Women’s History Wednesday: Pseudonymous Psisters March 30, 2011Posted by thesporkgirl in Women Who Rock, Women's History Wednesday.
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For this week’s Women’s History Wednesday, I am highlighting two lady writers from the 20s through the 40s who published under male pseudonyms.
To work in science fiction, fantasy and pulp, it was considered wise to use a male or androgynous name due to the target audience being pubescent males. In short the theory was (and somewhat remains) that boys won’t buy girl-books, but girls will buy boy-books, so it was more economically sound to put out male authors. Plus more boys buy books, so let’s go after that audience. Little mind that maybe more girls would have bought sci-fi / fantasy / pulp books had their been anything geared towards them.
Gertrude Barrows Bennett was the influential and well-regarded author of speculative and science fiction under the name “Francis Stevens.” She either invented, or popularized, depending on who you ask, the sub-genre of “dark fantasy.” (more…)
Why do they stay? March 30, 2011Posted by Kristie in Domestic Abuse.
Tags: charlie sheen, domestic violence, unfollowcharlie
As I’ve discussed Charlie Sheen and his history of abuse towards women with the people around my office and in my life these past few weeks, a question that has come up more than once has been, “Why do women put up with this?”
My first instinct is to tell them to stop blaming the victim, which is an issue that needs to be addressed completely, but for now let’s just answer the question.
There are many reasons that women get into and stay in these situations. Here are just a few: (more…)