Friday, May 21, 2010

Sexual stereotypes strike again

I'm always amused when someone makes wild statements about men's or women's capabilities and then they're shown to be wrong.

Rob Thurman is a woman who writes from a male Point Of View. She guest posted over at Talk in the Shadows and wrote:

I even once received a fan mail that said ‘thank God, finally a man writes a male pov. Women can’t do it.’

Of course they can't.

It's so lovely to see the stereotype being proved wrong.

12 COMMENTS:

Old Kitty said...

It still upsets me to think that JK Rowling had to be JK Rowling and not Joanne Rowling because her publishers thought a woman writing for kids about wizards wouldn't be taken seriously or sell as much to the kiddies.

Horrifying.

And very very wrong! And to think this still happens in this day and age.. grrrrrr!

:-)

Take care
x

fairyhedgehog said...

Kitty, you'd think we'd be past that now, wouldn't you?

Kate said...

We should start making up pseudonyms the way companies do:

Ajilon Sysco
Agilent Accenture
Initech Initrode

They make no sense AND they're gender neutral. I think I'll be Logisys Covansys. (Almost sounds like latin, doesn't it?)

fairyhedgehog said...

Kate (or should I say Logisys?) that's a brilliant idea! We could even use names straight out of our spam folder. I did start a story once starring Matrix Direct and Halloween Candy but I never finished it.

maybe genius said...

And I'd put down good money that if the pseudonym had been female, that person would have thought she "got it all wrong." Sigh.

fairyhedgehog said...

maybe, absolutely! And isn't it sickening?

Simon Kewin said...

Well said; I couldn't agree more.

fairyhedgehog said...

Simon, I wonder if you come up against prejudices based on the fact that there seem to be more women writing than men?

nitebyrd said...

Unfortunately, so many people will always judge a book by it's cover, so to speak.

Glad to know that there are others out there, that don't!

fairyhedgehog said...

nitebyrd, I love this community of people who don't rely on stereotypes in relating to people. I'm glad you're part of it too!

Bernita said...

Heh, heh, HEH!
I don't think we'll ever be past it, but if we can keep the prejudice down to a dull roar...

fairyhedgehog said...

Bernita, I like that "a dull roar".

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