Ursula K. Le Guin writes, “I am a man.”

December 17, 2014

Ursula K. Le Guin writes some very interesting words; going beyond the usual linguistic issues by discussing the problems with using the male gender as the gender which includes women too.   If the word “he” stands for humanity in general, then, says Le Guin:

“That’s who I am. I am the generic he, as in, “If anybody needs an abortion he will have to go to another state,” or “A writer knows which side his bread is buttered on.” That’s me, the writer, him. I am a man. Not maybe a first-rate man. I’m perfectly willing to admit that I may be in fact a kind of second-rate or imitation man, a Pretend-a-Him. ”

Read her words in this article (really a book review) by Maria Popova.


Lē Isaac Weaver
Lē Weaver identifies as a non-binary writer, musician, and feminist spiritual seeker. Their work draws attention to: the ongoing trauma experienced by women and LGBTQIA people in this “Christian” society; Christ/Sophia’s desire that each of us move deeper into our own practice of non-violence; and the desperate need to move away from an androcentric conception of God.


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