Concerns of the Second Sex
by Pavarti K. Tyler
Concerns of the Second Sex, Pavarti K. Tyler's latest short story, can be found in the newly-released Alt. History 101 anthology.
You can read my review of Concerns of the Second Sex below. More books and stories by this author: White Chalk (read my blog post), Dead Girl (read my blog post), and Heaven's Vault (read my blog post).
What if the women's suffragist movement lost their battle for the right to vote? Women never entered the workforce during the World Wars, creating a class of immigrant workers lacking the rights insisted on by the unionizing and anti-child labor movements. Years later, civil rights are a luxury afforded only to the elite free white male ruling class.
By Lynda Dickson
In a society where women haven't been emancipated, fourteen-year-old Helen, the seventh daughter of Master Calvin's seventh wife, is considered "unmarriable". In her culture, interracial relationships are forbidden and women are born to breed - they are not educated, aren't allowed to read, can't play games of strategy such as chess, and can't even wear pants. With no marriage prospects, Helen now faces the option of factory work, community service, or surrogacy. Helen's mother helps her escape to a suffragist safe-house. But what will happen when her father finds out?
This is a harrowing and thought-provoking story, thankfully with a hint of hope at the end. You'll never take wearing pants for granted again.
Pavarti K. Tyler has done it again. Highly recommended.
About the Author
Award winning author of multi-cultural and transgressive literature, Pavarti K. Tyler is an artist, wife, mother and number cruncher. She graduated Smith College in 1999 with a degree in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry several international law firms. She now lives with her husband, two daughters and one very large, very terrible dog. She keeps busy working with fabulous authors as the Director of Marketing at Novel Publicity and penning her next genre bending novel.
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