Science Fiction Writing: It’s Not Just a Man’s World

Well, of course, the title makes sense, right? I mean, why shouldn’t women write sci-fi too? But the jarring truth is that men are still being spotlighted much more often than women for their science fiction stories, even though both genders are writing it.

Men Getting the Sci-Fi Spotlight

The focus on men in the science fiction genre has been going on far too long. This point applies to both the authors and the characters in the books. Yet you only have to look back to Mary Shelley to see that women have been writing sci-fi for a long time! But time and again women struggle to get the attention of men writing in the genre.

For example, last week when I was on Google.ca (I’m in Canada) I searched the term “sci fi writers.” Up came photos of 10 well-known authors in the Science Fiction genre and (wait for it) they’re all men. Here’s what I saw:

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There’s Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Charles Stross, and more. Please understand I’m not saying these aren’t talented writers. The point, though: Where are the women? Because there certainly ARE women who in the sci-fi world.

It’s like we’re just replaying the all-male shortlist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award again and again. And it’s frustrating that sometimes people aren’t willing to look around for a more diverse pool of authors for awards.

YES, women writers in Science Fiction do exist, and they are awesome. You only have to look so far as Natacha Guyot to prove it.

Science Fiction Writers, Including Natacha Guyot

I recently purchased Natacha Guyot’s sci-fi tale Dream Crusher. She has visited my other blog Poetic Parfait a few times, where she’s blown me away with her analyses of sci-fi works and her love of spaceships. If you missed Natacha’s series at her site on #SciFi Women Interviews, I highly recommend it too. You’ll read about female writers who adore writing in this genre and the compelling story-lines they’re creating for readers.

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Women and Wages: The Fight for Equal Pay in Numbers

The Gender Wage Gap Still Exists

Men vs Women. Let’s Strive for Equal Pay.

Today’s guest post analyzes the gender wage gap. We’ve already looked at the pay between men vs. women in major sports and now it’s time to take another look at the issue with this intelligent post written by Dave Landry Jr.

Dave, the floor is yours.

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The gender wage gap is a very well-known problem that comes from an insidious web of causes.  Upper management is a male-dominated profession because of centuries of oppression of women, to the extent that it is normalized in today’s society because it has been the standard for so long.  Everyone just assumes a few things about their role in a company – both men and women.  That’s right, even women tend to fall into the pitfalls of traditional perception, and this contributes even further to the divide between each gender’s salaries.

Especially with current events calling attention to the continued inequality between women and men, it is important we all be aware of the cold hard facts.  Gender inequality is most apparent when one considers the gender wage gap because the numbers just don’t lie.  They do, however, have a lot of causes that are unexpected.  How women perceive themselves is as important a consideration in this data as how men, and even other women, perceive them.  We are all under the spell of this normalized brand of chauvinism, because it has been around for so long that we are desensitized to it.

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