Interrupting Women: A Links Round-Up

A man named Ben Blatt analyzed — among other things — the gendering of certain terms and descriptions in fiction. My favorite finding is that male writers were 75% more likely to depict female characters interrupting male characters. TYPICAL.

On diversity in historical romance.

Given the history of Nazi appropriation of medieval studies and folklore, I was particularly interested in this February series at the Public Medievalist about people of color in the medieval world. The introduction to the series is here, and you can click through to the other pieces in it.

Well this story about a doctor who reads a lot but never any women makes me want to punch someone.

Why “we made it for the fans, not the critics” is nonsense.

The US is insisting that Cambodia pay off a huge debt incurred by a dictator the US installed via coup. It’s tremendously garbage.

How to counteract gaslighting.

Linda Holmes is predictably fantastic on the “Missing Richard Simmons” podcast.

I loved this Jezebel review of a book called How Not to Hate Your Husband after Kids, which both gets at a lot of intractable gender dynamics and made me want to read this book whose title initially really really put my back up.

Author Karan Mahajan on being brown in Austin.

Jia Tolentino is such a terrific writer. Here’s her piece on the gig economy and how it celebrates overwork.

Belle should have married Gaston: A historical perspective.

Why do dude journalists think lady celebrities want to sleep with them (spoilers: they don’t)?

  • Great links as always! Thanks for compiling and sharing them!

  • That doctor article is maddening.

  • Jeanne

    Especially good links this week! I love them all!
    Like the woman who wrote the article, I wish I’d been able to read How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids when mine were small. We made our adjustments, but not without drama, because sometimes we’re dramatic people. One thing that happened is that although we thought it was important to give our kids the cultural education of going to church, I finally got fed up with getting three people fed, appropriately clothed, and otherwise ready on Sunday mornings. So we stopped going, and neither of us were happy about the way it ended. We still don’t talk about it.
    Sigh. The gaslighting.

  • Oh, fab links, although so many are grit-your-teeth enraging! (That interrupting women article and the dr one especially!) I might get How Not to Hate Your Husband … because even though I don’t have a husband, it’s been interesting the ways my wife and I have butted heads about stuff neither of us imagined being an issue — esp the early days with our son was an infant!

  • JeanPing

    I interrupt my reading of the doctor article to tell you that just yesterday, I weeded a large section of American literature at my work and threw out most of a shelf of books lauding Norman Mailer. HA. (Our shelves are choked with old literary criticism.)

  • Stefanie@SoManyBooks

    The How Not to hate Your Husband book sounds good and I don’t even have kids! And dude journalists, ugh, they need to get over themselves and yeah, maybe they shouldn’t be allowed to interview women celebrities.

  • So many good links here, thank you!

  • Alley

    The Belle Should Marry Gaston PPT makes some good points

  • Fantastic list of articles, as always! I have to say, that argument for Belle marrying Gaston is impressive and made me think twice about foregoing that library.

  • I can so relate to that “How Not To Hate Your Husband” book, especially this: “I’m disappointed that on top of doing far more housework and childcare than men, it also falls on women to patiently and strategically negotiate the terms of our liberation.” However, after twelve years of marriage and ten of parenthood, all of which it’s taken to negotiate a workable relationship, I’ve decided to embrace this as an exciting challenge. In our brave new world, I think it’s becoming abundantly clear that women (or rather, the traditionally undervalued and overlooked feminine qualities that live in all of us regardless of gender) are going to need to become the leaders in all kinds of ways. Gear up, everyone, it’s going to be a tough road — but it will be worth it.

  • Laila@BigReadingLife

    I always enjoy your links! I especially liked the Jezebel piece on the Dunn book. It’s on my TBR. This ang so true for me:
    “Yet still we have to ask nicely even when we’ve already asked twice, we have to be strategic in the way we frame our requests so as not to spook them, we have to modulate our tones so as not to seem angry even when we are angry.”

  • Citizen Reader

    I would agree that the links list was particularly fab this week. Although I just read two of the articles (doctor doesn’t read women’s books, Dunn review) and am now all keyed up and feeling on edge, ready to undertake the work of introducing men to the idea that “come on guys, maybe you could figure it out yourselves already”–but not particularly sure where to start. Oh well, on edge seems to be my normal state lately, so that’s okay.
    I LOVE Jancee Dunn; her prior memoirs are great too. Hadn’t even heard of this one so thanks for that. And honestly, I got a belly laugh out of the neurologist thinking E.B. White was a woman. I’m sorry, even if you’re a neurologist and you seem to know about books (as the author suggests), if you don’t know AT ALL who E.B. White is you’re not really all that into literature. Don’tcha think? That said, kudos to him for asking for some women writer recommendations, and kudos to that article writer for really thinking about some books he might like.

  • I’m thinking Belle shouldn’t marry either of them!
    I can relate to exactly the same part of “How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids” as Lory. I like the idea of giving it as a baby shower gift.

  • Aarti

    Ok, so Missing Richard Simmons vs S-Town. Why is everyone up in arms about the lack of privacy afforded to Richard Simmons but then everyone says S-Town is amazing? I mean, S-Town was great, but I don’t know that the key character in that series would want everything out about him in the world without the opportunity to choose whether to divulge it or not or share his side of the story. I feel like they are much the same but people are treating them very differently and I would like to know why.

  • Great round-up of links! I really enjoyed Ben Blatt’s Nabokov’s Favorite Color is Mauve and I thought his analysis of gender in writing was generally very good.