Access

You are not currently logged in.

Access your personal account or get JSTOR access through your library or other institution:

login

Log in to your personal account or through your institution.

If You Use a Screen Reader

This content is available through Read Online (Free) program, which relies on page scans. Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.

Both Sides of the Gate: Patriarchy in Sheri S. Tepper's "The Gate to Women's Country"

Shiloh Carroll
Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts
Vol. 19, No. 1 (72) (2008), pp. 25-38
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24352403
Page Count: 14
  • Read Online (Free)
  • Subscribe ($19.50)
  • Cite this Item
Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Preview not available
Preview not available

Abstract

Sheri S. Tepper's 1989 novel The Gate to Women's Country spans genres as both a feminist utopia and a battle-of-the-sexes story. Both contribute to an overall warning of the signs of impending patriarchy in a culture and methods for resisting it. Tepper refutes the idea that patriarchy is inevitable because of men's violent tendencies by creating a culture in which violence is being bred out of men. However, those men outside Women's Country still retain the inherent male violence and will to dominate, and seek to retake Women's Country for themselves. Tepper provides a continuum of patriarchy, from the Holylanders' violent oppression of women to the Women's Country's active elimination of the perceived cause of female suffering, in order to illustrate how patriarchy can overtake a culture and how women can and must react in order to draw attention to the plight of women in a patriarchal culture and to prevent patriarchy from gaining control of their own cultures.

Page Thumbnails

  • Thumbnail: Page 
[25]
    [25]
  • Thumbnail: Page 
26
    26
  • Thumbnail: Page 
27
    27
  • Thumbnail: Page 
28
    28
  • Thumbnail: Page 
29
    29
  • Thumbnail: Page 
30
    30
  • Thumbnail: Page 
31
    31
  • Thumbnail: Page 
32
    32
  • Thumbnail: Page 
33
    33
  • Thumbnail: Page 
34
    34
  • Thumbnail: Page 
35
    35
  • Thumbnail: Page 
36
    36
  • Thumbnail: Page 
37
    37
  • Thumbnail: Page 
38
    38