Men read few books written by women.  What if we reversed direction?

Men read few books written by women. What if we reversed direction?

From George Sand to Rowling, women writers for centuries have felt compelled to use a pseudonym to persuade men to read them. And with good reason, these still struggle to open up about literature that women are made of. Meditation put the Women’s Prize for Literature into his treatment.

The Literary Prize organizers were inspired by Marie-Ann Siegart’s recent book “The Authority Gap” for their campaign to raise awareness about gender inequality in literature. The British journalist, and chair of the jury for the 2022 edition of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, explores the reasons why authors are less serious than their colleagues.

Mary Ann Siegart found that while women tend to read books written by an author of the opposite sex, men are less likely to do the same. Of the 10 best-selling female writers (including Jane Austen, Danielle Steel, and Jojo Moyes), only 19% of readers are male, compared to 81% who are female. This disparity is less pronounced for their male counterparts, with 55% of male readers and 45% of women for the 10 bestselling authors.

In other words, men read far more authors than women. To encourage them to broaden their literary horizons, the organizers of the Women’s Prize for Literature recently published a list of ten novels written by women. Obtained from 20,000 votes from previous readers and jurors.

A narrow view of the world (and literature)

At its head is Margaret Atwood’s apparent novel, The Scarlet Maid. In this grim reality published in 1985, the Canadian writer imagined a dictatorship called Gilead, in which fertile women are reduced to sexual slavery to halt the decline in the birth rate. A plot that doesn’t just talk to women, according to Margaret Atwood. “The Handmaid’s Tale isn’t about men versus women, it’s about totalitarianism–it’s not a men’s paradise, any more than any totalitarian system.”She said in a statement.

Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and Bernardine Evaristo’s “Girl, Woman, Other” appear in second and third place, respectively, in the rankings for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. It also included Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple,” “The Other Half of the Sun” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and “The Song of Achilles,” a novel by Madeline Miller spoken by the #BookTok community.

The existence of this list shows that men have preconceived notions about books written by an author of the opposite sex, whether consciously or unintentionally. But why is it important? For Bernardine Evaristo, this situation locks them into a very limited view of the world. “Our literature is a way for us to explore different stories, to develop our thoughts, intellect and imagination. If we are writing women’s stories, we are talking about women’s experiences. But we also take a woman’s look at the male experience”She said guardian last July. Enough to encourage the most rebellious readers to feminize their library.

Check out the ten novels written by women and recommended by the Women’s Prize for Literature below:

  • 1 – “The Crimson Maid” by Margaret Atwood
  • 2- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • 3 – “Girl, Woman, Other” by Bernardine Evaristo
  • 4 – “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker
  • 5 – “The Achilles Song” by Madeline Miller
  • 6 – “The Other Half of the Sun” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • 7 – “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tart
  • 8 – “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley
  • 9 – “Eyes in the Trees” by Barbara Kingsolver
  • 10 – “The Other Half of You” by Brett Bennett

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