Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction

Sisters of the Revolution gathers a hugely curated number of feminist speculative fiction (science fiction, myth, horror, and extra) selected by means of some of the most revered editorial groups in speculative literature at the present time, the award-winning Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. together with tales from the Nineteen Seventies to the current day, the gathering seeks to extend the dialog approximately feminism whereas enticing the reader in a wealth of creative principles. From the literary heft of Angela Carter to the searing energy of Octavia Butler, Sisters of the Revolution gathers bold examples of speculative fiction’s engagement with feminism. darkish, satirical tales akin to Eileen Gunn’s “Stable recommendations for center Management” and the tense horror of James Tiptree Jr.’s “The Screwfly Solution” show the charged depth at paintings within the box. together with new, rising voices equivalent to Nnedi Okorafor and that includes foreign contributions from Angelica Gorodischer and lots of extra, this assortment seeks to extend the information of either modern fiction and feminism to new fronts. relocating from the wonderful to the futuristic, refined to surreal, those tales will galvanize innovations and feelings approximately feminism like no different booklet to be had this day. different individuals contain Anne Richter, Carol Emshwiller, Eleanor Arnason, Hiromi Goto, Joanna Russ, Karin Tidbeck, Kelley Eskridge, Kelly Barnhill, package Reed, L. Timmel Duchamp, Leena Krohn, Leonora Carrington, Pamela Sargent, Rose Lemberg, Susan Palwick, Tanith Lee, Ursula ok. Le Guin, and Vandana Singh.

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Had the media called us “girdle-burners,” nearly every woman in the country would have rushed to join us. —Carol Hanisch (1998), member of New York Radical Women and participant in the 1968 Miss America Pageant protest (p. 199) T he Miss America Pageant was the first or second most popular television event for eight of ten years in the 1960s (Watson and Martin, 2004). In many families, mine included, watching it was an annual ritual, and presidential candidate Richard Nixon commented in 1968 that it was the only program that his daughters Tricia and Julie had been allowed to stay up late to watch (Cohen, 1988).

By 1971, after Friedan had left NOW’s leadership, the organization would acknowledge lesbian oppression as a “legitimate concern of feminism” and would pass a series of resolutions affirming that “a woman’s right to her own person includes the right to define and express her own sexuality” (Carabillo, Meuli, and Csida, 1993, p. 223). Some radical groups were wary of the lesbian issue as well, but not for public relations reasons; for example, some radical feminists viewed lesbianism as a sexual rather than political issue and were concerned with the ways that butchfemme lesbian relationships mimicked patriarchal heterosexuality (Echols, 1989).

The Miss America Pageant protest occurred less than two weeks after the tumultuous 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and, given that many members of NYRW had leftist movement experience, Van Gelder’s analogy to the burnings of draft cards and flags was not out of place. On the other hand, the comparison did not bode well for a nascent movement that had little credibility with either the Left or with mass media, both of which viewed feminist claims with derision in contrast to the matrix of national and international political issues and events gripping the nation in late 1968.

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