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Egalia's Daughters: A Satire of the Sexes (1977)

by Gerd Brantenberg

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Here's a little delicious tid bit from Egalia's Daughters in which wim are the dominant sex and poor housebound menwim stay home to care for the children and mop the floors:

This description is of the annual Menstruation Games:

At the front were two big, dark red banners, symbolizing menstrual blood, then came the musicians - a band composed of twenty pregnant wim playing a victory march, followed by a troop of fifteen more wim waving blood towels of various colours, throwing them up into the air and catching them, juggling with them -- at least five at once -- in time with the music. At the tail end came the menwim, with children in their arms or holding them by the hand. When the pregnant brass-players had finished their march, the menwim began singing the 'Hymn to the Life-force', which was about the pregnant daughters of the motherland.

Now, Egalia is not an egalitarian state, and the menwim are oppressed, but damn, the wim know how to celebrate being wim! Brantenberg takes on sexism by examining all the ways men, or rather menwim, would be discriminated against if women, or wim, were the dominant gender. She examines everything from the idea of which human characteristics "naturally" belong to which gender, to how language shapes our view of the world, to sexualizing clothing to the idea that one gender is "used" by the other for sex in such a way that one gender cannot think of the other without thinking of sex, to the idea that if a gender decides to stand up for its rights the people in the movement are thought to be haters of the other gender and homosexual so easily ignored. All these arguments would work either way, depending on which gender is being discriminated against. What is different in this book is that in a matriarchy, female (or rather fele) domination is based on the dominant sex's affiliation with the natural world based on the ability to menstruate. Because of this affinity environmentalism is natural and governmentally protected. Women are with nature as opposed to the patriarchal idea of men fighting against nature. This is an excellent book recommended to anyone interested in feminism, humanism or environmentalism. ( )
  Citizenjoyce | Apr 1, 2012 |
I read this book in college and it blew my mind. So much of what we understand to be "male" or "female" qualities can be manipulated by society. I had empathy for the second class status of the men in this novel. Highly recommend it for readers interested in gender constructs. ( )
1 vote loud4alibrarian | Aug 2, 2009 |
fascinating take on gender politics and sexism. Written in the 70s, but still relevant today. challenges your ability to step outside of our cultural norms. Very cool
  mochap | Sep 21, 2008 |
I love this book. I have read it a million times. A classic. ( )
  vicantoria | May 9, 2007 |
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Originally published in Norwegian as "Egalias døtre" (1977); translated to English and published as "The Daughters of Egalia" (London, 1985) and "Egalia's Daughters" Seattle, 1985).
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Welcome to the land of Egalia, where gender roles are topsy-turvy as "wim" wield the power and "menwim" light the home fires. This re-telling of the prototypical coming-of age novel will have readers laughing out loud and wondering who should prevail: poor Petronius, who wants more than anything to cruise the oceans as a seawom; or his powerful and protective mother Director Bram, who rules her family with an authoritarian righteousness. But for better or for worse, as the masculist party begins to organize and protest, the landscape of Egalia threatens to change forever. More than just a humorous romp, Egalia's Daughters poses the provocative question of whether the culprit in gender subjugation is gender itself or power—no matter who wields it.

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