As a female author, I do hope that gender equality will happen in my lifetime. But, I don’t know if it will become a reality that soon. Here are my thoughts on having female literary prizes (as reblogged from my other blog Poetic Parfait). Do you agree? Yay or nay?
Do you think there should still be literary prize categories just for women? Is it actually setting back the clock on gender equality or helping the cause?
Sometimes I have wondered about this point and today wanted to put it out to the crowd (aka you wonderful peeps). For example, there is the Baileys Woman’s Prize for Fiction. It has good intentions by celebrating excellence and originality in women writers around the globe. But, is separating out women really doing a disservice to the female gender? After all, doesn’t gender equality in its purest sense mean not differentiating between different prizes for each gender?
Interestingly, the original name for Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction was Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. Note that there is no mention of the female gender in the previous title.
However, on the other hand (just to play devil’s advocate), maybe women do need to be…
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