What is a woman’s place in this modern world? I rebel against this question, though so many of my peers ask it. The inherent bias in the inquiry seems invisible to so many of them. They consider themselves progressive because they are willing to challenge many of the assumptions of the past.
They ignore the greater assumption — that a ‘place’ for women must be defined and set forth to begin with. Half of the population must somehow be reduced to the role arrived at by a single conversation. No matter how broad that role is, it will be — by nature — a reduction from the infinite variety that is womanhood.
I say there is no role for women — there is, instead, a role for each woman, and she must make it for herself. For some it will be the role of scholar; for others it will be the role of wife. For others it will be both. For yet others it will be neither.
Do not mistake me in assuming I value one woman’s role above another. My point is not to stratify our society — we have done that far too well already — my point is to diversify our discourse.
A woman’s strength should not be in her role, whatever she chooses it to be, but in the power to choose that role. It is amazing to me that I even have to make this point, as I see it as the very foundation of our conversation."
Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson
man, how great is it to flip open an epic fantasy novel and get an awesome piece of feminist criticism as a gnomic utterance? it’s perfectly in character too, AND has a lot of relevance to the entire rest of the book. people who say it’s too ~hard~ to fit women into a fantasy world need to suck it up and start taking notes, because this is just one of many A+ examples.