E-Book The Gate to Women's Country Gender essentialist, heterosexist, cissexist garbage. Avoid at all costs.. The Gate to Women's Country is Book Tepper s finest novel to date is set in a post holocaust feminist dystopia that offers only two political alternatives a repressive polygamist sect that is slowly self destructing through inbreeding and the matriarchal dictatorship called Women s Country Here, in a desperate effort to prevent another world war, the women have segregated most men into closed military garrTepper s finest novel to date is set in a post holocaust feminist dystopia that offers only two political alternatives a repressive polygamist sect that is slowly self destructing through inbreeding and the matriarchal dictatorship called Women s Country Here, in a desperate effort to prevent another world war, the women have segregated most men into closed military garrisons and have taken on themselves every other function of government, industry, agriculture, science and learning.The resulting manifold responsibilities are seen through the life of Stavia, from a dreaming 10 year old to maturity as doctor, mother and member of the Marthatown Women s Council As in Tepper s Awakeners series books, the rigid social systems are tempered by the voices of individual experience and, here, by an imaginative reworking of The Trojan Woman that runs through the text A rewarding and challenging novel that is to be valued for its provocative ideas.. Sheri Stewart Tepper was a prolific American author of science fiction, horror and mystery novels she was particularly known as a feminist science fiction writer, often with an ecofeminist slant.Born near Littleton, Colorado, for most of her career 1962 1986 she worked for Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, where she eventually became Executive Director She has two children and is married to Gene Tepper She operated a guest ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico.She wrote under several pseudonyms, including A.J Orde, E.E Horlak, and B.J Oliphant Her early work was published under the name Sheri S Eberhart.. A viral Ebook The Gate to Women's Country One reviewer on Goodreads calls The Gate to Women's Country "gender essentialist, heterosexist, cissexist garbage," and it is, I suppose. First published in 1988, The Gate to Women's Country is very second-wave feminist and exhibits many of the problems one would expect from that description. It's also beautiful and sad and, while exclusionary, an otherwise excellent and enjoyable treatment of the issues that it did deal with.The Gate to Women's Country examines an (honestly not-so-unlikely) hypothetical future in which a world ruled by men ended in an apocalypse that wrecked the planet and almost killed everyone. In the aftermath of disaster, women and women-supporting men took over, with a plan of breeding the violence out of humanity. The central question of the novel is dependent on the premise that this goal can possibly attained and it is, simply, "Is it worth it?" Tepper explores the ways in which the Women's Country plan makes life harder for the people who live there as well as the ways in which a plan that is intended to create a better humanity can be itself dehumanizing for nearly everyone involved.Even though, by the end of the novel, we can see evidence of the success of the plan, we're still left wondering if being able to do something makes it right to actually do it. Does the end justify the means, or do we lose our humanity on the road to trying to save it?