The Female Man

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I’ve been re-reading Joanna Russ’s The Female Man. I wish that we’d had time to read the novel (and hope that some of you will be inspired to read it on your own some day). For now, some passages will have to suffice:

“I’m a sick woman, a madwoman, a ball-breaker, a man-eater; I don’t consume men gracefully with my fire-like red hair or my poisoned kiss; I crack their joints with these filthy ghoul’s claws and standing on one foot like a de-clawed cat, rake at your feeble efforts to save yourself with my taloned hinder feet: my matted hair, my filthy skin, my big falt plaques of green bloody teeth. I don’t think my body would sell anything. I don’t think I would be good to look at. O of all diseases self-hate is the worst and I don’t mean for the one who suffers it!” (1975, 135)

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About cstabile

Carol Stabile is a founding member of Fembot , an online collaboration of scholars conducting research on gender, new media, and technology. She teaches at the University of Oregon. View all posts by cstabile

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