On Gender Bias and Identity Lit


At Full Stop, Stephanie Bernhard weighs in on the literary gender imbalance, arguing that today’s literary marketplace is “identity-driven,” which makes it more difficult for women writers to succeed.

“Our culture still offers men a broader spectrum of acceptable personality types than it does women. Wolitzer quotes poet Katha Pollitt saying ‘For every one woman, there’s room for three men.’ We might amend her statement slightly to say ‘for every female identity, there’s room for three male identities.'”

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →