The Left Hand of Darkness

The Left Hand of Darkness

by

Ursula K. Le Guin

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A Gethenian who, for unknown reasons, presents as male or female all of the time, as opposed to doing so only when in kemmer. Ai, who is biologically male, is sometimes assumed to be a pervert because he presents as male all the time.
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Pervert Term Timeline in The Left Hand of Darkness

The timeline below shows where the term Pervert appears in The Left Hand of Darkness. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
Sex, Gender, and Behavior Theme Icon
Duty and Loyalty Theme Icon
...Argaven is disturbed by photographs of men and women, people who he perceives to be “perverts.” Argaven wonders “why human beings here on earth should want or tolerate any dealings with... (full context)
Chapter 5
Duty and Loyalty Theme Icon
Otherness and Connectedness Theme Icon
Light and Dark, Religion and Spirituality  Theme Icon
...Celibates, one of whom must be in kemmer for the Foretelling to work; and a Pervert, someone in perpetual kemmer. Although Ai had considered asking a throw-away question, when he realizes... (full context)