It started the other day. I was working on a website, and asked DH if he thought it screamed females only, no men please. He kind of wish-washed back and forth between giving me an honest reply and one that would net him dinner that night.
The gist of it was, he thought a man wasn't likely to pick up a book written by a woman unless ... what was it? He was coerced or persuaded?? This from a ex-SF guy who reads romances?
I let it slide. Family peace and all that.
But then, when Taro Galsomino posted "Read Like A Man," I found myself getting irked. I choked on my chocolate when I read this:
For my money, I think the reason why I’m often drawn to “men’s” books these days is because of the intelligence factor.And this:
Sadly, I just don’t see the same amount of brainpower in the female-penned novels available today ...I was glad to read the response of the esteemed Jane of Dear Author, until I read this:
One reason is because I think that true love is best between equals. But to say that the men do it better is not only inaccurate but demeaning.What, females can't have intelligence from the head? Okay, I know she misspoke. She had to.
We romance bloggers may complain about the genre we love, but love it we do because we know that intelligence comes from the heart, not just the head.
Ugh. I'm trying to comment, and ... I just can't. I'm too annoyed at all of it. I suppose this is why stereotyping is such a bad idea. I'll comment with y'all in the morning. :-(