Most of My Favorite Authors are Men (and I’m Not Fucking Sorry)

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It’s become quite a trend. On reddit, on bookstagram, and here in the book blogging community: lifting up female writers FOR BEING FEMALE.

Readers will lament how many male authors are on their bookshelves. They’ll go out of their way to read female authors.

“I’m making it a point to read women writers! Suggest your favorite women writers here!”

How about….go fuck yourself, you paternalistic condescending fuck.

And look, some of my very good author friends have been guilty of this. I still love and respect you. Just…please stop being a paternalistic condescending fuck? It’s barely even your fault. Feminism became misogynistic so sneakily, nobody’s picked up on it yet.

Listen, as a female author: I am not oppressed. I do not need any help. I CAN compete alongside male authors. I am that fucking good. I don’t need to be pigeon-holed into the “lady writers” category. I don’t need anybody to clap their hands and give me a good girl trophy because I have a vagina.

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I am very much against how far identity politics has gone. Want to solve inequality? Just shut the fuck up about gender. We don’t need to talk about it anymore. I am a wahman. I don’t need anyone to clap their hands for strong wahmen. I’m not a fucking child who needs a trophy.

We don’t need feminism anymore. We just need common sense.

You can call out misogyny without being a feminist. Just be a human.

Is publishing books actually harder for women? In 2020? You’re kidding, right?

In the past, maybe. But everybody has their challenges in life. Stop coddling women. Feminism can not let go of this damsel-in-distress shit. I am just not that delicate.

A bookshelf should be a meritocracy, and mine is. I do not choose books based on the author’s gender, race, religion, sexuality, etc. I choose books that I find interesting. The books that are my favorites are the ones that stick with me, that moved me deeply.

Here are my twenty favorite authors, in order.

  1. Paul Tremblay
  2. V.C Andrews
  3. Franz Kafka
  4. J.K Rowling
  5. Jeffrey Euginides
  6. Steven King
  7. Emily Bronte
  8. Edgar Allen Poe
  9. Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  10. Mary Shelley
  11. John Steinbeck
  12. Han Nolan
  13. Gary Paulson
  14. Neil Shusterman
  15. Jerry Spinelli
  16. Ann Martin
  17. O. Henry
  18. William Golding
  19. Theodore Taylor
  20. Wilson Rawls

So men don’t actually have as much of an advantage as I thought. I thought my favorite authors were like 70/30 male to female, but when I sat down and actually wrote it out, AND included authors I loved as a kid, the end result was more like 60/40.

Some people will argue that we should go out of our way to read female authors, because women have SO much more trouble writing books, due to performing the majority of the housework and child-care. Poor things! They just don’t have any free time!

You know what men are doing instead of work in the home? Work outside of the home. Men are far more likely to work overtime. Are they so oppressed by the burden to provide for their families? They still manage to write books without crying about it. I’m so tired with the perpetual victimhood. If women are really so strong, then can we all stop crying?

Just everyboody shut the fuck up, already. Really.

Read the books you want to read.

I’d love to speak on behalf of all female writers. Alas, I can not. But for all of us common sense female writers, I absolutely promise you: We do not need this condescending crap. It’s far more insulting than it is uplifting.

Women aren’t leaving feminism because feminism is bad for men.

We’re doing it because it’s bad for women.

This is sexism masquerading as gender equality.

We’re better than this.

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8 Comments

  1. I totally enjoyed this piece and love your writing style. Have never heard of Paul Tremblay but he writes in a genre that I enjoy, so I’m definitely going to look into his works, especially since he’s number one on your list. Thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. He’s awesome! And he’s so cool to his fans. He’s talked to me a couple of times on Twitter and goodreads just because I was raving about his books. Such a humble, down to earth guy! πŸ™‚

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  2. I remember thinking about the authors I like to read when I first heard about it and realised that I have and read a lot of female writers. I wondered if I should do the opposite, but I’d rather read books I want to read, regardless of the author. Let the chips fall where they will!

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  3. A book could be written by a gender-less artificial intelligence from outer space and I wouldn’t care as long as it’s good. It’s the story I remember, not who/what/how the author is.

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  4. Nearly all of my favorite writers are women, but that’s more happenstance than me trying to deliberately seek out female “voices.” Every time I see a post about “lifting up” exclusively female writers, I kind of find it embarrassing. As if they think we’re a bunch of toddlers that require constant validation or we will collapse into a pool of our own estrogen. I’m a big girl. I don’t need to constantly be validated by strangers, or fictional characters.

    It’s sad because I used to find this sort of thing empowering. Yay! Girl power is awesome! Now that I’m older and feminist talking points are literally EVERYWHERE, I’m kind of over it. It’s not uplifting anymore. It’s patronizing.

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    1. That’s exactly how it feels! Like we are a bunch of toddlers with people clapping for us.

      And yeah, nothing with most of your favorite authors being women. There are so many incredible female writers. It’s the whole push to read women specifically because they are women that is so patronizing
      I’m also starting to see backlash against male authors for being male. β€œIm not going to read this book because we don’t need any more cis white male authors in this genre” is a legit comment I read in a goodreads discussion the other day :/

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