An issue that pertains to some extent to a few of the current discussions within genre, posted on Booklifenow.
And, just so it’s not lost in the shuffle–Bruce Holland Rogers first put forth the six points in my post at Booklifenow. I, with his permission, paraphrased them (as noted); Everything on gender after the first couple of sentences are my observations or quotes from others. Also, Rachel Swirsky has posted a blog entry related to the discussion here.
As one female writer who wished to remain anonymous put it in an email to me: â€œ[The significance of sacrifice is] wrapped up for me in the stress/struggle I have as a female writer, on the losing end of gender expectations. There a number of things I always felt like I should do: cook healthy meals, exercise, keep the house clean for me and my significant other, remember my friendsâ€™ and familyâ€™s birthdays, be there for my five younger siblings whenever they need me, etc. Yet Iâ€™m constantly aware of the fact that all the time I spend on those good things is time that Iâ€™m not writing. I constantly feel guilty â€” either guilty because Iâ€™m not writing, or guilty because Iâ€™m not keeping up with the tasks mentioned above. I think women are probably more prone to that feeling of guilt and personal failing than men, though perhaps thatâ€™s just a stereotype.â€