Study Guide

The Female Man The Little Blue Book and the Little Pink Book

By Joanna Russ

The Little Blue Book and the Little Pink Book

The party on Riverside Drive is a scene full of archetypal characters and witty symbolism. The Host's little blue book, called "WHAT TO DO IN EVERY SITUATION" (3.2.167), symbolizes patriarchal ideology and the expectations that a patriarchal society sets for men. Since The Female Man is a cutting, no-holds-barred satire, it's no surprise that the little blue book is packed full of degrading insults and actions to use against any woman who steps out of line. Joanna's little pink book, on the other hand, symbolizes the expectations that a patriarchal society sets for women like her.