Herb has feedback on the topic of Swords & Sorcery and Sexism, with a few recommendations for examples of the genre with interesting female characters.
Gate of Ivrel by CJ Cherryh
The Birthgrave series by Tanyth Lee
Against the Horde by David Gemel
Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Barsoom series and Venus series
The Saga of Dray Prescott by Alan Burt Akers
Under The Green Star by Lin Carter
John Norman’s Gor series
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I have enough Gor to do a book club, plus know people in the Gor section of the S&M world.