Clementine Ford: It’s 2017 and people still assume the person in charge is a man

Clementine Ford It's 2017 and people still assume the person in charge is a man

Clementine Ford: It’s 2017 and people still assume the person in charge is a man

Interesting recent article that I’m sharing on here because it was inspired by a publishing company’s new policy. Clementine Ford is an Australian journalist and feminist.

The article was inspired by one publishing house in Ireland that has started tossing all queries and submissions made out to “Dear Sir” without even looking at them. Why? Because the people who run the business are women.

I admit: we’re still conditioned to think like this. I caught myself making a sexist assumption the other day, and was appalled. It takes time to change (hell, most of us still default to calling all animals “he”!), but I think that you could at least do that much research when submitting a manuscript.

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The Week: 2nd – 8th October

Floriade in Canberra over the weekend.

Canberra Australia Blue Sky Sunshine Sunny Afternoon Sonya Heaney Spring 2nd October 2017 Pink Flower Garden Nature

Monday sunshine for Labour Day in Canberra.

Well. What an awful week in the news.

The rest of the world looks on in horror at America’s out-of-control gun problem, and shakes their heads in bewilderment at why nobody will do anything about it.

My review of Montana Bride by Christmas (Montana Cowboys #4) by Linda Ford

My review of Christmas Amnesia (Callahan Confidential #3) by Laura Scott

Mills and Boon Woos New Readers

The Overwhelming Gender Bias in “New York Times Book Reviews

Trump and Romance Book Sales

 

The Latest Romance Genre Insult

You know what? I’m not even bothering to read the original article that sparked a huge backlash from authors, journalists, bloggers etc. I’ve read MANY quotes, and he doesn’t deserve the traffic.

All that needs to be said is that yet another man with a big audience behind him took a big swipe in a major publication at books written for and by women.

I did, however, read a number of responses, including this one (written by a man):

All the Dumb Things You Can Say About Romance Novels, In One Convenient Place.

Here is the response to the original writer claiming that a successful marriage in fiction is to women what being James Bond is to men:

Third, let’s note that ‘courtship and female self-empowerment’ are positioned as fantasy objects roughly as attainable for the modern woman as a life of ‘violence and danger’ is for the modern man. When, in fact, relationships that unfold in emotionally and physically fulfilling ways and self-empowering development on both the personal and professional level should probably be considered baseline expectations for the modern American woman, not dream lives. (And, for that matter, they should be baseline expectations for the modern American man, but that’s another topic for another day.)

Family and Community Day

Spring Blossoms Canberra Australia Garden Flowers Blue Sky Sun Sonya Heaney 5th September 2016 IMG_0283

Today in the Australian Capital Territory is the totally random public holiday: Family and Community Day. I’ve been told it replaces a November holiday that used to fall around the time of the Melbourne Cup.

And apparently Western Australia celebrates the Queen’s Birthday today (we did it back in June; her actual birthday is in April – there is actually a reason for all these weird dates!).

Whatever it is, it’s a day off. Maybe I can catch up on some books!

Hunger Games and Twilight are getting theme park lands in South Korea

Twilight star Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen

This news is actually from a few weeks ago, but in case you didn’t see it before:

Hunger Games and Twilight are getting theme park lands in South Korea

Of all the book-movie franchises to choose! One is about kids fighting to the death, and the other is about an obsessive vampire stalker!

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth.

The Twilight and Hunger Games film franchises may have come to a close, but movie studio Lionsgate will soon offer fans a new way to engage with both thanks to new theme park expansion lands. Today the studio announced that it will be opening Lionsgate Movie World, a 1.3 million-square-foot theme park in South Korea dedicated to its various movie properties.

The park will be part of Jeju Shinhwa World, a luxury resort on South Korea’s Jeju Island. Movie World will be made up of seven different “zones,” each devoted to a different Lionsgate film. Along with Twilight and The Hunger Games, the magic-themed Now You See Me franchise will receive an area, as will the studio’s upcoming Robin Hood remake. According to the press release, guests will be able to “experience actual movie scenes” with a combination of rides, recreated environments, themed restaurants, and live performances. The park is scheduled to open sometime in 2019.