On Xs and Ys (Chromosomes, That Is)

I’ve been reading a lot lately about writing and gender, specifically discussions about women writing genre fiction.  These discussions usually center around questions like:

  • Do readers gravitate toward male writers of fantasy/sci-fi?
  • Why are women continually left off Best Of lists despite often winning an equal share of annual fantasy/sci-fi awards?
  • Are female authors taken less seriously?
  • Can readers really be gender-blind when choosing books?

I don’t have all the answers–it’s a pretty complex subject–but I definitely believe there is a bias and that’s a problem.

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