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FREE DOWNLOAD õ Regiment of Women: A Novel ↠ It is the 21st century In New York City the worst fears of future shock have become daily realities for its inhabitants There are freuent pollution alerts and detention centres are located Georgie Cornell goes to work in a white tailored blouse and pleated skirt Only Georgie is a manIties for its inhabitants There are freuent pollution alerts and detention centres are located. What an interesting take on dystopian fiction I spent much of the novel struggling to keep gendered words and their altered implications straight so to speak in my mind Berger has really and brilliantly I think re visioned both Brave New World and 1984 and the sperm term scenario even foretells Atwood's Handmaid's Tale's vision of one sex having control of the other's reproductive capabilities The fact that he wrote this in 1973 makes it even brilliant and original and also somewhat explains his treatment limited and negative of homosexuality I like view spoilerthe revisioned happy ending that is uite unlike other dystopias Georgie and Harriet find themselves in personal revolution and I am left with the impression that they are capable of recreating Eden despite their societally imposed attitudes about themselves and each other Humanity is not doomed since they G H have figured out how to find real cooperative balance between themselves rather than the society's accepted rivalry and oppression of men by women hide spoiler

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Georgie Cornell goes to work in a white tailored blouse and pleated skirt Only Georgie is a m. Ever since I bought a used copy of this book about twenty years ago I'd been dreading actually getting around to reading it This was partly because of the cover illustration on my copy not the same as the one pictured on Goodreads which I found offensive and partly because I feared based on the back cover blurb and the cover that this would be some sort of reactionary anti feminist screed I'm happy and chagrined to say that I should have had faith in Thomas Berger I think this novel could and perhaps should be considered an early pre second wave feminist novel one that was meant to edify early 1970s male readers about the effects of arbitrary and oppressive gender roles on women For the first several chapters of the book this works wonderfully well through gender role reversal the men in the novel are represented as conforming to stereotypically feminine gender roles c 1950s 1960s while the women are represented as conforming to masculine gender roles The incredibly detailed varied and enlightening incidents in the plot contribute to the success of Berger's presumably feminist purpose He even manages to convincingly show how these roles are unconsciously assumed and reinforced through social forces rather than as a conspiracy of power it's obvious that Berger had done a lot of reading and research into feminist arguments about gender roles patriarchy sexism and society The problem however comes in when Berger is forced to assign a historical cause for this situation that links it to our own time period that is when the book moves from the genre of fantasy to that of science fiction By showing that this dystopian state of affairs and it's true no one would ever want to actually live in this society; the infrastructure is in ruins and continuing to decline pollution is eroding the uality of life the divide between the haves' and the have nots is abysmally wide oh wait we are living in this society is a result of the feminist revolution a la 1970 the feminist purpose and Berger's sympathetic argument is entirely undercut Eventually the novel is forced into arguing that the only solution for the protagonists is a retreat from society and a reversion to natural gender roles Yes this ending mars an otherwise admirable attempt to educate the public on the oppression the social system of patriarchy; but I think it also demonstrates how difficult it was and is for even a feminist albeit a male one in 1973 to be able to think beyond the constraints of the social system she lives in I think this novel is rather undeservedly forgotten There is still a lot to learn and besides the writing is funny scathing and thought provoking by turns from Berger's work

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Regiment of Women A NovelIt is the 21st century In New York City the worst fears of future shock have become daily real. This is the weirdest fucking book