Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Maybe I'm Just Naive

So, I had thought in this day and age of political correctness sexist behavior was poor sportsmanship (sportspersonship?). I had thought that a person's sex should have no bearing on their credentials in most every aspect of opinions and voice (save for men speaking of breastfeeding or women discussing prostate exams) and all thoughts were created equal. Au, contraire. How wrong I have been. First I read from 'the respected sources' that people are not sure about books written by women with a male protag's voice. Okay, fine. Whatever floats your boat. Doesn't seem quite fair to me, but hey, what do I know? Then things start to slant even further as time goes by. One blogger I frequent has said 'someone mentioned...' twice now in his entries, and that person was me - a woman. Other times he mentions 'male person said' and gives a name. Again, I let that slide. I'm a pretty understanding lass. I guess the last straw came when I offered a suggestion on a site, got no response, then a male said the same thing I did below me, then several people go 'oh, yeah. I love manly man's advice.' ARGH. Am I just talking to myself???

Okay, rant done.


Terry Towery said...

I'm probably a reverse sexist, but I'd MUCH prefer taking advice from a woman.

I don't dislike men, per se, but I've personally found women to be more open, honest and truthful. Men get all caught up in that macho shit and try to out-do each other. It gets tiresome after a while.

In terms of authors, I don't care who writes a book, or what gender the protag is. I only care that it works, that it draws me in. If it does that, I'm going along for the ride.

Shelley Sly said...

I understand where you're coming from. Sometimes I feel like men get more attention just because they're men -- I can't figure out what it is about them.

I've always felt that if I said and wrote the same things as a male, I'd get more laughs while also being taken more seriously (if that makes sense.) Not that I wish to be male, because I don't, but I've always gotten the impression that men get more attention and are generally more well-liked.

Sorry about your experiences. As far as books, I'm with Terry -- I don't care about the gender of the author or MC. If it's good, it's good.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Hi, Christi! I bounced over from Shelley's blog to say hello and to congratulate you on your award. :-)

Tiffany Neal said...

I thought about writing something using the male protag's voice. Hmmm...interesting.

I enjoy your ranting and raving. Just so you know.
Oh. And, I got your comment about going to that link and I think I'll try it out. I have had an interesting day yesterday (go to my blog) so I havn't gotten around to it yet.

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