Author Randy Susan Meyers, in What Does ‘Women’s Fiction’ Mean? at Beyond the Margins, has found the courage to call into question a classification that may be the perfect example of the trap of ghettoization. She writes:
One can only assume…that what one needs to write ‘women’s fiction’ is simply a uterus. Jests aside, this category seems suddenly entrenched in literary culture. If you want to publish on Amazon, you must pick a category from a list of wide ranging possibilities that include ten sub-genres of Women’s Fiction and, zero that are labeled Men’s Fiction. The message is clear. Men are the norm. Women are a sub-category.
…Based onreports of faltering male readership, especially in younger guys, when do we finally stop saying things like “everything else is for men”?
With romance in the ascendancy, isn’t it becoming more likely by now that “everything else is for women” in the world of books?
As Meyers is helping us realize, do we really see so much output from male authors that’s “not for women”?
By Porter Anderson | @Porter_Anderson
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