Brave New World By Aldous Huxley

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A Brave New Feminist The novel Brave New World written by Aldous Huxley in 1932 is known for its social satire, utopian values, and unusual standpoints on stereotypical gender roles. In this time where futuristic technology has completely taken over, and men and women are given the same opportunities for everything, “the genders appear equal within the social order; both men and women work at the same jobs, have equal choice in sexual partners, and participate in the same leisure pursuits” (March 53). Huxley makes for a rather interesting feminist; “he was not only concerned about making women equal to men, he was also deeply concerned with the effects of technology and globalization on the quality of life for both genders” (Douglas-McMahon 21). However, there are many different sections of his novel that prove he was unable to fully rid of gender roles because of the time period in which he lived. Many of the stereotypical gender roles discussed in this book are also multiplied or switched rather than abolished. In his attempt to rid of stereotypical gender roles, Huxley manages to revolutionize, make fun of, and reconstruct them all in one breath. As we enter into this brave new world portrayed by Huxley as an always improving, always expanding utopia, we are first introduced to the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre. Immediately, we are shown that men with machines have been given the responsibility of reproduction over women with ovaries. Women are not

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