Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Roaring Spirit?

Reading Ursula K. Le Guin’s essay “American SF and The Other” reminded me of Helen Reddy’s 1972 song “I Am Woman”.

Reddy sings:

I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an’ pretend
‘cause I’ve heard it all before
And I’ve been down there on the floor
No one’s ever gonna keep me down again

In light of the UK government’s persistent attacks on women’s rights, as today once more reported by The Fawcett Society, it seems high time that ‘woman’ roared again.

As Le Guin argues: “remember that about 53 percent of the Brotherhood of Man is the Sisterhood of Woman” (57), which confirms she certainly has a voice.

But will she/we use it?


Le Guin, Ursula K. 1979. The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

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