There have been a number of great conversations going on about gender in children’s and YA literature lately that I think should be shared as widely as possible.
First, Kelly Jensen (@catagator) did some impressive data compilation, looking at the representation of male and female authors on the New York Times Bestseller list. Part one shares the data, and part two goes into deeper, thoughtful analysis. As Kelly pointed out, part one led to an interesting conversation amongst E. Lockhart, Maureen Johnson, John Green, and many others. What I found interesting/troubling about the data and the discussion is this idea of “dominating.” You could either say that women dominate YA because there are so many more writers, editors, librarians, teachers, etc. involved in the YA world than there are men. But then this data shows that men dominate when it comes to prestige and, potentially, sales. For me, it is the disconnect between the two that is so troubling. Why does a women-centric world raise men so high above the women?