Woman of the Dunes

There is a girl who catches my bus who is reading Dune. This reminded me of the novel’s depiction of women. (What? She really was reading it!)

  • The female characters in Dune represent a genuine advance in the way SF writers write women. They are strong, well-organised and almost always the smartest person in the room.
  • I won’t deny that there have been occasions when I have had to deliberately resist the urge to hiss “Bene Gesserit witch!” at my daughters.
  • This whole Kwisatz Haderach business, where Paul can “see the place we cannot look”? EPIC MANSPLAIN.
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