If you’re on Twitter, you heard about this trend today. It started as a way to reveal sexism in the writing industry and quickly developed into a firestorm. Need an example? People were in an uproar over this story of two female scientists being told to include a male’s name on their work. As if two women’s names aren’t good enough.
As a biology student, I was warned about this kind of behavior in the workforce – the science field in particular. I was told by a scientist that many of her peers were forced to use sex as a way to move up the career ladder because there was no hope otherwise. If you were a prude, well, the hell with you. Plenty of men who will do an adequate job in the field – with the benefit of the community taking them more seriously.
But I’ve only just realized in the last 6 months how much sexism exists in the writing community.
In my own experience, some pig private messaged me on Twitter calling me sexy, beautiful, commending me on writing a book… He asked if I needed help publishing my first novel. He winked. The implication was very clear. This guy probably hasn’t sold 100 books in his career; why would I even want his help? Why do so many men think they’re more special than ladies? Women are not damsels.
I’m in construction sales. I could go on and on about sexism. I experience it almost on a daily basis. To save everyone the pain of what I’ve already explained in past posts, I’ll just go over some of my favorite tweets from the hashtag:
I encourage you to check out the hashtag for yourself. It’s disturbing. There is apparently a trend of literary reviews being written mostly by men, featuring more male authors than female ones. Women are being shut out of the industry by being excluded. This isn’t accidental. There are a lot of people out there who despise women, especially successful ones or ones who could become successful. They’re threatening – if not as competition, then to the male ego.
What are your thoughts about sexism in the industry, and in the workforce in general?