Throw the book at them
THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED AND CORRECTED.
Understand, I am not one of those feminists who insist that merit be sacrificed on the altar of equality. However I do believe that (1) women start from behind and (2) the race is too often judged by boys' rules.
Which brings me to Newsweek's ''50 books for our times,'' What to Read Now. And Why.
Only eight by women. That is just 16 per cent deemed to have the ability to
open a window on the times we live in, whether they deal directly with the issues of today or simply help us see ourselves in new and surprising ways.
Top of the picks by women, coming in at No. 24? Mary Shelley's 19th century classic Frankenstein. (See update.)
Right behind it at No. 25, another female authored book, about motherhood. Then at No. 37, Marjane Satrapi's couldn't-get-more-current Persepolis.
No A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood? This in an age when so many are trying to turn back the clock on women's rights, and force them to become breeders? What about her genetic-engineering-gone-mad Oryx and Crake?
As my Tweep @ShelbyKnox points out, what times do Newsweek's editors live in?