I must know! What books are from this period, and why must they not be read?
And what do you think makes a decent female character?
I grew up (arguably!) reading some Heinlein, among lots of other sci-fi, and have usually found him interesting. Even when I am guessing that I don’t find all of his views agreeable. From early childhood, I have always contended that gender and even biological sex are both fluid, and was probably too happy to read in Heinlein, for the first time, anybody else expressing such concepts. But when I last read some was 25 years ago, and I might well interpret it differently from my current frame of reference.