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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?


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cassiphone
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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