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"Post-feminist" author's career-ending rampage against male-dominated literary establishment.

The 2012 VIDA statistics have been out for some time now, so I won't linger over the current and quantifiable inequity—yes, even in this magazine—in the frequency with which male and female writers are reviewed today, five years after the past was deemed "gone." It's a proven fact, backed by simple math even my first grader can understand: the number of reviews of books by men is greater than the number of reviews of books by women; the number of male reviewers is greater than the number of female reviewers. Men, in other words, are still the arbiters of taste, the cultural gatekeepers, and the recipients of what little attention still gets paid to books.

What I will do, however, is open my kimono and make it personal, though I've been warned not to do this. It's career suicide, colleagues tell me, to speak out against the literary establishment; they'll smear you. But never mind. I'm too old and too invisible to said establishment to care. And I still believe, as Carol Hanisch wrote back in 1969—when I was having my then three-year-old feet forced into stiff Mary Janes—that the personal is political.

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by Anonymousreply 104/11/2013

What else is new?

by Anonymousreply 204/11/2013

I was working in the book industry when the Chick Lit thing was big. It's basically a step up from romance novels, but it sells and doesn't carry quite the same stigma for the reader. I think a lot of intelligent women's fiction is marketed like chick lit because it sells and most publishers are not brave souls.

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