Report From The Field: The Defensive Male Writer | VIDA: Women in Literary Arts

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I’d like to thank the editors at VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts for publishing my Op-Ed “The Defensive Male Writer.”

You can read it here:

Report From The Field: The Defensive Male Writer | VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

And here are a couple of excerpts:

Being a female and a writer has its interesting twists (I purposely am not saying “woman writer” or “female writer” because we rarely make the distinction “man writer” or “male writer”).  Women need to have their voices heard, but they don’t need their voices to be ghettoized into a special bookstore category of “women’s writing.”  This suggests that men’s writing is the default and that women’s writing is some sort of sub-category, or—worse—something that happens far off on the exotic island where women write, certainly not on the main continent of male writing.

Yes, the body of a beautiful woman of color dancing can exist in a non-sexualized context—in the context of a serious writing workshop, with serious faculty committed to the writing process.

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