Be a man or write like one

The Washington Post printed this op-ed in today’s edition (woo-hoo, here’s our 15% of the op-ed pie!):

The key to literary success? Be a man — or write like one.

This fall, Publishers Weekly named the top 100 books of 2009. How many female writers were in the top 10? Zero. How many on the entire list? Twenty-nine.

In my grad school thesis, written at 23, you’ll find young men coming of age, old men haunted by war, Oedipus complexes galore. If I’d learned nothing else, it was this: If you want to be a great writer, be a man. If you can’t be a man, write like one.

I couldn’t even read the comment section – which I often do – for fear of the scathing comments. I’ll appreciate this for what it is – an honest look at bias in a section often dominated by men (op-eds) in one of the most widely-read papers in the country. Yeah!

On a related note, here’s a few posts about a woman who posed as a male blogger – and earned more money:

Man with pen is actually a woman

If I had been a god and not a goddess

James Chartrand’s constructed masculinity goes far beyond the pen name

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