Friday, June 17, 2011

Guest Blogging

I wrote a guest post about Charlotte Perkins Gilman's book Herland for Her Circle Ezine, a website about women, writing and art.

The post is an expansion on one paragraph in this old post I wrote juxtaposing Herland with Marilyn French's book The Women's Room*.

I expanded this paragraph into a longer essay on how masculinity and femininity are portayed in Herland, which is as complementary performances that distort human nature and interactions between the sexes, and which each depend on the other to work. (Particularly, I look at the character of Terry, and how his brand of brash, overbearing hypermasculinity works against him in the all-woman, but not particularly "feminine," society of Herland.)

Here's the link, if you want to go read it!

*Here are a couple of essays on the same blog that deal with that book; there's also another essay on Gilman, this one about The Yellow Wallpaper.


Nancy Lebovitz said...

Possibility about Herland-- perhaps the men think of the women of Herland as unfeminine but not masculine because they lived in a time when older women had more authority over boys.

Lindsay said...

@Nancy - yes, that's probably it. We do see indications throughout the book that it's the older women who are most objectionable to the male explorers ... and the language they use to make fun of them also makes it sound like they're mischievous boys rebelling against a bunch of stuffy old schoolmarms. So the older women, at least, remind them of a familiar female archetype --- it's just not one they find particularly desirable!

Marina DelVecchio said...

Because the older women are no longer pretty or sexy or quiet. Lindsay, you did a great job on that post at Her Circle! Shana and I both want to know if you want to do it again. You can consider yourself a "sure thing," and send me articles whenever you choose.
Let me know what you think?

Lindsay said...

Hi, Marina!

Yes, I'd be happy to submit other articles to Her Circle ... I don't have anything in mind right now, but if I come up with anything new, or think an old post can be reworked, I will definitely email you about it.