Study Guide

Natalie in The Female Man

By Joanna Russ


Natalie is the wife of the Manland Boss whom Jael assassinates. She's a "changed" Manlander, which in Manlander thinking means that her sole purpose in life is to be a good wife and serve her husband. When she brings drinks in to Boss and Jael, she's wearing "scarlet skin-tights, no underwear," and "transparent high-heeled sandals like Cinderella's" (8.8.1). Like her fairy-tale counterpart, Natalie is forced to slave away as a domestic drudge; the irony, of course, is that she's slaving away for her "prince."