This is my entry post for the challenge above. While I have made an effort to alter my reviewing to try and combat gender bias*, because of the nature of the book business I think a systematic and directed approach is needed.
I have managed to get my reading and reviewing close to a 50/50 split. I would ,however, like to add weight to the campaign by Australian Women Writers. I think even women readers fall victim to an ingrained cultural gender bias(if my discussion with female library customers is anything to go by) so combating it is something that requires a dedicated approach.
Hence the guidelines/goals/prompts of the challenge.
You can find out more about the challenge here at Australian Women Writers, but briefly:
Objective: This challenge hopes to help counteract the gender bias in reviewing and social media newsfeeds that has continued throughout 2011 by actively promoting the reading and reviewing of a wide range of contemporary Australian women's writing. (See the page on gender bias for recent discussions.)
Source:Australian Women Writers blog.
I will be entering in the Dabbler category. My books will mostly be Speculative Fiction, but there are a couple of contemporary works that I want to read as well.
I will also be attempting the Franklin-fantastic challenge level (read 10 and review at least 4 books)
A tentative list:
- Dark Space by Marianne de Pierres
- Chaos Space by Marianne de Pierres
- Mirror Space by Marianne de Pierres
- Transformation Space by Marianne de Pierres
- The Diamond Anchor by Jennifer Mills
- Gone by Jennifer Mills
- Thief of Lives by Lucy Sussex
- Nightsiders by Sue Isle
- Diamond Eyes by A.A. Bell
- Dangerously Placed by Nansi Kunze
The challenge begins on 1st of January 2012.
*I completed a gender audit of my reading and reviewing along with a poll. Sadly the information was lost in the blog hack in September. Sufficed to say that I over estimated the number of women I reviewed and read.
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