I now see it thus: Men were inclined to be satisfied with the book, which allowed them a safe trip into androgyny and back, from a conventionally male viewpoint. But many women wanted it to go further, to dare more, to explore androgyny from a woman's point of view as well as a man's. In fact, it does so, in that it was written by a woman. But this is admitted directly only in the chapter "The Question of Sex," the only voice of a woman in the book. I think women were justified in asking more courage of me and a more rigorous thinking-through of implications.
S. M. Stirling's Nantucket series (1998-2000), while not lesbian science fiction per se, prominently featured a lesbian relationship in all three books. Good sci-fi, too.
Oh gods no. That's pretty much a straight male fantasy of lesbianism and also prominent features the rape of one of stevar's political enemies (an environmentalist) by a jaguar (!) as author delivered punishment. Note that in real life, Stirling also wanted rape as punishment for copyright offenders, so it's a bit of a theme with him.
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