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In "Loud Achievements: Lois McMaster Bujold's Science Fiction" (first published, in two parts, in the New York Review of Science Fiction Oct and Nov 1998, and reprinted on-line at ), Sylvia Kelso suggests that for most of the books of the series, Miles is attractive to female readers because he is "codedly feminine," or, as she quotes Bujold herself saying, "a female in disguise," "socially disadvantaged" by his physique, "just as women in patriarchal society are made to feel deformed." All of that changes, though, in A Civil Campaign. Miles may be "socially disadvantaged," but he is not only politically very powerful, but is positioned, repeatedly, as a patriarch, not only with respect to Ekaterin, but with respect to all the women working on the bug project, with respect to the scientist who engineered the bugs, and with respect to the Lady Donna/Lord Dono issue.