On Sexism in Literature

April 26, 2013 | 1

How do you feel about claims that men avoid reading women? Before you answer, consider this piece, which argues that sexism in the lit world is more complicated than it may appear. (For more, go check out our own piece on sexism on the internet, or else take a look at this Harvard Divinity School study on how sexism shapes responses to women’s writing.)

is a staff writer for The Millions and an MFA candidate at Johns Hopkins. Prior to coming to Baltimore, he studied literature and worked in IT while living in Dublin, Ireland. You can find him on Twitter at @tdbeckwith.

One comment:

  1. My wife makes this claim about me regularly. Even when I show her the books I’m reading and loving (recently: The Middlesteins, The Flamethrowers, Magnificence, everything by Marilynne Robinson, etc.), she’ll say: “Oh, well, yeah, but that’s not ‘really’ women’s lit.” Seems like an impossible thing to disprove once the accusation has been made…

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