His in Herland, Updated!

His in Herland is a response to the utopia/adventure/polemic novella Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. It was originally intended as a response to the specific problem of utopias. They are so attractive on the one hand, yet so entirely problematic on the other--especially since they always seem to depend on the constant grinding work of invisible people behind the scenes.

As so often happens with a text, the problem of the main character, Alim, rather took over. What makes him a "him"? Nurture? Nature in the genetic (inherited) sense? Or biological sense? Or evolutionary sense? How much of his personality is a "him" and how much of it is specific to Alim as Alim (as opposed to Bob or Gary or Charlotte)?

I don't try to answer all those questions--quite frankly, I don't think I can. But they are out there.

Told from the point of view of Terry--Herland's original fang-less villain--and from the point of view of a disguised male citizen of the supposedly all female Herland--His in Herland tackles the problem of what makes a person a person.

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Each chapter includes a link at the end to the next chapter.

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21