phrontist: "I don't understand what mediareport quoted above. How can you print articles that aren't submitted?
If 30% of submissions are from women, and what gets selected is a random (fair) sample of submissions, you'd expect 30% of selections to be by women. So it seems like it is important to know what the authorial gender breakdown of submissions looks like."
I find this reflects the typical attitude in genre that works often written by and consumed by women are automatically of lesser literally quality (less 'challenging'), despite the fact that they often have a much wider readership.
resisting rather than an assenting reader, to begin the process of exorcising the male mind that has been implanted in us.
"I'm not too appalled by our figure, as I'd be very surprised if the authorship of published books was 50/50. And while women are heavy readers, we know they are heavy readers of the kind of fiction that is not likely to be reviewed in the pages of the TLS." Peter Stothard, editor of the Times Literary Supplement, in the Guardian
By the descriptions you've offered, I would definitely agree that my tastes lean towards "penis stories." (I'm going to throw out your terms and just go with "boy stories" and "girl stories", because that captures the immature silliness better. People mature from being boys or girls, but most people don't get rid of their penises or their vaginas when they mature.)
While my tastes lean towards boy stories, so do the conventions of the science fiction genre. As one of your quotes says, girl stories privilege emotional logic over plot or idea logic. But science fiction is often called "the literature of ideas." By literalizing the impossible, it does things no other form of literature can do. So if a writer is going to take one of the genre's greatest strengths---its ideas---and then subvert that power, the results aren't likely to be as good as something that plays to the genre's strengths. They might be, but they aren't likely to be.
So to get back to the original point, if you want to accuse me of publishing more boy stories than girl stories, I plead guilty, no contest. And if you prefer reading girl stories---as you've said that you do---I take no offense at your saying you enjoy reading other publications more than you like F&SF. All clear. I just ask that you don't encourage people to make the jump from "Van Gelder favors 'boy stories' " to "Van Gelder never publishes 'girl stories' " or then on to "Van Gelder never publishes stories by women."
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