October 24th, 2009

Willow

Look at me! I'm *reading*!!

From Jeanne Gomoll's Introduction to Women of Other Worlds edited by Helen Merrick and Tess Williams:

And for feminists churning a revolution in the midst of patriarchal institutions, science fiction offers the space to imagine what new institutions, relationships, and culture might look like when women and men stand equal, with the same opportunities to conduct their work and their relationships.

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Invention. That's what feminist science fiction is all about. We invent stories and role models and
possibilities</i>, that prepare us to leap barriers and scale heights no one has reached before, that prepare us to change the world.</i>

Yeah, how much do I want to go to Wiscon right now?



Willow

Ursula Le Guin

And from Ursula Le Guin's Guest of Honour Speech at Wiscon 20:

And ain't I a woman? And ain't I a feminist? And ain't I an American, and a radical, and ain't I politically correct? Yes I am. I'm as politically correct as I know how to be , and nobody is going to shame me out of talking the way I think is right and working for what I love and against what I hate. I love freedom. I hate profit-motive capitalism and I hate bigotry and I hate race prejudice and I hate misogyny and homophobia and I hate censorship and I hate injustice and I also hate mealy-mouthing. To women who say 'Oh I'm a feminist, but' - I say, lady, you're sitting on it. If you don't like the way we're working for freedom, then find us a better way, but don't pretend we aren't all in this together. To men who call me a castrating bitch I say, brother, your balls are your business; I'm not raising steers. I'm raising hell. I tried to raise as much of the next generation as I was responsible for as well as I could. And now that I'm old, I want to see that generation raising its own hell and raising its daughters and sons to seek justice, seek equality, seek freedom. Right now, right here, on Earth.