Friday, October 23, 2015

The Yoni Sutra, by Priya Chand

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, January/February 2015; ~4,000 words
Rating: 2, Not recommended

In a future India, Shalini juggles the responsibilities of being a new bride and dealing with a new woman at work, one who doesn't have the chip that protects her from men who make advances.

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: The chip makes for an interesting plot device.

Con: We see the gross unfairness of the chip when Shalini delivers a stunning shock to a boy who only looked at her and we learn that he would have been arrested for the contact if she hadn't cancelled it. So in a society that is so overbalanced in favor of women, it's impossible to believe that working women aren't allowed to have children. (Or, more accurately, must choose between having a family or having a career.) 

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