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Jul. 27th, 2009 02:51 am
maevele: (ffs)
I thought i had read all of heinleins adult books. Had Glory road confused with some other book, and had never read it. I have a weird thing with RAH's books, in that i read them all before feministing up, right? and I've been able to see the problematicality, since people pointed it out, and handwave it away because that's just how he is, and you work around it and enjoy the story anyhow. This, however, is HORRIBLE. OMG, it's as though because I don't have the fond familiarity that lets me handwave the sexist bullshit, it's sooooooooo front and center. like, brain explodey.


And it makes me realize, because of how RAH was so central to my scifi adolescence, that handwaving and excuse making (look at the time he was writing, at least he has strong women, other writers were worse etc) has made it impossible for me to look at his work honestly until now, and is probably going to take some serious mental adjustment for me to get past because of how deeply ingrained it is for me. it's hard for me not to handwave and excuse it.

He's the only one of the 'classic' sf authors of that era I have read much of at all, but he was like, big time favorite author for me for my whole teen years.

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