First off, I really enjoyed reading this book; in my opinion it does a far better job of presenting an alternative view of gender than Left Hand of Darkness did. I don't know that I'd necessarily want our civilization to evolve in this direction gender-wise, but clearly Oankali society functions quite smoothly even with a lack of duality. The message is that this kind of functioning is possible for us. Lilith's Brood is a feminist work in the best sense because it promotes and presents a model of true gender equality.
As I said before, I think Barbarella rocks. Also, I found it to be suprisingly feminist, considering - well, considering everything. On the surface it's pretty wonderful in its unselfconscious exploitation of Fonda's sexuality, but its underlying concepts are much more subversive.
In my first post on this novel, I immediately took the side of Luke, against what I perceived to be an unjust representation of men. I seem, as a side effect, to have ignited a flame war between RoseBlack, JackKerouacSucks, and the world. As a result of that war, in addition to the conversation that we had in class, I've taken the time to look closely at my opinions on this novel. As much as it galls me to admit in a public forum, my first impression was quite narrow-minded, and reveals the basic prejudice with which I read feminist literature.
Neuman's article "Just a Backlash" forced me to do a closer reading of the various representations of feminism in The Handmaid's Tale. I was most taken aback by Atwood's strong resistance to being labeled a feminist. While she fittingly points out that "No one who observes society can fail to make observations that are feminist" (858), she is also quick to critique the more extreme form of feminism.