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#ThingsOnlyWomenWritersHear

Angela Lansbury Facepalming

Joann Harris (author ofย Chocolat), started a little hashtag on Twitter Tuesday morning that’s been trending all day: #ThingsOnlyWomenWritersHear.

I may have been glued to it a while. Sometimes it’s nice to know you’re not alone.

The most common thing I get is “Wait, you write sci-fi/fantasy? Not romance?”

I write what I like to read. I don’t like the anti-romance trend of the tag, because I know some romance authors and they’re bad-ass and some of the most prolific authors out there, women who write 10, 15, 20 books in their lifetime all while raising kids and spouses. Other genres really shouldn’t look down on the romance authors, and I really think a lot of the snobbery about romance as a genre comes from the fact that it is a female-dominated genre. Women write it. Women edit and publish it. Women consume it.

But that’s my only quibble with the tag, which is absolutely necessary to show the world (and other writers out there who may feel their experience was an exception) what we deal with on a regular basis as female writers. Here are some highlights:

Facepalm

More Facepalming

This is actually why I write sci-fi under the name “Davis L. Jennison” – that, and having a genre-specific name helps readers know what they’re getting. That it’s gender-nonspecific, well…look hard enough and you’ll see the woman behind the curtain, folks.

Eyerolls

The Best Facepalm

The best, however, the one that summarizes all other entries in the tag?

Drop that mic

 

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Meadhbh lives on a farm in the back end of beyond with a horde of cats and one very large dog. When she is not writing or tending to the wishes of her feline overlords, she spends her time crafting, gaming, and reading. You can find her on Twitter @Meadhbh (mostly fangirling); on Instagram: @meadhbh_d (mostly cats); on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MeadhbhDhommnail (mostly writing memes); and on the web at large at www.meadhbh.me (mostly everything else).