Monday, November 09, 2009

Sexist Publisher's Weekly Prefers Books By Men

Just when you thought we had finally buried that insufferable patriarchal tradition of declaring that all the best thoughts, all the best books were written by the men . . . along comes sexist Publisher's Weekly.

Publisher's Weekly, a U.S. trade magazine, has decreed that all the best books of 2009 are books written by men. Because the menz are the best!!

Clearly, Publisher's Weekly still believes in male supremacy. We are not the only ones who are so embarrassed for them:

Poet Erin Belieu, WILLA's other co-founder and director of the creative writing programme at Florida State University, said that "when PW's editors tell us they're not worried about 'political correctness', that's code for 'your concerns as a feminist aren't legitimate'". "They know they're being blatantly sexist, but it looks like they feel good about that," said Belieu. "I, on the other hand, have heard from a whole lot of people - writers and readers - who don't feel good about it at all."

WILLA has now launched a wiki list of "great books published by women in 2009", which already includes AS Byatt's The Children's Book, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's The Thing Around Your Neck and Audrey Niffenegger's Her Fearful Symmetry.

via Melissa at Women and Hollywood