Monday, November 9, 2009

Women in Writing

In this blog, I'd like to compare the women of the 18th century to the women of the 19th century. Back then, we understand that women were silenced in the realm of writing and literature. To write as a women was the deviate from societal norms. Woolf points out that the women who did come out with writing back then did so in bravery. She gave proper acknowledgment to both Jane Austen and Emily Bronte in their bravery despite the struggles and criticism they had to endure. Women today do not have to go through this fear of criticism when publishing their books, more or less. We study women authors in school alongside men authors now. In my opinion, there is still a little ways to go in fully accepting women authors, though. As in our discussion today we were questioning Stephanie Meyer. We somewhat said that she fulfilled her gender role and wrote as a women, to women, in a womanly manner. We then questioned if it were to be a man writing the book that it would be preposterous. Why is that so? Is it because we split the two into categories only suitable for one and the other to then compare them in their gender roles? I don't think it's fair that it was said that she wrote well insider her gender role, but as in comparison to men was it comparable? If we even have to bring up these questions, I think it's fair to say that the equality of women and men in writing is not yet existent.


  1. During discussion I don't think anybody actually said that the idea of a man writing "Twilight" was preposterous. I think people would be very surprised, but I don't think they would consider it a travesty. It is just unexpected. Just as it would be unexpected for a female to write a book like "Generation Kill" (a book about the first Marine special forces unit to go into Iraq during OIF). This book contains loads of foul language, violence, and very "male" behavior, which would suggest is written by a man.

  2. I am certain that there are overlapping subjects that both women and men would enjoy in a book. The problem is when certain subjects are "presented" as only pertaining to woman or to men. Whether authors write in fear or anger due to the opposite sex, how does it effect their ability to be a "modest witness?" The perils of disqualifying oneself, no matter the gender, as a modest witness is equally high in both men and women. Instead, a writer must take into consideration both genders. Observation of life would not be very accurate if one's gender decided to rule out the opinion and existence of the other.


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