I was all bent out of shape. I saw a tweet today which said there were "no good men writing anywhere". Supposedly, this statement was overheard many times at Blissdom. In fact, Lauren Lankford (@laurenlankford) said she'd heard it many times - and then, thankfully, disagreed.
I'm not bent out of shape anymore. I had all day to think about it. Now I'm curious.
What I'd like to know is - where does the stress belong in that statement?
Said in one manner, it could mean there are no good men writers out here in the Blogosphere - as in, no men that are good writers.
Said in another manner, it could mean that there are no good men writers out here in the Blogosphere - as in, there are no writers that are good men.
I read many of the women that were at Blissdom. I like to feel I've gotten to know them at some level. That said, I feel I know them, THEM, well enough to say that they would never paint with such a broad brush. I would also like to say that there are women, out here in the Blogosphere, who are, perhaps, not reading the right people - not reading the right men.
But I'd like to think that those 'broad brush painters' are wrong, on both counts.
There are good men out here.
There are men writing good stuff out here.
I just thought somebody needed to say that.