atwood’s.
No one questions Atwood’s motives for writing The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985. It is an exposé of all that is gender unequal in the world. Huxley, however, seems to be complying with the patriarchy by merely – and clumsily – reflecting the women of his own time.
While there is…
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