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Last week in one of my classes, there was this discussion about how women authors, particularly in America, continue to not be taken as seriously as their male counterparts. It was only a brief discussion but one that I had heard before when I had attended a talk by Lionel Shriver. I remember Shriver talking about how Jonathan Franzen was revered in the US {and I did enjoy his book The Corrections}, but basically, what he was writing about was about families and commenting on society. Just like several women authors. Yet, the women authors writing about dysfunctional families get classified as ‘women’s literary fiction’ instead of just fiction like the male authors. You may think this doesn’t have much of an impact but it does: it means that women authors continue to have a smaller audience than male authors.

Also, I’m not sure if you know but J. K. Rowling used her initials based on the suggestions of her publishers because apparently, no one would want to read a book on wizards written by a female author. I mean, I can understand authors like George Eliot needing to use a male pseudonym back in the day but quite obviously, this kind of discrimination in the writing world continues to exist.

This week as I trawled the web, I was disappointed to find that yet again, women are being told to not do something — this time it is to go for walks in the park by themselves. This occurred after a 17-year-old was stabbed to death in Victoria. Once again, while I get the need to be cautious, I don’t get the stress made on just females. Males get stabbed too but you don’t hear cops telling men it’s not safe to go out drinking at night or to the pub! But a woman gets killed and it’s not safe for women to go to parks. How about telling the murderers not to murder and rapists not to rape?? Gah!

Apart from that it was disheartening to read about an Australian actress, Marta Dusseldorp, having to withdraw from a major theatre production because the director did not approve of her breastfeeding. Um, equal employment opportunity, anyone? Surely he has to face some kind of consequence for this discrimination! Finally, this song by Megan Trainor {who I’d never heard of until this week} will make you want to punch your fist through a wall. In her song, Dear Future Husband, she basically undoes what years of feminism have done.

I guess it’s time for some good stuff now.

I read this wonderful article on consent. It explains what consent for sex is in simple terms. I’m sure anyone with half a brain would get it. Totally recommend reading it! Soumya wrote a wonderful poem on India’s Daughter. Amy wrote this piece on pregnancy abs {who knew such a thing existed!} and how, unfortunately, the entire world seems to have an opinion on a woman’s body. Finally, I loved this article which had 12 women give some brilliant answers as to why they don’t have kids. I notice that when Mr Imperfect and I tell people we are not interested in having children, I am usually the one everyone tries to advise why it’s so good to have kids. No one ever tries telling him that. Our answer is that they don’t come with a returns policy.

What’s your view on male and female authors? Do you notice the double standards? 

Have you got any great articles or advice to share this week?

Do share!

***Linking with Grace for FYBF and Ann for Things I Know***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    March 20, 2015 at 7:52 am

    There are so many double standards. The one telling women not to walk in parks amazes me. Think about the king hit legislation that changed the entire face of Sydney night life- where is the big changes to prevent men attacking women in public or even in their own homes in the form of DV? When will women’s lives matter as much as men’s do?
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  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    March 20, 2015 at 7:52 am

    There are so many double standards. The one telling women not to walk in parks amazes me. Think about the king hit legislation that changed the entire face of Sydney night life- where is the big changes to prevent men attacking women in public or even in their own homes in the form of DV? When will women’s lives matter as much as men’s do?
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  • Natalie @ Our Parallel Connection
    March 20, 2015 at 11:00 am

    It never ends. I just had this discussion with my husband this morning about it NOT being a female problem, it is a societal problem. Stop blaming women or stopping women. I posted a pic on instagram of me in my running pants and said I run for me..I wear my running gear not to sexually attract men.
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  • Natalie @ Our Parallel Connection
    March 20, 2015 at 11:00 am

    It never ends. I just had this discussion with my husband this morning about it NOT being a female problem, it is a societal problem. Stop blaming women or stopping women. I posted a pic on instagram of me in my running pants and said I run for me..I wear my running gear not to sexually attract men.
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  • nabanita
    March 20, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    There are so many double standards… And it is not restricted to just one sphere you know? And when we women raise voice against these things there are attempts made to silence us…Look at how feminism has been termed a bad word by so many… So the double standard really does exist and I hate it that it still does… And about having children, well don’t even get me started on that!
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  • nabanita
    March 20, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    There are so many double standards… And it is not restricted to just one sphere you know? And when we women raise voice against these things there are attempts made to silence us…Look at how feminism has been termed a bad word by so many… So the double standard really does exist and I hate it that it still does… And about having children, well don’t even get me started on that!
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  • Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    March 20, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    I’m a feminist but don’t see the harm in telling women, especially young ones, to be mindful of their safety at night, it’s common sense and I don’t think they are saying it because they are females. In saying that, sadly I do believe the world has a LONG way to go before it accepts women are equal to men, and that SUCKS! I love the new blog style/font x
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  • Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    March 20, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    I’m a feminist but don’t see the harm in telling women, especially young ones, to be mindful of their safety at night, it’s common sense and I don’t think they are saying it because they are females. In saying that, sadly I do believe the world has a LONG way to go before it accepts women are equal to men, and that SUCKS! I love the new blog style/font x
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  • BeatabouttheBook
    March 21, 2015 at 3:28 am

    I don’t consider myself a feminist but this is such common sense. Blaming women for all that’s wrong with the society is just silly. And that thing about advice to have children – I had my eras full of it since we decided to have kids pretty late in life. No one – not even my mom or his would tell him – everyone simply focussed on me. Aaargh!

  • BeatabouttheBook
    March 21, 2015 at 3:28 am

    I don’t consider myself a feminist but this is such common sense. Blaming women for all that’s wrong with the society is just silly. And that thing about advice to have children – I had my eras full of it since we decided to have kids pretty late in life. No one – not even my mom or his would tell him – everyone simply focussed on me. Aaargh!

  • Neets
    March 22, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Double standards are everywhere, in the workplace, in social environments, in political environments. I’m effing sick of it.
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  • Neets
    March 22, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Double standards are everywhere, in the workplace, in social environments, in political environments. I’m effing sick of it.
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  • Grace
    March 22, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Double standards absolutely everywhere! I had a sudden new found respect for Taylor Swift when she responded about how people criticised her for writing songs about her exes. She said no one picks on Bruno Mars or John Mayer for doing the same thing. Boom!
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  • Grace
    March 22, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Double standards absolutely everywhere! I had a sudden new found respect for Taylor Swift when she responded about how people criticised her for writing songs about her exes. She said no one picks on Bruno Mars or John Mayer for doing the same thing. Boom!
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  • Ruchi Singh
    April 10, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Very well written post. Double standards are everywhere and I agree with most of the points here. However I have a daughter and a son, and I tell both of them that precautions should be taken for their safety while going out in the night because logic doesn’t work with murderers and rapists.
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  • Ruchi Singh
    April 10, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Very well written post. Double standards are everywhere and I agree with most of the points here. However I have a daughter and a son, and I tell both of them that precautions should be taken for their safety while going out in the night because logic doesn’t work with murderers and rapists.
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