Monday, June 13, 2011

What's wrong with dystopian novels

When I was in high school, we had to study dystopian novels such as 1984 and Brave New World.  I remember a vague sense of discomfort when I read such works.  Now I understand why.

Who writes dystopian novels?  For the most part, Western white men do.  They therefore privilege a Western, white, male view of freedom that is completely at odds with everything that I hold dear.

One exception is The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.  That book, however, has another flaw, in that it rests on the ridiculous premise that the religious right and the radfem left could ever find common cause on any issue.

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