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Via some random series of link-hopping, the beginning of which I've forgotten: White male authors privileged, writing by women dismissed via placement under increasingly broad heading of "chick lit". No really! I am so shocked. I never saw it coming!

To be honest, dismissing writing by women about women as Girl Stuff was seriously old in the 1880s. And long, long before, I'm sure.

Is it time to move on yet? As a culture I mean? Or is literary merit actually determined by the size of your cock? Have I had it wrong all this time?

(Also deeply shocking, from today's edition of svenska dagbladet: Sverigedemokraterna say that no-one in Sweden was prepared to made an election video for them, so they had to go to... guess! Go on, guess! Yes, that's right.


Date: 2010-09-02 07:24 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] valborg

On a slightly more positive note, I read a review about a book written by a woman the other day. It was about women. The title (Spill: en damroman) indicates that it's all about women. Or for women. Or both. It was described by a male reviewer as irreplaceable and dealing with deeply human issues, that are common to everyone. Maybe there is hope after all.

Also, go write, bitch.

Date: 2010-09-02 07:27 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] valborg
And like the comments said, it's time we started talking about 'dick lit'. Srsly.

Date: 2010-09-02 01:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] annotated_em
You know, I'm pretty sure that people are still convinced that literary merit really is measured by length-of-cock. Which is probably why I have so little interest in the stuff that generally gets labeled literary, I guess. *grumbles* At least when I'm reading the genre stuff I can roll around in the distracting unicorns and space ships and ignore the irritating misogyny when it crops up, because I'm being entertained.

*walks away, muttering and ranting*

Date: 2010-09-02 05:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silveradept
And people wonder why there's still the use of male pseudonyms when writing happens. Because the culture still expects that action, suspense, and mysteries where romance isn't the heavy subplot if not the main plot can only be written by men.

And if literary merit is determined solely by penis size, why aren't more porn stars writing bestsellers?

Date: 2010-09-02 05:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nanila
Perhaps the solution should be to require authors to use only initials, as they do in science journals. *eyeroll*


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