Read “The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Writings” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

I believe Charlotte Perkins Gilman said herself that she never thought about being a novelist, yet she wrote amazing stories. 
In a sense she’s maybe referring to her ability to construct a complete, thorough structure for her novel, as her short fictions are the ones that continue to catch our eyes more than a century later. It’s not that her novel isn’t amazing, it is just that her short stories are much more distilled, with simple but powerful idea that each contains a hard-to-avoid narrative.
Her essays, which are equally important and deserve to be collected and preserved, however, are less distinguish as her fictional work from my point of view; theory evolves with new research and social condition and can be outdated. With so much development and fundamental shift, feminism today is far broader and more complex than the one her generation struggle to develop. Although many are still not achieved, we can see that feminist today has a much more diverse goals and her essays are more of a philosophical foundation than practical tools any more.
I enjoy the short fictions significantly more than her other works.

On Intercourse

I resist the word penetration as a term to describe intercourse from a biological male perspective as it carries an invasive undertone. But the action itself is almost irresistibly desirable, not because it demonstrates any dominance attempt or desire of possession, but because of the actual physical presence of being possessed.

Being enveloped by a body, being accepted in a physical form, being hugged by the most intimate part of a human body.

It’s the only thing that a female body can not perform, or being performed, in a sexual context. But at the same time a woman become the only one who is capable of giving that acceptance, and ultimately, giving birth. In such an angle, the role of (physical) male body and female body in a sexual act is reversed, the female body being the one that is giving (compare to ejection), and the male body is the one receiving.