Study Guide

The Selection Women and Femininity

By Kiera Cass

Women and Femininity

The country of Illéa in The Selection doesn't exactly have balanced gender relations. Women are supposed to have male providers here. They're valued more for their beauty than their brains. Heck, even princesses have it tough: they get traded to other countries rather than trained to become leaders. In the middle of all of this silliness, however, we have one shining light: America Singer. Though she's never heard the word before, America is true feminist, and her fearlessness in the face of others' preconceptions provides a great example to any of us who have ever felt bullied by the people with all the power.

Questions About Women and Femininity

  1. Is the Selection sexist? Explain your answer.
  2. How is sexuality used to subjugate women in Illéa?
  3. In your opinion, is America a feminist? Explain your answer.
  4. Are gender relations in Illéa related to the caste system in any way? Explain.

Chew on This

The fact that it's uncommon for a woman to marry a man from a lower class shows that gender and caste are related in Illéa.

Although it's supposedly based on health concerns, the ban on premarital sex in Illéa is primarily a way to subjugate women.