16 October, 2021

LitStaff Pick: Celebrating Females of Fiction

Recently, there has been quite the hoopla surrounding what many rosie-the-riveterare calling the sexist and obligatory “good ole boys” response to the gender issues in SciFi and Fantasy fiction. More specifically, the  SciFi and Fantasy Writers of America’s (SFWA) response to a controversial cover of the organization’s Bulletin that was seen as sexist and unprofessional and a response written by Mike Resnick and Barry Malzberg on this controversy.

Being a proud SFWA member and a woman, I had a mix of emotions regarding Mike Resnick and Barry Malzberg’s response. I was equal parts annoyed, frustrated and just a bit sad that these types of uber patriarchal, anti female views are still being nurtured.

Mainly, it just pissed me off.

Living and working in the 2013 should not include a constant rehash of attitudes and behaviors so repugnant that they would likely make even Don Draper roll his eyes.

Fiction, we believe, should be enjoyed on the merit of the writer’s ability, not on their gender. But since Resnick and Malzberg found it necessary to passively belittle women working in the genre, we wanted to counteract their irresponsibility by celebrating some of the female writers and characters that have become important to all of us.

This week’s pick is a celebration of females in fiction. We’d love to hear your selections in the comments below.


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