Price and Prejudice?
Written by
Victoria Rosner
November 2009
Written by
Victoria Rosner
November 2009
So the PW list of the best books of 2009 doesn't include any women writers. The whole thing feels inescapably done there/been that to me: the list itself, the feminist outrage, the clueless defense, and then the discussion about how women's work is individually and categorically undervalued. This is a dance that has had more performances than The Nutcracker (no pun intended). It feels past time to turn the page, start a new conversation. But how can we when the all-male achievement lists keep coming? Are we supposed to ignore them? Maybe it's just time to move the debate off the op-ed page and into the Business section. If Publishers Weekly doesn't value women writers and you do, then PW isn't what you want to be reading. If David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, and Jay Leno don't think women are funny, and you do, whether you are a man or a woman, change the channel when their shows come on. And so forth. Stop bankrolling any institution that prominently and repeatedly disses women. In these difficult economic times, PW and the boys may discover that the price for their prejudice is too high to pay.

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  • Judith van Praag

    Looking at the date, I realize I'm late. But never mind, the word needs to be continuously spread.

  • Judith van Praag

    I second all that, including Hope's Amen. Let's spread the word, let's call on the the Funny Women here and out there. If you need to look at PW, go to the library, if you're the buyer for your organization, cross PW off your list. Let's Twitter around the clock and RT please.

  • Hope Edelman

    Amen, sister. Which is why I just bought two books by women writers this morning, even though (dare I say it?) there were books my male writers that caught my attention on the table and interested me nearly as much.