SFF Mistressworks, and an article on the Guardian blog, the incredible shrinking presence of women SF writers, and it got me to thinking: What is with all the sexism?
I'm so totally NOT on board with this focus on women in literature, and I will tell you why.
1) In any other workplace, if people were determined to focus on the specifics between men and women, there would be a good case for a charge of sexism.
2) Women have been fighting for equality for years: why is this suddenly a new story?
3) In chick lit, there is not a fierce desire for there to be a slew of male authors - no one argues that Mike Gayle should be as widely read as Marian Keyes. Authors are enjoyed on their own merits.
4) Last night I was watching the Great British Menu and the commentator described one of the judges as a top female chef - and I felt insulted that she wasn't just considered to be a top chef. The same can be applied to authors: we should be insulted at having to focus on women separately.
For me, this is the height of a storm in a teacup, and I'm so tired of hearing about it now.
Why not consider it this way:
Read the books you like. Enjoy the books you read. Who cares the sex of the authors writing them? I certainly don't! Do you?