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The book review gender (and racial and cultural) gap

Books, books everywhere and not a female reviewer in sight
Books, books everywhere and not a female reviewer in sight


  • Rae Francoeur 5 years ago

    This is a deplorable situation. Thank you for bringing it to our attention and for doing so much discovery work. For those who like to read independent book bloggers, I have no statistics but that group must be overwhelmingly female and I'm guessing that they are, as a group, a powerhouse of influence among devoted fans and readers. I write a weekly book review column for GateHouse Media that I repost wherever I can just to get the word out about good books and mostly regional authors.

  • Wendy, DC Publishing Industry Examiner 5 years ago

    In a word: AMEN!

  • Mark 5 years ago

    If 70% of published books are written by men, doesn’t it make sense that 70% of reviews cover male authors? Should reviewers spend 50% of their time reviewing women authors when women write 30% of our books?

    It’s clear you would like to see more women writing reviews. Are you implying that women are being oppressed in the industry or are you disappointed with women for not keeping up with men? I’m not trying to be negative, I’m not sure I understand the point you’re trying to make.

    The only conclusions I could draw is: Women read more. Men write and review more. To you this is a source of angst.

  • Anonymous 5 years ago

    Perhaps more men review books because more men enjoy reading than women?

  • fuckyou 3 years ago

    White = band

    men = bad

    Yes we get it. We only hear it every single day of our lives.

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