This has been a great year for male writers, with women shunted aside for major prizes and all-new hand-wringing about why it is so. Because, I donâ€™t know if youâ€™ve noticed, but male writers get taken more seriously. Also, stories about men, even if written by women, are considered mainstream, while stories about women are â€œwomenâ€™s fiction.â€ This despite the fact that women read more than men, and write more, and are over-represented generally throughout publishing.
As the father of two girls, one aged five and one ten months, I know why. Itâ€™s because of dogs and Smurfs. I canâ€™t understand why no-one else realizes this. I see these knotted-brow articles and the writers seem truly perplexed. Dogs and Smurfs: thatâ€™s the answer.
Read the rest here. I don’t think it’ll be news to any of you, but it’s a nicely put together article worth sharing.