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May 15, 2012



Right on, Carolyn! I hope you send a link of it to the 'journalist' and his bosses at the newspaper. It would be a lovely slap in the face to their professionalism.

And for the record, MOST of what I read are mysteries and thrillers. I just recently got back in to 'chick-lit.' But I've never been normal.

Love your work!

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Hey, Carolyn! And welcome--

Well said, of course. As a reporter, I have gotten the "little lady" response way too many time..although I always see it as a clear indication the guy has something to hide.

And how many of us have heard the "when are you going to write a real book?" question--on of Femme Toni's favorites. :-)

Sigh--I missed the Jodi Picoult...what did she say?

Kathy Bergold

Very well said, Carolyn. That was one of the most biased articles I've ever read. A pox on that reporter! (and the editor for approving it for publication.) Your books are beautifully written no matter the genre and I enjoy each and every one. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.


Carolyn, you hit the nail on the head with all your points. The male reporters and their editors were unprofessional to release such biased, poorly researched and poorly written material. They are also out of your league and they know it. You could investigate, report and write them under the editor's desk without blinking an eye.

Marcia Talley

Carolyn, you are so right. Sisters in Crime has been working hard for twenty-five years to raise public awareness of women who write crime fiction and to gain equality for us in the industry. We -- clearly (and sadly) -- have a long way to go! But statistics like those you cite can help smash the stereotypes.

Brenda Joyce Jerome

Excellent, just excellent! Well stated.



I've heard you rail about this in the past. The same thing happens on a regular basis in the film community, unfortunately. Writers in Hollywood, in the main, get treated like red-headed stepchildren, but female writers have it even tougher. Especially if they are writing in what's considered a "male-specific" genre like action or war films. This bias also extends to female directors.

Case in point, Kathryn Bigelow, one of Hollywood's best directors, encountered massive resistance from Hollywood execs when she wanted to direct 'The Hurt Locker'. It ended up winning Best Picture a couple of years ago.

Another sore point that you and I have talked about in the past is the fact you live and work in the South. The South for all it's many good things, is not known for it's enlightened attitudes toward women, because of the religious issues and the dominance of the often backwards- looking GOP political structure.

Male patriarchal attitudes dominate both religious and political life here. Not to say that it doesn't exist elsewhere, only that it is more prevalent and in-your-face in the South. After living 15 years here, I see it every day and in every way.



Terri Dunn

Well said!!! When I read that article, I couldn't even believe the editor allowed it to be published, it was so biased. Guess the editor is a man.......

Monica Helton

Well said Carolyn! I read that article and the reporter who wrote it and the editor who approved it should be ashamed of themselves. I hope you post a link of this blog to that reporter and his editor.

Someone needs to learn how to be a good reporter and someone needs to learn how to run a newspaper. And yes it is worse here in the South.

Thomi Sharpe



Welcome back to the Femmes, Carolyn. Great blog!

carolyn haines

Thanks, to all of you. Support does take a little of the sting away. Some days I have to wonder, "is it me?" And I think that's one of the most insidious parts of this kind of prejudice.


Amen, Carolyn--and well said! Whether it is "gender bias or genre bias," it still stinks. And it stinks worse that we still have to bring attention to this in 2012. It's not the label: it's the story. It's not the label: it's the person.

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