The fact is, the only time a man is really and entirely a man is when he´s just had a woman or just killed another man. That wasn´t original, he´d read it in some old books; but it was true. That was why he liked to imagine scenes like that. Even if the creechies weren´t actually men.
I loathe Captain Davidson!
So far I´m loving this novella by Le Guin. Her writing is absolutely stunning.