Re: STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND:
I've read SINASL probably around 10 times, and I never really picked up on the sexism in it until I started reading what people said about it. Jubal Harshaw wasn't sexist- those secretaries were not only his friends, but his employees. Of course you're going to order your employees around! Especially in that era. Besides the point already brought up about how the secretaries were allowed to sass back at him. Any sexism I saw would have been on the part of that stupid Brother in the church that they went to, and even that was more smarmy than sexist. Even the Muslim wasn't really being sexist in my opinion, that was the Muslim views that he was explaining, and living by, and we saw where that got him. I dunno, I tend not to think about political issues when I read, unless they really pop out at me, which maybe is why I don't see it. I prefer to read for pleasure, and for the other, more universal messages in books...