Written on the Body Themes

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Love Without Gender or Stereotypes

The writer of this novel chooses not to name the narrator or to give the narrator a clear gender. Throughout the novel, the narrator talks about past relationships, but mentions both men and women who have been a part of the narrator's past. The narrator is bi-sexual, leaving the reader unclear whether the narrator is male or female. By doing this, the writer removes preconceived ideas of sexuality as well as the biases of homosexuality. The narrator could be a woman, suggesting her love for Louise is a homosexual love for which some readers might have objections. However, the narrator may be a man who has had male lovers in the past. This suggest, too, could color the reader's feelings for the narrator with this past taking away some of the narrator's masculinity. Therefore, the author has taken away all of these biases by...

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