Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Women Writers

I'm not comfortable with the bold, declarative statement that women are better writers than men, anymore than I would be the inverse. I think women create better female characters than men often do, and I might even grudgingly agree that women are better writers for women, but even that implies that female readers are an estrogen-filled monolith (which isn't even close to true, for myriad reasons).

It's a nice sentiment, and a poor consolation prize, given that women are still under-represented in journalism (particularly the "hard" macho kind) and in the literary canon. There should be a better way of talking about it, though, than "Nanny-nanny boo, we're still better."

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