Study Guide

Mrs. Allison in The Female Man

By Joanna Russ

Mrs. Allison

Mrs. Allison is Jeannine's co-worker at the public library. We don't learn very much about her other than that she's African-American and knowledgeable about global politics. She seems to be introduced simply so that the narrator can identify her as "a N****" (1.2.2)—a phrase that suggests that in Jeannine's world, race relations have not progressed very far.