Wednesday, June 5, 2013
The Final Frontier: No Women Allowed Beyond This Point
SF writer Ann Aguirre wrote an interesting blog post this week, about her experiences with sexism in the SF community. To sum up, apparently it's not just some fans who don't think women can write SF, it's some of the male authors as well.
For some reason it just seems all the more disheartening to discover that SF is less of a final frontier and more of a glass ceiling. In a genre that sets out to explore the possibilities of humanity endeavour, there's no room for women's voices?
Now, I'm not a huge SF reader, and I haven't ready anything by Ann Aguirre before, but I know that even if I thought her books were a pile of rubbish, I wouldn't put that down to her gender, her ethnicity, her cultural background or any other fucking thing. I just...you know, wouldn't buy her next book.
Also, I know that two of my all-time favourite SF books are written by women.
Ugh. Sometimes it's very depressing. Here we are trying to break into this mysterious, wonderful circle of writers, only to find that, a lot of the time, people suck. Even if they write books. And it's not just SF, is it? It seems not a week goes by without some meltdown in YA that sends everyone scrambling for the trenches.
What the hell is going on here? Aren't we all on the same side? Didn't we all just want to tell stories?
Well, I do. And I'll be damned if I let someone tell me I can't. For any reason.