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At one point at this year's Minicon, on a panel about the best science fiction of the previous year, one of the panelists recommended a book in a way that really bothered me: "It's military science fiction - written by a girl!" I think the guy thought he was being funny, but there are a few things wrong with what he said:

1. I wouldn't think of Ann Leckie as a "girl". She is unquestionably an adult woman.

2. Military SF written by women is not even that unusual. Over the years, I've read several works in that genre that were written by women, including some long series. And I'm not even that into military SF! Had that panelist been ignoring them all as "girl stuff" until one won a Nebula? It boggles the mind.

3. Even if this WAS unusual, pointing out that it was written by a woman is a silly way to promote it, opposed to saying that it won a Nebula and is really good. Unless you are trying to point out that it's military science fiction that isn't horribly sexist like a lot of the stuff men write, which would be a valid thing to note, but not really what the guy was saying.

I haven't read "Ancillary Justice yet, but I expect I should, it's supposed to be really good. I don't know much about it yet though, since I was so dumbfounded I tuned out the rest of the guys recommendation.


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May. 24th, 2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
I appreciate the fact that I have friends like you who are so thoughtful and articulate on topics that are important to me and society as a whole. While I do a fair amount of thinking, perhaps too much at times, most of it is about stuff much closer to my personal home life. Reading here and elsewhere helps me stretch a bit. :)
May. 26th, 2014 05:48 pm (UTC)
I think it's supposed to be funny when people say things like that. Institutional sexism is such a knee slapper.
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