Male authors and reviewers continue to take a disproportionate slice of the literary pie – yet women out-read men at a ratio of 9 to 5.
The New York Times book reviews overwhelmingly suggest that women tend to write about domestic issues and affairs of the heart, while men write about serious issues such as politics. And when it came to gender representation, it was also noted that men write about war and have “ideas.” Whereas, women write about family and obsess over love or themselves – “me”.
In 2009, a group of volunteers drew attention to gender inequality in the field of book reviewing.Their study proved withering from the start. Men appeared 66% more frequently in The New York Times Book Review, three times more often in the London Review of Books, with other magazines holding even worse numbers. On the brighter note, a more recent study revealed that there has been a changing trends in the book-reviewing world.
Novelist John Boyne very boldly stated,
“Having been expected to bring up families while running a home and catering to society’s expectations of what women should be, they have a better grasp of human complexity. I think women are better novelists than men.”
Personally, I do not feel that I can make a valid judgement one way or the other but it is nice to know that at least one man sees women in this light.
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