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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

women: always Other

Emily Dickinson

Fuck this shit, and shame on Wikipedia. From The New York Times:

Wikipedia’s Sexism Toward Female Novelists

I JUST noticed something strange on Wikipedia. It appears that gradually, over time, editors have begun the process of moving women, one by one, alphabetically, from the “American Novelists” category to the “American Women Novelists” subcategory. So far, female authors whose last names begin with A or B have been most affected, although many others have, too.

The intention appears to be to create a list of “American Novelists” on Wikipedia that is made up almost entirely of men. The category lists 3,837 authors, and the first few hundred of them are mainly men. The explanation at the top of the page is that the list of “American Novelists” is too long, and therefore the novelists have to be put in subcategories whenever possible.

Too bad there isn’t a subcategory for “American Men Novelists.”

There is, actually, a subcategory for “American Men Novelists.” It lists two authors. The women’s subcat has hundreds.

For those who don’t understand why this is a problem: if “women authors” is a subset of authors, while there is no significant subset that is definied as “male authors,” then the default assumption is that “author” = “male” unless otherwise stated. Which is bullshit.

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