Mar 28

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Wendy Comments: Frederik Pohl knows how to pick ’em.

Published 1977

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 6.14 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “The Female Man”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    This is what Arnold Schwarzenegger warned us about!

  2. fred Says:

    What are the odds it has an NDA with Trump?

  3. Tat Wood Says:

    So is this a blue person wearing a pink skin-tight suit under a yellow one? That would sort of fit the book’s theme, if not plot details. But if so, why is Space Sheep covering up one clothed nipple and letting another be seen? And why is the convenient Pony-Tail of Decency covering naughty bits already within two layers of clothing?

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    Phew. I think we all know this could have been much, much worse.

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    @Francis: we know it has been

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Female male hands are hard to draw.

  7. Bruce A Munro Says:

    I see the Salvador Dali Memorial Highway is still under construction.

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    The Female Man? I’m confused by the reveal.

  9. JuanPaul Says:

    Bugs Bunny went a little too far with the monster’s haircut.

  10. Tor Mented Says:

    This has to be a female female. Manly men do not do skin peels.

  11. Tor Mented Says:

    I think she has her hair done at the same place as this woman.

  12. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    @TW # 3….I wholeheartedly agree…We want answers!

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I wonder if his/her hair peels off the way his/her skin does?

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I think Space Sheep actually improves this cover. Hides the weird peeling off the skin part.

    Yes, nothing says “groundbreaking feminist classic” like a nude woman, tits out, crotch only covered by a ridiculous hairdo.

    I can see how it parallels the action/character(s) of the novel, but as an image, it just sucks. It’s representing the content in such an artsy way that it’s rendered nonsensical and sexist.

    A person peeling off different colored bodysuits, but with pigtails that Pippi Longstocking could only dream of? She’s standing on a levitating green carpet, with a solar eclipse above her and a crescent moon below? Her hand looks weird b/c the glove has stretched?

    Explained how this was a feminist classic of the Women’s Lib era and then showed it to Mr. xnoob. He pondered it silently for a moment, then sighed “Just another exploitation cover…” And this is a man who very much enjoys devil’s dumplings IRL and in pictorial form, and is only slightly woke.

    But as Tat Wood (#5) pointed out, it could have been worse. The version pictured is the first printing; apparently UAI then had a contest over the years to see if someone could come up with a more sexist one that had nothing to do with the plot.

    @Bruce: Heh. That amused me and Mr. xn.

    @Tor: And they both seem to involve skins that peel off, too. A very specialized salon.

  15. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    Like TW and AS have already mentioned, beneath the sheep the Scooby Doo-like layers are very confusing. Is it a skin-tight suit or a tight skin-suit? Is it correctly sheeped or does it need a larger amount of sheepage? Does it technically not require any sheeping at all?

    #5 Tat Wood, I know it’s nothing to do with your point, but if somebody told me that picture was an early Toyah album cover I would believe them.

  16. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Well, the blurb says the only kind of men are female men, so I guess we’re all blue Pippi Longstocking when we take our skins off.

  17. Francis Boyle Says:


    I did find that cover during my search but due to the lack of phallic spaceships pointing in significant directions I decided to leave the potential awfulness to people’s imagination.

  18. A. R. Yngve Says:

    The cover artist was probably trying to express gender roles as a form of “second skin” or “costume”…
    …nah, who am I kidding? He was trying to squeeze some T & A into the cover.

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