Dorothy Allison, “The Future of Female: Octavia Butler’s Mother Lode” in Reading Black, Reading Feminist edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

The Oankali represent Butler’s solution to the sexual horrors she details in every novel — a people who honor the act of procreation so greatly they are incapable of rape, and who enjoy sex so much they treat all sexual acts with matter-of-fact honesty, an approach that appalls the kidnapped humans.

And she tells a good story too.

And so for day 450

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