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Some very interesting concepts wrapped in an easy read,
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This review is from: A Brother's Price (Mass Market Paperback)
I have come to expect at least one truely original idea in any Wen Spencer book and this one does not disappoint. The consideration of a society where women massively outnumber men is fascinating. What I find particulary interesting is the idea that it is the roles in which society places us and not inherent genetic makeup that define 'male' and 'female' stereotypes. Our society is still struggling to redefine male roles even as we broaden female roles. Male nursey nurses and nannies are not as widespread as female soldiers. In fact it is hard to think of an occupation a female couldn't do but several which it would be strange to see men doing. This book leads the reader to think about what men might be capable of within a child rearing and emotional context if society didn't straitjacket the expression of their nature from early childhood.
Of course it is a light hearted read, which picks up pace so that the final chapters are all action. While the plot held my interest it was the clear way in which Spencer expresses the predjuces of the characters that will stick with me. The best bit of the book in my opinion is when the two main characters consider a world where there are more males than females. The arguments put forward clearly define their inability to put aside their own conditioning when looking at an alien society.
I also got a great deal of enjoyment reading about a hero who is compassionate, kind and gentle rather than the usual testosterone filled heroes, and a society where the bond between sisters is vital to the continuation of the society.