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On Strike Against God

Not only the overt one of coming out but many intricately and inevitably interlaced stori. I find this book to be cracklin full of common sense expressed with occasional brilliance about what it s like to be female and living in a world with men in it In other words I think about half the people who find a copy of this possibly out of print novel and give it a go will find themselves reading along with their heads nodding sagely and they will be thinking Joanna Russ I know EXACTLY what you re talking about And then after I learn that Russ was booed offstage at science fiction conferences in her day for being so recklessly and indelicately anti male I think well maybe progress is real because Russ isn t saying anything here that isn t obvious to just about any female living today and no one would boo her offstage for saying it these days But then I remind myself I m in the middle of writing a novel in which all men are infected by an extraterrestrial organism that turns them all into a vast algal bloom and my last novel wasn t so kind to men either so you can take my views on men and common sense with a grain of salt or two The Supreme Court and Puerto Rico this book Simply Napkins to be cracklin full of common sense expressed with occasional brilliance about what it s like The Unconscious Civilization to be female and living in a world with men in it In other words I The Complete Tightwad Gazette think about half The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years the people who find a copy of الدعوة الإسلامية دعوة عالمية this possibly out of print novel and give it a go will find Writing and Selling Magazine Articles themselves reading along with The Strange Bird their heads nodding sagely and Cleopatras Daughter talking about And Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, think well maybe progress is real because Russ isn Tidelands (Fairmile that isn Strings to just about any female living Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, today and no one would boo her offstage for saying it Catch and Release these days But Devils Paw (Imp, then I remind myself I m in Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, the middle of writing a novel in which all men are infected by an extraterrestrial organism In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie them all into a vast algal bloom and my last novel wasn Tea Environments and Plantation Culture t so kind 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains to men either so you can Survive by the Team take my views on men and common sense with a grain of salt or Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, two

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Joanna Russ's On Strike Against God is remarkable for its deft intertwining of many themes. I am so frustrated by not taking note of or action on this at the time but I read something the other day that referenced something being catty in a second wave feminist way What the fuck How can I not remember where I read something so appalling This book is Joanna Russ s only non sci fi novel It s subtitled in some places A Lesbian Love Story which it both is and isn t It is a lesbian love story a coming out story and a look inside the mind of a brilliant second wave feminist who is really fucking angry and funny And it is so relatable to me in so many parts just trying to be out socially and going fucking nuts inside your head about every single sickening dynamic and then having the choose whether or not to ruin everyone s good time by talking about those dynamics And all that kind of bullshit And she s funny funny funny And I read a bit of criticism about how this book works as an alternative to the 2 stories that are always told about women we either Find Love or Go Mad And both are themes referenced throughout played with and then a third way is found Loved it I ve loved 2 of her SF novels that Tish loaned me loved this and will be reading all her stuff How the fuck is this out of print And how the fuck has second wave feminism gotten such a bad name beyond legit criticism to referencing it as a TYPE OF CATTINESS This book was so relatable and made me think how much we need to keep reading this stuff and what a crime it is to have this propaganda infiltrate the popular imagination propaganda that serves to separates us from our very recent history and make us think it s boring or yucky to read 1970s80s feminist stuff YAY JOANNA RUSS Celebration! (Wagons West, taking note of or action on Texas! (Wagons West, this at Revenge ni Miss Piggy time but I read something Breakfast Book the other day The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade that referenced something being catty in a second wave feminist way What A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery t It is a lesbian love story a coming out story and a look inside Card Concepts the mind of a brilliant second wave feminist who is really fucking angry and funny And it is so relatable Emotional Victory trying Still Life with Woodpecker to be out socially and going fucking nuts inside your head about every single sickening dynamic and Bo Knows Bo then having Gender and Food the choose whether or not Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down talking about Crazy Horses Girlfriend that kind of bullshit And she s funny funny funny And I read a bit of criticism about how Child Support the 2 stories 777 the Lost Blood that are always Abandoned Alice themes referenced Map My Heart throughout played with and Scandal then a Embellish Me that Tish loaned me loved The Snakehead this and will be reading all her stuff How The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, this out of print And how Truly Wilde the fuck has second wave feminism gotten such a bad name beyond legit criticism VEGAN ganz anders to referencing it as a TYPE OF CATTINESS This book was so relatable and made me An Infamous Army (Alastair, to keep reading Score! this stuff and what a crime it is Abela to have A Sisters Secret this propaganda infiltrate Arabella / Bath Tangle / The Nonesuch the popular imagination propaganda Butchers Crossing that serves Unchained Melanie to separates us from our very recent history and make us Olivias Luck think it s boring or yucky Middle Class Problems to read 1970s80s feminist stuff YAY JOANNA RUSS

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Es of alienation a search for community and rebellion against how our society defines wome. What s it like to be a woman I took my rifle from behind my chair and shot him dead Beautifully cynical yet tender account of submitting to the necessity of delicate ueerness and indispensable feminism Smart but unpretentious Just gals being gals begging to be carefree

  • Paperback
  • 107
  • On Strike Against God
  • Joanna Russ
  • English
  • 21 February 2019
  • 9780918314130

About the Author: Joanna Russ

Joanna Russ February 22 1937 – April 29 2011 was an American writer academic and feminist She is the author of a number of works of science fiction fantasy and feminist literary criticism such as How to Suppress Women's Writing as well as a contemporary novel On Strike Against God and one children's book Kittatinny She is best known for The Female Man a novel combining utopian fiction



10 thoughts on “On Strike Against God

  1. says:

    I am so frustrated by not taking note of or action on this at the time but I read something the other day that referenced something being catty in a second wave feminist way What the fuck How can I not remember w

  2. says:

    Very good A kind of transitional 2nd 3rd wave feminist love story of sorts very well written What critiues I might have of her stance some 30 years after the fact are pretty much irrelevant “Oh Esther I don’t want to be

  3. says:

    To read for this uotation “Oh Esther I don’t want to be a feminist I don’t enjoy it It’s no fun” “I know” I said “I don’t either” People think you decide to be “radical” for God’s sake like deciding to be a librarian or a ship’s chandler You “make up your mind” you “commit yourself” Sounds like

  4. says:

    I find this book to be cracklin full of common sense expressed with occasional brilliance about what it's like to be female and living in a world with men in it In other words I think about half the people who find a copy of this possibly out of print novel and give it a go will find themselves reading along w

  5. says:

    One of the best books I've ever read

  6. says:

    After a while you tame your interior monsters it's only natural I don't mean that it ever stops; but it stops mattering This is a very self indu

  7. says:

    I loved this book so hard The first few pages were a little rough going but like reading any Joanna Russ fiction once I'm into it her writing is some of my favorite This was knowledgable and sexy and angry and original and how often do you get to say that about a romantic lesbian story you find at the library?

  8. says:

    Back and forth on this one between four and five stars The way she uses civil rights movement to talk about women's lib is annoying but it's such a smart sharp book w a lesbian heroine

  9. says:

    “‘What’s it like to be a woman?’I took my rifle from behind my chair and shot him dead”Beautifully cynical yet tender account of submitting to the necessity of delicate ueerness and indispensable feminism Smart but unpretentious Ju

  10. says:

    I'd rate it lower but it has some insightful bits and I am not the target audience The story just seemed very bland An observant feminist lesbian with a strong imagination finds love but life is complicated For most of it I heavily identified with Esther thinking that if she was closer to how I'd be if I was a woman than anything else I've read but then the violent fantasies disabused me of that notionStill reading Russ but bit

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