A Willful Woman…

Thoughts about books from a romance addict.

Someone Changed Their Privileged Opinion on the Internet!

on November 19, 2013



Twitter led me to a fascinating piece about a challenge to read only science fiction written by women, and the reaction of two science fiction reviewers, one of whom had to eat some serious crow. (And did so with honesty and grace.)

This would be a fairly useless challenge in our women-dominated genre, but I imagine could have equally enlightening results if the parameters were changed to reading only romance by authors of color.

The piece mentions Joanna Russ’s How to Suppress Women’s Writing several times. It’s been decades since I read that, but I recall finding it infuriating, because after setting up the entire argument about how women’s writing is suppressed, Russ then went on to use exactly the same excuses in regards to her ignoring writing by women of color.


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