Herland is the story of an expedition group of men who seek out and discover an isolated society of women living without men or the trappings of male-dominated culture. The book covers themes of sexuality, romantic love, and patriarchy. The three male explorers react to the female utopia in various ways ranging from outrage to acceptance. Held prisoner, they observe the asexual reproduction of their hosts. It is an early example of white, heterosexual Western feminist literature.