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Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi, August 19, , Tor Books edition, Hardcover in English. SHE WON'T GO DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHTIt's not every day you up sticks and move to another world. But then, Zoë Boutin-Perry's life has never been ordinary. Read online or Download Zoe's Tale Zoe's Tale, Old Man's War War Audience: General Format: ePUB Language: English Published: 1st.

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The U-turn on child benefits was proof, if proof were needed, that gender was political and politics were gendered. Many in parliament seemed to agree; the Guardian reported "widespread accusations of a Cabinet surrender to 'trade union male chauvinism'" 26 May Barbara Castle MP wrote in the New Statesman : "The row over the government's decision to postpone the introduction of the child benefit scheme is ,,, the eruption of a growing anger at the stubborn masculine bias of British politics.

And we didn't. Women of all political backgrounds, including trade unionists and Tories, communists and Christians, poverty pressure groups, mainstream women's organisations, and, of course feminists, protested and petitioned.

Eventually an untidy compromise was stitched up. Child benefits were reinstated, but at a lower rate than had previously been planned.

The WRRC, precursor of what is now the Feminist Library, was the perfect vantage point from which to watch the child benefit saga unfold, not only because the dampness of the small single room kept it cooler than the rest of London during one of the longest, hottest summers on record, but also because of the way the entire debate rushed across my field of vision in the form of the literature and propaganda with which all sides kept the WRRC supplied.

Every post brought new contributions. Most feminists favoured child benefits for mothers, but did we really want them financed by money taken out of the pay packets of fathers? Were child benefits not just another term for "wages for housework", a demand which some women supported but others abhorred? If women were paid for housework, would that make the government our boss?

The argument flowed through my ink-stained fingers as I cranked out newsletters on our huge, noisy Gestetner duplicator. Whatever happened to all those Gestetner duplicators when whispering digital printers took over? Perhaps it was the heat, but I was becoming dizzy. Wiping sweat from my brow and ink from my clothes, I realised that I could see both sides: yes, women who did domestic work at home should have money of their own.

Yes, such a payment could turn malignant and become a weapon of social control.

Obviously I was going to have to write a novel. Which I did. It is the one you are holding in your,,, whatever you are holding this in. I was not new to fiction writing. I had made an early start, publishing two novels while still at university.

But these had not earned enough money for the publishers to continue their interest in me, and I had been unceremoniously dropped. It's hard to be a has-been in your early twenties, and for a number of years I had written no novels, though I joined a feminist short story writing group with Sara Maitland, Valerie Miner, Michele Roberts and Michelene Wandor which helped me rediscover my fiction-writing enthusiasm and voice. In late , I started work on Benefits.

It was never intended as a manifesto.

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That's what you write if you think you have all the answers, which I didn't and don't. I wrote Benefits to tell a story about how sexual politics impact on people. The characters include Lynn, a journalist and mother of a disabled daughter; Derek, Lynn's loyal but sometimes put-upon husband; Marsha, Lynn's friend and lover; and Judy who, like Cassandra in Greek myth, is cursed always to speak the truth, but never to be believed.

Another important character in the novel is a building: a crumbling inner-city tower block, squatted and colonised by dissident women. Benefits took two years to write, and was published in October by Virago. It featured in Time Out magazine's alternative bestsellers, was translated into Swedish, Danish, and German, and published as a mass-market paperback in the USA. It was adapted into a stage play, and shortlisted for two literary awards the Hawthornden and the Philip K Dick.

The Virago edition remained in print for nearly 20 years, after which the rights were acquired by Five Leaves.

A quotation from the book became the text of an alternative Christmas card: "The birth of a man who thinks he's God isn't such a rare event. Opinions varied from rapturous enthusiasm to bored distaste, from supercilious putdowns to cordial disagreement and reasoned debate.

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Women's Voice , the women's paper from what is now the Socialist Workers' Party, declared the book to be "feminist but not revolutionary", mainly because of its "dangerous assumption that we are involved in a gender struggle and not a class struggle.

The Women's Voice reviewer and I might not have seen eye-to-eye on the meanings of the words "feminist", "revolutionary" and "dangerous", but she had noticed what many other reviewers missed: that Benefits is a political novel in which all the serious struggles are about gender.

Other issues class, party, race, international affairs are treated as peripheral, important only insofar as they reflect on how the sexes relate to each other.

This was not because I saw or see class, party, race or international affairs as side-issues. That would be absurd.

Such matters, and the relationships between them, are too complex to arrange in simplistic pecking-orders of importance.

But the male-dominated Left in the 70s was notorious for doing just that: loftily informing feminists that our concerns were no more than bourgeois deviations from the real struggle, and that the problem of sexism could be left to solve itself, after the revolution. I thought, what if it were the other problems - the ones which these men did acknowledge as important - that were left to solve themselves?

And I wrote Benefits in that spirit. In spite of this, and in spite of the fact that the book was written before Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister, it was often seen, during the Thatcher years, as an attack on Thatcherite welfare policies. When the stage version of Benefits was produced at the Albany Empire in south London in , Shelagh Stephenson played Isabel Travers leader of the fictional anti-feminist Family Party as a Thatcher clone - voice, handbag, the works.

Stephenson brought the house down, and I enjoyed her performance as much as anyone, but I couldn't help feeling that an important point had been missed. I don't worry about that any more.

It is only right that a novel like this should take on a life of its own, and that the politics of the time when it was written should interact with those of the time when it is read. That is my answer to those readers who, encountering the book for the first time, notice all the things I got wrong in my predictions about the early 21st century.We like to brandish that reeks are sweetly educated, wherefore in medallist much unto my pedestrianism is outspent on the externe industry.

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