The category “Person” is looking a little crowded…
Could we make a subcategory for “American Men Novelists”?
The press is overstating this a bit, it’s not orchestrated from grand on high. It’s a few people who tried to offload an overcrowded category but didn’t make a men’s subcategory too. It’s not some sort of high council decision I’ve seen incensed writers complain it is without really knowing how wikipedia works.
Yeah, except that was what was automatically chosen by a few people (regardless of lack of high council) to do. It’s indicative of sexist societal thought processes. Men get to be defined by their field of work, women get to be defined by their their gender then their field of work. It’s socially acceptable to categorize and define women based on their gender and that same thought process doesn’t apply to men. It wasn’t a mistake or oversight that they also didn’t create a men’s subcategory - that would not have been a socially acceptable way to handle it. The implication being that “American Novelist” is, on it’s own, seen as a “male” category. That a woman doesn’t get to be compared, compete, or even count on the same level as a man. There’s no overstatement about how it. If this were the ONLY case ever of this kind of thing happening, sure, but this is not an atypical situation.
And this “press overstatement” is exactly what is changing this, as in people have gone back and edited the category to correct this sexist nonsense. The article linked doesn’t show any fundamental misunderstanding of the way that wikipedia works at all. Suddenly finding the suggestion that there is somehow angry over-the-top reactions to this in and of itself sexist.
“Ask your female friends, if you have any, if they’ve ever walked home late at night with a key pushed through their knuckles, just in case, if they’ve ever crossed the street to avoid a stranger, just in case, if they’ve ever taken the long way home because of the weird guy on the corner, just in case. Ask them if they’ve ever made up a boyfriend to get a guy to leave them alone, if they’ve ever gotten off a train car and moved to the next because you just never know, if they’ve ever shelled out for a cab because men like you were at the bus stop.”
This is a great, well-written piece by Emily Heist Moss. Read the whole thing.
Seems like a good time to share a few stories. I was walking alone a block or so back to my car down Sunset on New Year’s Eve. Some guy thought it appropriate to yell stuff at me out of his car, and then pull his car over to the side of the road to roll down his window and find some filmsy pretense to try to have a conversation with me. Now, and this is me personally, I didn’t feel afraid or threatened even though I had every right to feel that way... my reaction was really? Do I have to deal with this shit now? I didn’t have time to be threatened or afraid if it had to come to me defending myself from someone who finds this type of predatory behavior appropriate. He already crossed the line twice, who knows what he would do? Would he get out of the car? Luckily I forcefully said no to him talking to me without even looking in his direction and he pulled away. So yeah. Don’t be that guy. There’s no reason I shouldn’t be able to walk to my car by myself at night free from harassment.
Then a week later, as I’m shopping for art department work supplies I walk into a K-Mart in NoHo. As I’m locating the aisle I need, I see a guy checking me out in a way I had already assessed to be creepy. I see him dart into the aisle I’m heading down so that he can walk past me make kissy noises and call me “baby,” as if I were just an object to him. I almost lost it at him but since I had shit to do I just muttered “fuck you, asshole” under my breath as he walked away. This is only the BS I’ve put up with in the past few weeks, and it happens all the time. It’s not cute, or flattering, or a way to lead to anything happening. It’s predatory dehumanizing nonsense.
And as for unwanted attention from an ex. If someone tells you to leave them alone, just fucking do it. I have examples but I don’t even want to go there. I’ll just say, no means no and if you still try for anything after that you’re a grade-A asshole.
I find it hilarious that Lena Dunham is expected to represent PoCs and PoC issues on her show but EVERY OTHER WRITER IN THE ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS is not. Every other writer could be criticized for the EXACT same thing but everyone piles all of that non-representational criticism (which is in an of itself a valid criticism) onto ONE PERSON who just so happens to be female. She’s supposed to sacrifice her auteurship over her own (and first) TV show so that she can have other people give her input on a show that is based on her personal experience and her own authenticity (her words). SO I guess it’s okay to endlessly jump on her and call her gross for failing to do what so many others in entertainment fail to do as well. It’s almost like people who do this criticizing don’t understand the entertainment business or the creative writing process. Quentin Tarantino was on stage at the Golden Globes tonight saying how he didn’t want input on his screenplay (one which does have PoC in it that has been criticized for his portrayal of PoC from various sources), but I guess that’s a privilege of white male writers not named Lena Dunham. She absolutely MUST seek outside input on her scripts otherwise she’s just a total asshole. Only WHITE MALES are allowed to be auteurs.