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The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
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Gender at the NY Times: The Most Comprehensive Analysis Ever

Gender at the NY Times: The Most Comprehensive Analysis Ever | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

In this post I present the most comprehensive analysis ever reported of the gender of New York Times writers (I think), with a sample of almost 30,000 articles.

This subject has been in the news, with a good piece the other day by Liza Mundy — in the New York Times — who wrote on the media’s Woman Problem, prompted by the latest report from the Women’s Media Center. The WMC checked newspapers’ female byline representation from the last quarter of 2013, and found levels ranging from a low of 31% female at the NYT to a high of 46% at the Chicago Sun-Times. That’s a broad study that covers a lot of other media, and worth reading. But we can go deeper on the NYTimes, thanks to the awesome data collecting powers of my colleague Neal Caren.

Here are the results based on 21,440 articles published online from October 23, 2013 to February 25, 2014.

Deanna Dahlsad's insight:

1/3 of the articles are written by women (not half), and there are other reasons to be concerned.

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The Legend of Vera Nabokov: Why Writers Pine for a Do-It-All Spouse

The Legend of Vera Nabokov: Why Writers Pine for a Do-It-All Spouse | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
The rarity of spouses like Vladimir Nabokov's, who dedicated her life to supporting his career, may be hindering gender parity in literature.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, April 9, 4:05 AM
We all need a wife.
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Chart of the Day: Women write about family and gender, men cover literally everything else

Chart of the Day: Women write about family and gender, men cover literally everything else | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

"When we talk about gender imbalance in the media, it’s not just about women being generally underrepresented compared to men–it’s also about what topics they’re covering. Are women’s voices present in the media conversations around the full range of important issue areas of the day, or are they still siloed into certain traditionally feminine spheres? Welp, take a look at today’s depressing chart brought to you by Foreign Policy using data from The Op-Ed Project."


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It's Frustratingly Rare to Find a Novel About Women That's Not About Love

It's Frustratingly Rare to Find a Novel About Women That's Not About Love | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
"Literary girls don't take road-trips to find themselves; they take trips to find men."

I came of age without a literary soulmate. Growing up, I read every book recommended to me. Nick Carraway's lucid account of the 1920's seduced me. Huck Finn's journey up the river showed me the close link between maturity and youth, and Ray Bradbury taught me to be wary of big government as well as the burning temperature of paper. While the male characters of literature built countries, waged wars, and traveled while smoking plenty of illicit substances, the women were utterly boring.


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Deanna Dahlsad's insight:

I find it interesting that romance publishers recognize a LGBT follwing of their traditional romance novels, but the pubs in general can't figure out how to write fiction for women that is not about finding a man.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 27, 2013 7:28 PM

I find it interesting that romance publishers recognize a LGBT follwing of their traditional romance novels, but the pubs in general can't figure out how to write fiction for women that is not about finding a man.

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Hard Evidence: is there still gender bias in journalism?

Hard Evidence: is there still gender bias in journalism? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

"Journalism is changing, and so is the role of women in the workplace. But the two are not always evolving in harmony. Women substantially outnumber men in journalism training and enter the profession in (slightly) greater numbers, but still only a relative few rise to senior jobs. The pay gap between male and female journalists remains stubbornly wide, and older women - especially if they have taken a career break - find it difficult to retain a place in the industry.

 

Women in journalism still cluster around particular subject genres. Historically, they were almost totally confined to “pink ghettos”, but as more women entered the industry, there was an expectation that their opportunities would expand and that they would duly embrace areas that had been traditionally male, like hard news, crime or politics.

 

But a byline analysis of UK national newspapers in 2012 indicates that some areas still have very few women, in particular politics, sport and opinion writing. These findings are also supported by qualitative interview data. There are similar lacunae in the US press."


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Bernadette Barker-Plummer's curator insight, November 17, 2013 12:16 PM

Why are some 'beats' still inhospitable to women?  Clearly it is not the topics, women js are equally interested in politics, so maybe it is the practice of journalism in these arenas? Locker room based sourcing in sports? Boys drinking networks in politics? Byline analysis is the starting point, we need to figire out the 'why' also?

malek's curator insight, November 20, 2013 6:02 AM

The digital print skew the picture, given the lower pay to digital writers.

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How does your husband like the ‘research’ for your erotica?

How does your husband like the ‘research’ for your erotica? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Chuck Wendig asked women authors to tell the idiotic/sexist/misogynist/offensive questions they get asked. Read the whole comments thread.


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Do Men Receive Bigger Book Advances Than Women?

Do Men Receive Bigger Book Advances Than Women? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
We sift through nearly 5 years of deal reports to find out whether women receive lower book advances than men. The answer may surprise you.
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Desegregating Our Bookshelves Is A Good Start. Now What? - Role Reboot

Desegregating Our Bookshelves Is A Good Start. Now What? - Role Reboot | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
If boys won’t read books with girl protagonists, the solution is not to create more explicitly “boy” books, the solution is to delve deeply into “why,” says Soraya Chemaly. Last week, The Independent announced it would no longer review books that were specifically marketed to either boys or girls. As they put it, “Gender-specific books demean all …

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Men Surpass Women in Publishing of Research

Men Surpass Women in Publishing of Research | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

"Despite years of progress for women in science, men continue to dominate scientific publishing in nearly every country, according to new research in the journal Nature.

Not only do men publish far more research than their female colleagues, but papers with men as the dominant author are more likely to be cited by other researchers."


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JOST A MON: Sexism in the French Literary World?

JOST A MON: Sexism in the French Literary World? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

The French feminist collective La Barbe laid into the French literary world a couple of weeks ago. In the 110 year history of the Prix Goncourt, they said, hardly any woman has won it. They said that this omission pointed to the invisibility of women writers: a hundred out of 110 Goncourt winners, and 75 out of 87 Renaudot winners were men.

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Romance and the Problems with "By Women, For Women, About Women"

Romance and the Problems with "By Women, For Women, About Women" | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Why describing romance novels as the only books by, for, and about women is problematic.

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