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Read Women in 2014, v.1

I'm a feminist. And a reader. That said, I am also sexist as all hell.

I did a quick count of the books I finished last year, and discovered only 8 out of 35 were written by women. Half convinced it must be a statistical outlier (because I had been researching Sherlock Holmes), I looked over my lists from earlier years. The number for the year before that was 12/52. And the year before that 13/57. It seems I'm consistently reading only 20% women. Some years more (say, if I'm re-reading Harry Potter), some years much less (there is one dismal one where only 7 out of 55 were women).

At least, so far, this year (having finished only one book), I've read 100% women: the wonderfully named The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, to boot. That said, on my "currently reading" list, which at the moment contains 75 books, only 18 are written by women. Hovering around 20% again.

This is not a surprise, really. I perfectly aware that I have grown up in a culture in which we are subtly (and sometimes not-so-subtly) taught that men's opinions are worth more than women's: men's thoughts can be deep and universal, whereas women's tend to be limited and superficial. Men write art; women write "chick lit" (I have discussed this at length in relation to Jane Austen). Intellectually, I find it appalling, but

Today is Virginia Woolf's birthday. May I suggest you start with Mrs Dalloway?

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