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  •  I don't have any idea what you are talking about. (4+ / 0-)

    I don't seem to recall anything that is really blatantly sexist.

    There might be blatantly sexist people in some of the stories, but which part is some character's voice and which is Niven's?

    He rarely engages in much meta and I don't really know WHAT his voice is through his various characters.

    He certainly writes about capable and competent people of both sexes, and there are a number of significant women among his characters.

    If there's ANYTHING that relates to human sexual issues, it's tangental, apparently the Puppeteers AND the Kzin are both intelligent races with highly unconventional (compared to Humans) sex lives.  The Puppeteers are apparently a race that requires the assistance of a non-intelligent related being called a "companion" to recreate themselves, and apparently bearing young kills this Companion.  The Puppeteers have same-sex relationships/romances which lead to some sort of three-way fertilization between the the two Puppeteers and their "Companion"....

    The Kzin have apparently actively destroyed the minds of their females through some sort of genetic manipulation in their distant past, and they lead singular lives with their kits and their friends, their females are regarded as valued but dim-witted family members, and the Kzintosh are about as romantic as a buzz-saw.  At the same time, there's a growing story line about a secret cabal of Kzinretti who are absolutely intelligent, and very carefully hide their intelligence and seek to overcome their culture's abhorrent abuse of the female gender.

    If it's blatantly sexist to discuss these issues, then we can't discuss ANYTHING without being accused of blantant sexism.

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    by leftykook on Sat Aug 03, 2013 at 05:14:55 PM PDT

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