The Left Hand of Darkness Quotes by Ursula K. Le Guin
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The Left Hand of Darkness
The Left Hand of Darkness is a science fiction novel by U. Le Guin , published in The novel became immensely popular and established Le Guin's status as a major author of science fiction. The novel follows the story of Genly Ai, a native of Terra , who is sent to the planet of Gethen as an envoy of the Ekumen, a loose confederation of planets. Ai's mission is to persuade the nations of Gethen to join the Ekumen, but he is stymied by his lack of understanding of Gethenian culture. Individuals on Gethen are ambisexual , with no fixed sex.
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sometimes people come into your life
by Ursula K. Le Guin
Le Guin wrote her novel in the midst of the Second Wave of feminism, a time when American women were fighting for legal protection for equal rights and equal pay. In the Gethenians , Le Guin created a society of androgynous neuters , who, for a few days each month, go into kemmer , during which time they develop sex organs, experience sexual desire, and become briefly able to concieve. In all other ways, however, Gethenians are a genderless society, which of course has a far-reaching impact on their lives and culture. The people of Gethen are biologically similar to humans like Ai in many aspects unrelated to sex. However, Gethens have developed a radically different society than Terrans i. This inequality leads to women being less represented in government and it means that the ruling of the planet is predominantly left to men. On a more personal scale, Gethenian people are not burdened by gender expectations.