Saturday, April 16, 2011


Awhile back, I read a blog post denigrating blog titles that indicate the (female) gender of the author. The post was written by a woman who was unhappy with women who shout out our gender from the rooftops to both affirm our identity and challenge the world to accept us as we are - female.

Today I read a NY Times review of HBO’s production of George R. R. Martin’s series “Game of Thrones.” The review was written by a woman who apparently lives a very insulated life in a tiny circle of friends, all of whom seem to read romance novels and only romance novels.

I cannot imagine what the hell the Times was thinking to assign a review of a fantasy series to someone who clearly has no understanding of the genre. And no understanding of the wide diversity of interest of the members of her own gender, for that matter.

Ginia Bellafante and the Times would have us all in the kitchen making sammiches for the menfolk with one hand while turning sizzling pages of the latest fantasy-porn with the other as we drool over the “illicitness … tossed in as a little something for the ladies.”

It seems women readers of fantasy have found a spokesperson – are we excited, girls?

Isn’t it wonderful when fellow (female) writers determine how we should write and what we should read? And decide for us what our range of interest ought to be, according to their narrow little minds?

Thank you, George R. R. Martin, both for your writing and for appreciating the Geeky Girls!

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