Giving Your Byline A Sex Change

Dec 13 2012 @ 4:46pm

Alyssa hates that female fantasy authors are pressured to adopt masculine pseudonyms:

Yes, male authors may adopt female or gender-neutral pseudonyms when they're writing in that most female-oriented genre of romance novels. But nowhere else is it assumed that men have to prove their credentials when they're writing about issues particular to women. Critics may debate how well George R.R. Martin handles things like sexual assault as a weapon of war and the psychological impact of arranged marriages in his Game of Thrones books, but I can't imagine that anyone would have suggested he masquerade as a woman if he wanted his legion of female characters or his perspectives on those issues to be taken seriously.