I don’t think that the undertone of misogyny is particularly subtle, Gillian. In some ways, things haven’t changed since the 19th century in the literary world. Just look at Medium, for example. When men (particularly Top Writer men) talk about other writers here they talk about other men — especially when they are pointing out who’s successful. Even though there are any number of Medium women who can stand toe-to-toe with successful men here, it is quite rare for male writers to mention a woman when discussing the best writers. I don’t think it’s because the men haven’t noticed those women, but rather — as your commentor pointed out — males are believed to be inherently more credible than females. Topics that women are particularly adept at writing about (relationships, sex, health, creativity, etc.) are deemed less “worthy”, or less “important” than topics men are typically drawn to. This issue could be written about Ad nauseum, but it’s not going away any time soon, unfortunately.

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