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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 03:42 am (UTC)
That is an important issue, because it's pretty clear that this is a significant factor. The trouble is, whenever this argument comes up, the aspect about not enough women submitting ends up being used to squash all the other elements of the argument.

The fact is, there is a REASON that many women don't submit to certain venues. I think that the lack of female names in the TOCs turns many off in droves, because - like the readers - they suspect that their work is less likely to appeal to the editors.
Jan. 12th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
I think it's a more relevant issue. It's certainly more interesting (and less subjective) than arguing whether editors are showing a bias.
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
It all ties in together. I know that as a submitting author, I am more likely to submit to a magazine with a) a female editor or b) strong representation of women in the TOC. I don't like to waste my time, and I assume those markets would be more likely to like my story - not publish me *because* I'm female but be more likely to relate to my stories. I feel excluded as a writer as well as a reader from those markets which don't do this.

But then my writing career was launched amid some pretty harsh criticism of me writing a blatantly "girly" fantasy book which won a prize named after an important male SF author, so... I kind of started out defensive about this stuff.
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:29 am (UTC)
but the other aspect of that is ... if response rates are slow, and you are not likely to get your story bought cause they don't seem to publish female writers, the pace at which you can build your own cred at a writer is slowed UNLESS you can get it to an outlet you think is more likely to buy a female story. Or not not buy you because your story is about a stay-at-home mum.

So that ... if you can get more publications in a shorter time, a bigger, less female-friendly outlet might consider you more worthy cause you have a name elsewhere.

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