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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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monissaw
Jan. 14th, 2009 09:15 am (UTC)

You reminds me of a book I read last year, by a male writer using a female pseudonym. The (first person) narrator was a menopausal female cop with rather energetic breasts (they had a tendency to go sproing! all the time). I'd point it out as a very good example of how not to write the opposite sex. I don't know whether he was trying to give female readers something to relate to or trying to hard with the "pretending to be a woman" thing. Either way, someone needs to tell him to stop.

(Homicide, My Own, by Ann(e?) Argula, it did win some crime writing award & it is a very quick read, so it's not all bad.)
cassiphone
Jan. 14th, 2009 10:08 am (UTC)
Some men really are appallingly bad at writing women. Though I'm sure our male readers can cite equally bad examples of women writing appalling men. (snerks, the ones that read female authors, that is)

My absolute favourite is where a hint of lesbianism is thrown in for titilation rather than, say, character development purposes.
zillah975
Jan. 14th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
....

"Sproing"?


I just.

Do you have a copy handy, that you can...share a quote or two? I could use a good laugh today. :)

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