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How many people does it take to say that the gender inbalance in SF outlets is a problem before it's seriously acknowledged, and accepted, as a problem?

Reasons, blame, motives, agenda, solutions and reason aside.

When is it allowed to be just ... an issue?

When will we be able to get past that discussion and start looking deeper at the more interesting aspects of it?


Jan. 12th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
And the other one of course is - with the reviewers and people determining 'best ofs' being predominantly male, the whole issue of which art is determined to be the superior example... is also skewed.

So not just male editors (and publishers), but so many male voices approving of said editors. And I do feel that those women who do make a name for themselves in the field as editors are those who select work which is generally liked by that predominantly masculine critical voice - not necessarily just at a 'lots of male authors' level, but having tastes which correspond to that voice.

So yes, we need diversity at all levels - editorial, publishing, critics, writers and protagonists - in order to get to a place where the field actually has enough of a range to appeal equally to women as well as men. And to be honest, I don't think it's just the female reader who is missing out. Male readers also deserve to be exposed to the widest possible range of experience, stories and characters in their fiction. Male readers absolutely deserve the chance to read awesome stories by female authors as well as male, and right now in the SF field they are (still) being short-changed.

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