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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 04:44 am (UTC)
I'd put the first one as: what can we do to change it?

The second interests me, because I wonder why *I* don't write female stories. I'd start a discussion about that on my LJ but 1) I don't seem to have much luck with "discussion" posts over there and 2) I'm about to go away from any internet access for 2-3 days
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:46 am (UTC)
See I'm more like, why does it happen first, before what can we do to change it. If we don't admit it happens, we can't look at why it happens.

Jan. 12th, 2009 04:50 am (UTC)

That might be why you can't get the discussion to move forward. I'd go with "It happens, because I say it happens, now...." :)
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:51 am (UTC)
well :-)
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:46 am (UTC)
What kind of stories do you write?

Jan. 12th, 2009 04:53 am (UTC)

If you mean short storeis, I don't. I gave up on them a few years back (this is actually Tansy's fault -- not that I'm complaining).

I'm happier writing novels, but they (and the shorter things I used to write) invariably seem to have a male protag, with female supporting characters though. I like my female characters but they don't seem to want to take centre stage. I think this is because I "know* about women, it's the male of the species that I want to explore.
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
So you write men's stories? Stories about the journeys of men? Or people stories?
Jan. 14th, 2009 09:25 am (UTC)

I've been thinking about this all day (I read your comment when I dropped in to check email this morning). I'm not sure there's a simple answer, so I think it'll end up as a post in the next day or two.
Jan. 14th, 2009 10:45 am (UTC)
I'll look out for it.
Jan. 12th, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)
That's really interesting - I know there are quite a few women who don't write female stories, and it is a fascinating topic to me, so please do raise it when you're back. I'm sure I can come up with lots of questions!

Women can write great male stories and men can write great female stories. That's the whole beauty of fiction, you can have and do anything. As long as women aren't staying away from female stories because they think it might harm their career, cos that squicks me out something terrible.

It's also a problem if women feel like they don't get included in certain discussions, groups, etc, because they don't write female stories.

I've spent about the last 6 months repeatedly beating a dear friend and awesome writer over the head because she was told (by an EX BOYFRIEND) that she couldn't write male characters convincingly, and she bought it.

I forced her to, and she writes such marvellous boys and male characters.

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