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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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capnoblivious
Jan. 12th, 2009 06:20 am (UTC)
Podcastle - a spoken-word fantasy short story podcast - did this to me. It just *felt* female-heavy, to the extent that I went and checked.

It wasn't. At the time I checked, there were still more male-written and male-narrated stories than female.

I thought about the perception, and I narrowed it down to a few things.

1) The editors are mostly female, which means that the intros and "outros" are largely spoken by women.
2) A couple of the early stories were the kind of female-targetted story that GJ talks about above, which I don't identify as the target audience for.
3) It has a noticeably higher female presence than Escape Pod, its parent podcast.

I think the third one had the most influence on my perception.

I still listen to PC; on balance, I still prefer EP, but I'm glad I took the time to check my perception, because it helped to normalise it to something closer to reality.
cassiphone
Jan. 12th, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
This interests me, because it's quite a common effect, that men feel or perceive a female-heavy balance when in fact there isn't one.

Sometimes it only has to be a little above the norm (whether the norm is something low like 25% or whatever) for men to start feeling that the women are "taking over" and get all defensive about it.
capnoblivious
Jan. 12th, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
*mumbles*: 'mnotdefensive.
cassiphone
Jan. 12th, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
*blows kisses*

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