Writers, Male and Female

June 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

V. S. Naipaul recently gave an interview in which he said that there were no women writers that were his equal. If this weren’t problematic enough, he went on to say that his publisher “who was so good as a taster and editor, when she became a writer, lo and behold, it was all this feminine tosh.”
Many of the writers here at Arthur are women and feminists, and we resent the implication that one woman writer is indicative of all women writers and that all women writers write about womanly things and are womanly in style and have anything resembling “feminine tosh.”
In fact, we resent continuously being identified as our gender and/or sex when writing. We can’t just be a writer like men, we have to be a woman writer, which implies we are somehow less than people (men) who can just claim writer.
Women write. Women writing is inherently revolutionary because of attitudes like Naipaul, who pretend to love “women writers” but really just would love an excuse to belittle the work being done by writers who happen to be women.

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