Ursula K. Le Guin Quotes: The Gethenians Do Not See One Another As

The Gethenians Do Not See One Another As Men Or Women. This Is Almost Impossible For Our Imaginations To Accept. After All, What Is The First Question We Ask About A Newborn Baby? ... There Is No Division Of Humanity Into Strong And Weak Halves, Protected/ Protective. One Is Respected And Judged Only As A Human Being. You Cannot Cast A Gethnian In The Role Of Man Or Woman, While Adopting Towards 'him' A Corresponding Role Dependant On Your Expetations Of The Interactions Between Persons Of The Same Or Oppositve Sex. It Is An Appalling Experience For A Terran
— Ursula K. Le Guin —

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