Where are the Women on Wikipedia? (New York Review of Books)

Wikipedia is a bit of a boy’s club, according to some critics. “Around 90 percent of Wikipedia editors are men, and it shows,” New Scientist pointed out recently. At the moment, there’s an uproar over a Wikipedia editor’s decision to move female novelists out of the category “American novelists” and into the category of “American women novelists.” Joyce Carol Oates for one was not amused. She tweeted, “Wikipedia bias an accurate reflection of universal bias. All (male) writers are writers; a (woman) writer is a woman writer,” the New York Review of Books reports.


  1. John Carter says:

    No exact results found for “woman writer” in the dictionaries accessible on the internet. All definitions are simply some form of “one who writes”–with the assumption that a person wishing to communicate as “a writer” will use some sort of means of forming the image of one or more letters into groups we will call “words” and then into those wildly varying collections of words which we will call “sentences”–and perhaps even collect these “sentences” into aggregations sometimes referred to as “paragraphs” (although most newspapers only include one or two sentences in what they refer to as paragraphs). For those advanced practitioners of “writing”, there is the art of placing paragraphs in larger accumulations so that they make sense in one way or another. (This is the most difficult part of a writer’s “job”.) So few persons actually learn the next step: the task of placing one paragraph after another in some pattern that makes sense and presents a continuing development of the communication that we do not even need to discuss it here. (See Herbert Ross Brown–the New England Quarterly.) JC

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