Where are all the women?

Nigel is interested in talking about this kind of thing so I thought I just had to make a post about it at least once in this blog.

Nigel would like to know where all the women are. We often ask the question ‘Why aren’t there more women artists?’. I like to read comics. Especially if they are DC or Marvel. From the few I’ve seen I have noticed a disturbing trend: I have yet to see one done by a female artist. (But then Nigel lives in a town that believes Batman was invented by Tim Burton so it’s not surprising.)

Why aren’t there more women writers? My favourite genre is Sci-fi and fantasy. My entire novel collection my fit on one shelf but there are no women on it 😦 most fantasy worlds are created by men. I think there are a few more women in YA fiction. There are probably even more in romance (Though Nigel doesn’t know for sure as Nigel has never read romance 😦 ) But still…not as much in fantasy.

And while I’m at it: Why aren’t there more female comedians? I love comedians! But where are all the funny women? I like to watch those comedy galas and specials on TV. Quite often the number of female comedians in those is minimal. Sometimes there are none at all.

Or maybe we shouldn’t be asking ‘Why aren’t there more women artists/writers/comedians?’. We should be asking ‘Why aren’t more women artists/writers/comedians noticed?’. Where are all the women? Why are they being ignored?

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6 thoughts on “Where are all the women?

  1. Nan-Yi Wang October 24, 2012 at 9:12 pm Reply

    Well, that’s patriarchy for you. Women are generally better artists and writers, but because these are “traditionally male” jobs(they’re not supposed to be), and women think that they will not be interested in these domains even without trying them out first.
    That’s why there are so little female characters in movies and books, because most of the people working behing the scenes are men, and the characters reflect men’s worldview.

    Did you know that J.K Rowling, who created the Harry Potter series, made the main character a male as she thought that people did not like reading about girls and would not buy her books if the main character was female? She also published her name in initials as she thought that nobody wanted to read books written by a female author. It is really disturbing to think that a women would be so ashamed of her own gender. The elements that really matter in a story are: a good plot, development, pacing, and characters, not so much whether the author or main character is male. But J.K Rowling still ended up as one of the richest authors in the world. Depressing.

    It’s good to know that somebody actually suspects something is wrong or strange. Sexism is so rampant and ingrained into society for thousands of years since human civillisations appeared that everybody thinks it is natural and written in our genes. I tell you what’s natural: the human desire to dominate and oppress others.(Ever heard of black slavery?) Sigh. You can find out more at Margot Magowan’s blog, Reel Girl, which I suppose you have already visited.

    • nigelthedragon October 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm Reply

      Thanks for the good points! I’ve noticed that quite a few female writers prefer to publish under their initials. And I’m afraid that I’ve made the same mistake of turning my lead character in my book into a male 😦 It’s sad really. I changed him because back then the female was pretty much just a self-insert and I decided to write my book about someone else instead of a made up story about myself for a change.

      And I love the Reel Girl blog πŸ™‚ Margot inspired some of my posts here.

      • Nan-Yi Wang November 1, 2012 at 2:55 am

        Actually, you don’t need to change your main character into a female. There’s really no problem with that. The real problem is when the ratio of female leads a the ratio of male leads is compared, it is unequal.

  2. Nan-Yi Wang October 24, 2012 at 9:17 pm Reply

    Another note: You don’t have any books written by authors, probably because you haven’t searched hard enough. You can find YA fantasy books with strong female characters and/or written by women at this site: http://alannatotally.blogspot.sg/. Maybe these books are available at a library.

    • Nan-Yi Wang October 24, 2012 at 9:31 pm Reply

      There’s also a famous American female stand-up comedian, television host and actress: Ellen DeGeneres, who hosts a syndicated talk show called The Ellen DeGeneres Show. See if you can watch it, perhaps the older episodes on Youtube.

      • nigelthedragon October 26, 2012 at 3:13 pm

        I’ve loved Ellen DeGeneres for a long time. I love her stand up, then I found out she had a show and I still watch it now and then. Her jokes are better than those of most male comedians these days πŸ™‚

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