Thursday, October 22, 2015

A feminist analysis

How to Suppress Women's Writing
by Joanna Russ
Janet Frame is one of the women writers who have been subject to several of the common methods that are used to ignore, condemn or belittle the work of female authors:
1. Prohibitions 
Prevent women from access to the basic tools for writing.
2. Bad Faith 
Unconsciously create social systems that ignore or devalue women's writing.
3. Denial of Agency 
Deny that a woman wrote it.
4. Pollution of Agency 
Show that their art is immodest, not actually art, or shouldn't have been written about.
5. The Double Standard of Content 
Claim that one set of experiences is considered more valuable than another.
6. False Categorizing 
Incorrectly categorise women artists as the wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, or lovers of male artists.
7. Isolation 
Create a myth of isolated achievement that claims that only one work or short series of poems is considered great.
8. Anomalousness 
Assert that the woman in question is eccentric or atypical.
9. Lack of Models 
Reinforce a male author dominance in literary canons in order to cut off women writers' inspiration and role models.
10. Responses 
Force women to deny their female identity in order to be taken seriously.
11. Aesthetics 
Popularise aesthetic works that contain demeaning roles and characterisations of women.

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