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When It Changed [short story]

by Joanna Russ

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Simple. Ruthless. Brutally effective. Depressing. ( )
  clong | Mar 26, 2014 |
I have trouble with Russ's longer fiction, so for me this is her best work, showing what wormen could be if they were just people. ( )
  aulsmith | Jul 10, 2012 |
Memorable and paradigm shifting. ( )
1 vote 2wonderY | Jul 24, 2011 |
This is the short story that led to The Female Man, the one in which we meet Janet and Janet meets men. As a succinct statement of what is wrong with patriarchal attitudes, it's very good.

It also could have been quite good at something else: examining men being inconsistent with their stereotypical role. With males walking into a society that had centuries of preconceptions about something it had never seen or experienced, there was the opportunity for those men to struggle with being seen through a lens of social blindness, also. It would have been an interesting, and I'm sure humorous, culture clash in Russ' hands.

But, it didn't go there; the men were just idiotic, archetypical apes as expected. Oh well. She had other fish to fry. Recommended, though I liked the longer novel better. ( )
  TadAD | May 11, 2011 |
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