The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress Essay

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The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein is a 1966 science fiction novel that depicts a lunar colony’s revolt against Earthmen’s dominion over its economics and politics. The novel presents strong female characters who incite and sustain the revolution, alongside the male torchbearers. Although Heinlein’s characterization of Lunar women as citizens with freedom of choice over marriage and employment is suggestive of his progressive attitude, the lack of self-ownership and ultimate marginalization of women as wives, serve to elucidate Heinlein’s greater conformity to the traditional gender representations of the 20th century.

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