Eaton Hamilton

the problem with being trans is cis people. The problem with being queer is straight people. The problem with being disabled is abled people. The problem with being Black is white people. In other words, prejudice.

Tag: women’s writing

Literary spaces for just women? Or not?

Should we publish at women-only presses? “…female literary magazines and collectives are organizations and communities that have been born out of a need, they are voices that deserve to be heard, a necessary force in an ongoing resistance, but also a symbol of how much more work has yet to be done for the literary world to ever solve its gender problem. These women are not only challenging the literary canon with all-female spaces; they’re rewriting it.”–Thea Hawlin

The Rise of Women-Only Literary Spaces, UK Edition

Don’t Miss These Journos in Your Reading Stacks

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author Lucy Grealy 1962-2002

The Queens of Nonfiction

Susan Orlean, Joan Didion, Annie Dillard, Roxane Gay?

Gay Talese, when asked, couldn’t think of a woman writer who had influenced him. But he’s an old get, right? Who expects better from him?

This list, as author Ann Friedman suggests, skews to white Americans, but nevertheless it is a list with a name for each of 56 years, with an excellent female nonfiction writer represented in each.

Cheryl Strayed and the double standards for women’s writing

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sketch: Jane Eaton Hamilton 2006

Women understand there’s a glass floor on which male authors walk, while women walk below on a separate tier with its own glass floor, while on a third tier down walk queer women writers and writers of colour.  But Cheryl Strayed puts it infinitely better than I could:

Is There a Double Standard for Judging Domestic Themes in Fiction?

A second link to an essay by Meg Wolitzer on the same topic:

On the Rules of Literary Fiction for Men and Women

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