Today I came across an article on Daily Life that discusses how female authors should consider male — or at least gender neutral — pseudonyms if they want to have a higher likelihood of being
a) published, b) reviewed, c) read by men.
This may or may not be true… but what makes me feel sad and a bit angry is that the subject has even come up. The idea that women should pretend to be men in pursuit of greater success is just infuriating.
We all know that’s how it used to be; but haven’t we come past this by now?
The article thus cited is actually not condoning this course of action, but rather promoting the Australian Women Writers Challenge (AWW) — an initiative aimed at encouraging people to read and review Australian women authors. It was kicked off last year very successfully, and I think I just might sign up for it this year. All are welcome — you can sign up for the 2013 challenge here.
Raising the profile of women’s writing is important, no matter how much we might lament the need.
But as for the idea that I might ever adopt a male pen name — forget it. We women need to stand up and be proud of being women, and scorn any man narrow-minded enough to discriminate against a book based on the gender of its author.
If someone elects not to read a book because of its subject, or style… that’s another matter entirely.
All right I’ll jump off the soap box now. Feedback, people? Thoughts on the topic? I accept there may be some alternate views I’ve not thought of…
Would any of you women authors reading this consider adopting a male pseudonym? What do you blokes think? [Bloke: Australian slang for man.]