I read a fantastic post today. It was written by Rebecca Lehmann for the Contrary blog, and I thoroughly suggest that you click on this link and read it right away. Go ahead. It’s worth it. I’ll wait.
Ready? What did you think?
I’ll tell you why it struck me, besides the obvious fact that *gasp* I’m a girl and *bigger gasp* I even have a tendency to “write like one”. It caught my attention because I’m lucky enough to be interviewing an extremely cool creative soul, a clever woman who writes about darkness. We were discussing the stigma of tackling dark subject matter as a woman, and then, WHAM! This article!
Personally, I feel that being a woman with a unique, feminine writing style has helped, rather than hindered, me in my fledgling career. There seems to be a niche that I fall neatly into, and I’m delighted about it. Still, in my very first radio interview, I was grilled by the hosts who wanted to know how a good girl like myself wrote horror. Nice boys write horror all of the time, but it doesn’t seem to bat the public’s eye.
Do you see gender biases in writing? If so, where? Does it have to do with certain genres, certain individuals, certain magazines?
I’d love to see a lively debate in the comments. Actually, I’d love to discuss it more now, but I have to run to the doctor and check on the babies, do my daughter’s hair, and other woman related things. 😉 Catch ya later.