Egalia's Daughters: A Satire of the Sexes

Egalia s Daughters A Satire of the Sexes Welcome to the land of Egalia where gender roles are topsy turvy as wim wield the power and menwim light the home fires This re telling of the prototypical coming of age novel will have readers laugh

  • Title: Egalia's Daughters: A Satire of the Sexes
  • Author: Gerd Brantenberg Louis MacKay
  • ISBN: 9781878067586
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Paperback
  • Welcome to the land of Egalia, where gender roles are topsy turvy as wim wield the power and menwim light the home fires This re telling of the prototypical coming of age novel will have readers laughing out loud and wondering who should prevail poor Petronius, who wants than anything to cruise the oceans as a seawom or his powerful and protective mother DirectWelcome to the land of Egalia, where gender roles are topsy turvy as wim wield the power and menwim light the home fires This re telling of the prototypical coming of age novel will have readers laughing out loud and wondering who should prevail poor Petronius, who wants than anything to cruise the oceans as a seawom or his powerful and protective mother Director Bram, who rules her family with an authoritarian righteousness But for better or for worse, as the masculist party begins to organize and protest, the landscape of Egalia threatens to change forever More than just a humorous romp, Egalia s Daughters poses the provocative question of whether the culprit in gender subjugation is gender itself or power no matter who wields it.

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    • Robynne says:

      So, you think our society's not sexist? Wait 'til you read this book. The author turns every aspect of our society that has any sort of a gender tinge to it inside out. Get ready to rethink the language that we use, the rituals that we observe, and the clothes that we wear.

    • Dina says:

      Es Tan bueno q da escalofríos. Nos cuentan la historia de Egalia que vendría a ser un mundo espejo en el q la sociedad es un matriarcado con todo lo q ello implica.Es sorprendente y sumamente original como el cambio de roles afecta a múltiples facetas de la vida incluida el lenguaje.Ideal para descubrir machismos interiorizados q en el rol de un hombre sueñan sencillamente ridículos.Lo haría lectura obligatoria de instituto y de vida.Altamente recomendable. El único pero? Que está descat [...]

    • Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

      This book made me angry, which I'm sure is the point. Written in the 1970s to illuminate how sexist current society was, it effectively shows how ridiculous some of the inequalities really are, and how much of it we just ACCEPT (my shift in tense is intentional, since not a lot has changed since then). I got angriest for the examples I hadn't really thought of until now, but I grew up incredibly repressed in my home and my religion just by virtue of my gender, so it felt personal. I would say th [...]

    • Tami says:

      I read this book in my ultra-feminist college days and periodically go back to re-read it. It's funny how we don't think of many traditions in our society as 'sexist' but when we read it in the inverse (a young boy is expected to have his first sexual experience during a prom-type event, and the older, more experienced women are very aggressive in their pursuit) it sounds ridiculous. It is entertaining until you realize how ingrained sexism is in our society.

    • MJ Nicholls says:

      There was a time in the 70s when menwim’s lib was treated with outrage and condescension. When the menwim-libbers threatened to crush the matriarchy, habitually burning their pehos at demonstrations, the wim in charge of the superstructure cowering in their castles and using scorn via the media to defuse the threat. Now times are different. Mothers For Justice campaigners climb up London landmarks in supershero costumes demanding more rights over their children in divorces. Sexism is scrutinis [...]

    • Aitziber says:

      My mom, a second-wave feminist, had this book laying around the house. I picked it up and had a lot of good laughs over it. Egalia's Daughters is set in a world where women hold the power. As such, many elements of the world that we take for granted are subverted here. Women are called wim (wom for the individual), while men are called menwim (menwom for the individual). Men have to wear a kind of penis bra that holds their genitals up to make them seem more appealing to women. Men are expected [...]

    • Anna says:

      What if there was a matriarch, men ate the Pill, wore pehos ("The boys said it was awkward and uncomfortable, cramming your penis into that stupid box. And it was so impractical when you had to pee.")and dressed in tiny clothes designed to show off your body?The book is not just an interesting - sometimes absolutely hilarious, sometimes tragic - role reversal, but is also a commentary on the supposed neutrality of language.Eg wom, wim: woman, womenmanwom, manwim: man, menmafele: malefele: female [...]

    • Naomi Carter says:

      Nej, alltså, jag är så besviken på den här boken. Jag vill så himla gärna kunna ge den ett högt betyg men det enda som gjorde att jag ens läste ut den (och att den ändå fick två stjärnor) var att premissen är så intressant och rolig. Ett matriark-samhälle där kvinnor är bröliga svin som går utan tröjor och män är väna och inställsamma med pehå, jag var verkligen säker att jag skulle älska den.Tyvärr är den nästan chockerande dåligt utförd, med tråkig, ointressan [...]

    • Karen Mardahl says:

      Reading Egalia's Daughters (in Danish) brought back the language of the 70s. I remember reading an article in the late 70s where political correctness was spoken about for the first time. (I wish I had kept that newsclipping - some female New York journalist reporting from that hotbed of radicalism - University of California at Berkeley - my parents' alma mater, by the way.)The language of the 70s was not all that refined and polished. It was often in-your-face and that was intentional. They wer [...]

    • Leni Iversen says:

      A satire where 1950s style gender roles are inverted. Everything is completely inverted, including every nuance of language. And the English translation is quite well done. Women are wom, men er menwym. Humans are huwyms. Men wear curlers in their beard and have to wear skirts because their anatomy just wouldn't fit into trousers. They also have to wear pehos to be decent in public. Hilariously funny and uncomfortably sad, this book tackles issues of parenthood, shame, sexual assault, and abuse. [...]

    • LB says:

      If you read this book, you will see what the world we live in looks like to me. With an unmatched effectiveness Gerd Brantenberg points out all of the obnoxious problems that women and men face because they can't seem to see outside their provincial world of traditional sex and gender roles. The author managed to get at all of the the sex issues that our society can't seem to cope with, let alone see.Adults often tell young people, "You know, things aren't just black and white. There are shades [...]

    • Emily says:

      Gender reversal. You don't realize how 'oppressive' women's lifestyle is until you imagine a situation in which men and women's roles are reversed. Women (wim) rule society and men (menwim) stay home to take care of the household. It's also interesting to pay attention to the language: 'wim' dominate the language more so than 'menwim' do, just as 'men' appears more frequently in language than does 'women.'

    • Linda says:

      In this world, Egalia, the gender roles have changed places. The women are the ideal sex. It is the women who are considered the first sex, the rulers, the ones defining sex, how men should dress to be attractive, and they expect men to serve and please them. The men are mocked, ridiculed, objectified and sexualized. It is extremely interesting to view men as the passive, beautiful sex, for a change.Another interesting part in the book is the importance of menstruation. It is praised and there a [...]

    • Nora Lindi says:

      For en hver en brennende feminist med også god selvinnsikt. Om du ikke er feminist så les den for satirens skyld.

    • Krazykiwi says:

      Menwim can't wear trousers, there wouldn't be room in there for their penises and shamebags!Cleaning in the kitchen, we have this one shelf that tends to accumulate stuff. And on it, I found my copy of this book, and realised I'd never reviewed it. I also realised, bye-the-bye, that to have got on that shelf, my daughter must have had it in the kitchen, which somehow makes me quite proud, because this is not obviously a book a 15 year old girl would pick up, but it is one that perhaps more shoul [...]

    • Emily says:

      I don't think I've fallen for a dystopia this hard since Brave New World. The novel is feminist without shame, which, incidentally, is how I might describe my own leanings.It's hard to imagine a culture in which wom throws their blood rags in a parade for the Grand Menstruation Games, but Gerd Bratenberg creates a rounded-enough world in which it seems surprisingly plausible. Her plays on overtly patriarchal idioms and phrases are clever and hilarious. I'm sorely tempted to adopt the exclamation [...]

    • Wende says:

      I read this book years ago, and it made a huge impression on me. It was funny, but thought provoking and very interesting. It's about a society where roles are reversed. Women ("wim") and the dominant forces, the workers and the leaders and the heads of the households. Men ("menwim") stay at home, care for the children, and curl their beards. I often looked for this book over the years, hoping to reread it, but I couldn't remember the title. I'm glad I found it again through a discussion on .

    • Christina says:

      I read this book in my Gender & Language class at UCLA. I remember finding it hard to get into, but then I was hooked's a fascinating twist on our society that makes you reevaluate some of your own preconceived notions about the sexes. It's enlightening and entertaining, if a bit sad, but well worth the effort.

    • Holly says:

      I read this book in college and it blew my mind. So much of what we understand to be "male" or "female" qualities can be manipulated by society. I had empathy for the second class status of the men in this novel. Highly recommend it for readers interested in gender constructs.

    • Alisa says:

      My favorite book thus far. Switches the power dynamics of men and women in society. Very clever.

    • C says:

      This is a somewhat disturbing but really interesting book. A sci-fi? fantasy? in which women have the power and sexism is a way of life for men. Thought-provoking.

    • Grace says:

      According to my French diary from high school, this was very amusing, yet it has completely disappeared from my memory.

    • Anne Sofie says:

      Controversial, at least when it was released in Norway in the 70's. Well written, everything is carefully written and described, twisting our view of gender stereotypes.

    • Rose says:

      This book is satire of Swiftian dimensions: a society where the gender roles are switched, with women being "masculine" and men "feminine." The level of detail is quite amazing, and as such constantly challenges assumptions about gender roles. Problem is, the story isn't that engaging - it's a typical coming-of-age type story, but just with gender roles reversed. Maybe I'll read it some day, but right now it's not really holding my interest, despite the intriguing premise.

    • Sophia B says:

      Brilliant feminist fiction. Reveals the gender structures and language of society. Very imaginative. A must!

    • NocturnalBlaze says:

      Essendo questo il libro su cui ho scritto la mia tesi di laurea triennale, il rapporto che mi lega a questo romanzo, alla sua storia e alle sue tematiche è molto stretto e forte. E' un volume che mi è rimasto nel cuore, che ha per me un significato importantissimo e che, anche a prescindere dallo studio accademico che ne ho fatto, ritengo una lettura magnifica, divertente, interessante e importante per il tipo di tematiche che va a trattare. Trovo che il modo in cui l'autrice descrive la socie [...]

    • Lindsey Alexa says:

      I was so impressed with this book. As far as I can tell, it managed to call out every major point of the feminist movement in this flip-flopped rendition of society where women (wim) have become the dominant sex and men (menwim) are the ornaments of society who's major role is to look pretty and beget/raise children. Menwim are told they are feeble-minded and weak (being short and obese is the beautify standard for men, those who are larger/stronger than wim are ostracized as "unmasculine", as a [...]

    • Joyce says:

      Here's a little delicious tid bit from Egalia's Daughters in which wim are the dominant sex and poor housebound menwim stay home to care for the children and mop the floors:This description is of the annual Menstruation Games:At the front were two big, dark red banners, symbolizing menstrual blood, then came the musicians - a band composed of twenty pregnant wim playing a victory march, followed by a troop of fifteen more wim waving blood towels of various colours, throwing them up into the air [...]

    • Matt Luedke says:

      This book basically asks the question: "What if women ran the world?" The semi-humorous, semi-dystopian answer begins with the idea that first off, the word wouldn't be "women" anyway. It would be "wom" and the gender we know as men would be "manwom." From there, many other linguistic changes are made so that the world is, even from its vocabulary, centered around women.From there, it explores concepts such as religion (rituals heavily centered around childbirth and symbolism highly reflective o [...]

    • Michele says:

      This is a funny, occasionally warm, sometimes biting, and in places rather horrifying satire on gender. In the world of Egalia's Daughters absolutely everything gender-related (except the actual act of giving birth) is reversed: females are in charge of the government, hold most of the important jobs, and make all the decisions for the family, while males stay home, curl their beards, gossip and raise the children. The reversal extends even to language itself: females are wom (sing.) and wim (pl [...]

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