Gender and Genre: How do our prejudices affect our preferences?
MARQUIS SALON 9 & 10 | MARRIOTT MARQUIS | MEETING LEVEL TWO
Do gender stereotypes influence literary tastes? Does a love poem from a male-identified poet seem more tender because it defies common gender assumptions? Does a critique from a female-identified writer feel more barbed for the same reason? What about writers whose identities or work blur society’s imposed gender distinctions?
Join Kevin Clark, S.J. Sindu, Viannah Duncan, Jill McCabe Johnson and Martha Amore as we explore whether we value writing more or less because of the perceived gender of the author, including how that may affect publishing decisions.
As VIDA counts and ongoing gender discussions bring awareness to disparities in publishing across the spectrum of gender identity, this panel seeks to understand how commonly held gender-based assumptions may influence our perceptions of the relative merits of writing. We intend to explore the question of whether works that surprise us by contradicting our gender-related expectations receive more or less attention based on our prejudices.