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It can be considered racist in the same way a SF novel set in a society where women control everything and suppress men could end up scarily sexist, even if it was intended as a condemnation of sexism.

Edger Rice Burroughs did that routine in one of the myriad of Tarzan books, whereby Tarzan teaches the suppressed guys to stand up for themselves and after one slaps the woman trying to subdue him, she looks adoringly up at him from his feet. She wanted that sort of treatment apparently as "normal." Ick!

Jean Auel's fourth book "Plains of Passage" also has a similar society, but after Ayla and Jondalar set things straight, the people return to a semi-equal society that seems typical of Auel's idea of the Cro-Magnon world. (The Clan were definately sexist!)

In an opposite vein, anyone ever read that John Norman "Gor" series? What a waste of paper that was. Women were either in power and not interested in sex, or love slaves who knew that was what they really wanted (and the women in power wanted to be love slaves too, but would never admit such a thing.) Sounds like John Norman's wet dreams made it into print. There must have been some 14 books in the series. I probably shouldn't be surprised that it was popular enough to warrent sequels, but I still am.

Moonglade
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