marxism-leninism-utenaism:wait are they saying heinlein had The Genders, bc that seems like a far reach and i’ve heard a bunch of his stuff. sadly he’s Neckbeard God so there isn’t much crit :C
no. the article is here, and here’s the relevant quote:
One author who seemed to have a clue [about trans characters] was Robert A. Heinlein. His Friday contains a trans character and talks about test-tube babies using the same “not natural” language currently directed at trans folk. There is a gender change in I Will Fear No Evil, where an old man’s brain is transplanted into the body of a beautiful young woman, but the book reads more like a straight male’s fantasy of becoming a woman than an actual trans narrative.
thats hilarious because heinlein also wrote the short story —all you zombies—. which was about a time traveling trans man being his own mother and father and also the one who sent himself back in time.
ive never read friday but i dont see how the author of all you zombies could be using transness for anything other than “whoa isnt this weird, the future sure is weird”
i actually have read all you zombies and pretty much the only thing it gets right about trans experiences is that doctors will pretty much do whatever they feel like because fuck it and also fuck you
I figure Heinlein had the genders, he just also had a bad case of “crazy asshole” along for the ride
you know who has either a serious case of the genders or is really fucking good at writing (some of) its aspects is John Varley. his major characters are all butch women, many of whom appear over his series as both men and women, depending on their phase of life, and there are multiple agender and asexual characters throughout his books and it owns. i would not be even vaguely surprised if he came out as not-cis at some point in the future
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