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Gender (Realms of Fantasy Women's Issue)

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Jay O'Connell @ Realms of Fantasy Announcing August 2011 “Women in Fantasy” themed issue

Realms of Fantasy is planning a special themed issue for August 2011, the theme being women in fantasy. This theme will be addressed in all three departments of the magazine, i.e. nonfiction, art, and fiction. So we’re putting out the official word that we’re looking for submissions from the fiction writers out there.

[livejournal.com profile] jimhines Realms of Fantasy’s All-Women Issue

Realms of Fantasy is doing a “Women in Fantasy” issue. For this issue, they’ll only be accepting stories by female authors.

I’ve got a number of opinions on this, but for once I’m going to keep those to myself, at least to start with.

[livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna ALL GIRL ACTION

So Realms of Fantasy is having an all women-authors issue.

And how do you feel about that, brain?

Well, it's always good for women to get published. But on the other hand, I feel certain that there have been all male issues without calling them THE ALL DUDE REVUE.

[livejournal.com profile] fiction_theory Untitled

Yuki_onna on how Realms of Fantasy's "all female issue" is not so great actually... Her comment about what the cover of the issue might be did stir some thoughts in me.

[livejournal.com profile] truepenny Quarantining the Girl Cooties

I think there's a point in the process of opening a genre where the Very Special Episode Issue is a good thing, when what you're saying with it is, HEY! There are enough [women/African-Americans/GLBT writers/writers with disabilities/etc.] doing excellent work in our field to fill A WHOLE ISSUE! Maybe we should all be PAYING ATTENTION!

But, returning to the specific circumstances, that's really not where women SF writers are anymore, and hasn't been for, jeez, thirty years.

[livejournal.com profile] girliejones the latest in female presence in SF ToCs

Instead it sets up a series of assumptions - in the world where Douglas Cohen is only selecting from female submitters, he will select the best stories and put together a female-heavy ToC. But he is unable to do that under other circumstances. That says to me that the problem is not with the submissions.

[livejournal.com profile] cassiphone Realms of Fantasy: now for Ladies!

Publishing is a meritocracy. But merit is subjective, and it is fluid. Editors who read “without considering matters or gender, race or author background” and yet consistently publish work which is about the default white male gaze do need to be challenged by their audience, if that audience has an interest in diversity in fiction. Sometimes affirmative action, of whatever kind, is necessary to help editors (not necessarily male editors) find value in stories that they might have missed out on otherwise – not because they are deliberately creating a culture of sexism (or racism, etc, let’s stick to sexism for now) but because their actions and to some extent their personal taste are unconsciously supporting said culture.

[livejournal.com profile] douglascohen Well, now...

It appears I have accidentally ruffled some feathers (to put it mildly) with the announcement about the women in fantasy issue. In particular, I'm referring to how the use of "girls" and "ladies" has bothered some people...

[livejournal.com profile] catherineldf Special issues and the "Other," variously defined

Science fiction and fantasy markets are not, in fact, a level playing field, and pretending that it is otherwise is naive. The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, The Mammoth Book of Mindboggling Science Fiction, the Hugo Awards and far, far too many anthologies and magazines and awards to count are male-dominated and/or exclusively a boy's club. The most recognizable names in the genre are male. If you survey an average reader fan at an average con (i.e. not WisCon) on what they read, you get a list that generally includes Jordan, Heinlein, Asimov, maybe Stephenson, Gaiman - in short, the usual bestselling suspects.

[livejournal.com profile] copperwise The Women in Fantasy issue of Realms of Fantasy

Yesterday Doug announced that he is taking submissions for a Women in Fantasy issue.

This issue came about because of an article that I pitched for the Gallery. I wanted to do an article about the evolution of images of the feminine in fantasy art...chicks in chain mail, ethereal floaty princesses, excessive breasts and women kneeling at the feet of warriors...up to the kind of powerful and dignified women that most of us would like to see, and the artists who are doing those kinds of images of women in fantasy art.

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