I'm not a subscriber of this iconic magazine and probably never will be now,-thats not really saying much as I don't subscribe to printed matter in general. I still love to buy them from my local newsagent. What this article bought home to me is that whilst the calendar in my kitchen reads 2011. -time can stand still in some establishments...or perhaps there are fewer women writers whose work is worth printing in this hallowed publication. Er, I don't think so. Many writers dream of having their stories printed in the same magazine that published JD Salinger.
Another thought crossed my mind, -what percentage of 'The New Yorker' readers are women? In my humble opinion I suspect more women buy magazines versus men; certainly you only have to walk into a newsagent to view what is on the racks to determine who the target audiences are. But perhaps all of this is waffle, and much ado about nothing? I don't know - all I know is that now everytime I pick up any magazine I will browse the name of the writer and wonder...male or female? So, thank you Jezebel and Ann Hays for bringing this to my attention. I think you may have reopened a can of worms, it concerns me that women writers may be treated in lesser light at 'The New Yorker'. Really...and now I must go polish my pearls. And for the record - when I read an article, I don't judge how great it is by the sex of the writer - I just want to be entertained!
What are your thoughts on boycotting a magazine for the lack of female writers?