Gender Differences In African Science Fiction

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All in all, fictional works such as Kindred, Beloved and Who Fears Death are extremely important both socially and politically, as fiction in general has an educational function and the power to stimulate personal transformation and social change. The pieces illustrate “how science fiction can continuously stimulate the imagination, present nonstereotypical representations of black people, provide imagined futures and alternative realities, challenge oppression and push the boundaries of thinking about race, racial identity, sex and gender“ (Jackson, 131). The works raise the awareness of race and gender inequality as well as ongoing patriarchy and stimulate the reader to think and question norms and standards on a regular basis. Also, examining postcrisis fiction enables us to expand the critical discourse that African science fiction demands, to begin to work through the genre’s figurations of power, ecology, and temporality, and how these operate in contemporary African thought“ (Omelsky, 35). In cultural studies, feminists have distinguished between “sex” as the biological, anatomical difference between male and female bodies, whereas “gender” is the meaning attached to those differences. Judith Butler, one of the most influential gender theorists of our time, even goes a step further in Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990). She argues that “even anatomical differences can be experienced only through the categories and expectations set out by

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