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.
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.