- An infographic of forgotten fictional female sleuths - So many I haven't met yet! I've been in the mood for mysteries lately, and this gives me lots of reading ideas. Are there any that you recommend?
- Recently Jill wrote an outspoken and very informative post about the sexual abuse of women in the military. This, among other things, is why her blog is one of my must-reads.
- Two very interesting links on romance novels and feminism. I'm a newcomer to romance, but I find these discussions fascinating, and the overall points they make about how competing reads can and often do coexist go for others genres as well.
- Roxane Gay on the VIDA stats:
One of the favored stances is that it’s really all about submission ratios. Please. How much work from the submission queue gets into The New Yorker? These are magazines that publish a great deal of work from their staffs and by solicitation. I’m absolutely willing to agree that submission queues are, for most magazines great and small, dominated by white men. There are any number of reasons why this might be the case but editors can easily solve this problem. There is an abundance of diversity, not just in terms of writers, but in terms of aesthetic, in the writing world. Reach out and touch someone.
- There will be more on these kinds of arguments on Lady Business this coming week. Also, from The Rumpus:
What I’ve come to realize, thanks to VIDA and the Count, is that my feminist convictions do not make up for the low number of books by women I’ve reviewed. Not yet. Good intentions are not enough. It’s people like me, people aware of the persistent sexism of our society, who need to do a better job of promoting books by women. To ignore the gender disparity in publishing is to perpetuate it. I can’t do that any longer. Instead, I will continue to champion all of the books I love in every way I can—only now I will do so with a clearer understanding of just how far we still have to go in building the literary community that we all deserve.
- There's still time to enrol in this Massive Open Online Course on Gender Through Comics. I'm doing it with my friends Kelly, Heather and Andi, and we're all really excited about it. Join us?
- The Lizzie Bennet Diaries DVD? Yes please!
I haven't been blogging or commenting all that much lately, and that leaves me feeling like I haven't talked to any of you in forever. What are you reading at the moment, and what was the last really great book you read? I'm almost finished with Before and Afterlives, a new short story collection by the always excellent Christopher Barzak; and I'm also reading The Spirit Level because Homeland left me craving more political writing. So far, so good: it actually helped me conceptualise things in ways I hadn't before, and the possibility of coming across new ideas and new ways of understand the world is a huge part of why I read.
I'll leave you with a picture of my backyard I took yesterday morning:
A whole day later, the snow still hasn't stopped and the layer is much thicker. What is happening? Have we somehow entered Narnia? As someone who spent most of her live in a temperate climate, I used to not really understand how anyone could possibly dislike snow, but I take it all back. I'm so tired of feeling cooped up by the cold weather, and so ready for spring.