Herland

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Gilman’s description of an idyllic land populated only by women, puts before us a utopian vision of what life could be once freed from the patriarchy. Three men crash near the jungle in the Amazon and discover they are in a land populated completely by women. Cut off from the world of men, these women have discovered parthenogenesis. Controlling their birthrate, they live in utter peace  with their daughters.

The three men represent different types of manhood. Terry scoffs at the idea of women without men to direct them. Jeff worships at their feet. The narrator is a sociologist and is interested in observing and describing the women. Eventually he is won over to a sense of admiration.

 

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