Date: 2012-10-14 12:53 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I actually wonder how this compares to books aimed at small children, and then books aimed at grownups. I'm not quoting data here, simply anecdotal evidence, but it would SEEM to me (and I HAVE to emphasize this is just a guess) that a pretty high incidence of newer, say, children's books are by women (thoguh I can't speak for award winners, per se), and that a high incidence of award winning or critically acclaimed adult novels are by men. To an extent - and again, without hard data, tihs is more a musing than a hypothesis - that there is teh possibility of our culture juvenilizing women's intellectual contributions? That the higher incidence of women in YA and picture books, etc, is because we encourage women into that mold. After all, even back into the 19th century, many of the first inroads women made into literature were children's lit, or what we'd now think of as (arguably) YA or at least college age lit (I think if Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights were written today, arguably, the market would skew them in this direction for example, but thats another arguable statement, of course).

I don't know. I'm not an expert in children's lit AT ALL. Have you looked at numbers for younger awards, like the Calecott before? The data on men winning more acclaim in the adult lit world is I THINK a bit more solid - I know there've been several stories about how men dominate the NYT book review pages, for example? I'd be interested to see how they correlate.

But again, that's just an idea, I could be completely wrong.

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