I wish I could still find that study that cited, “Men read other men, women read men and other women,” seemingly in that order.

UPDATE: Anther article with a study about women’s words not be chosen by editors (or is that women don’t submit?) states that It’s 2012 already: why is opinion writing still mostly male?

I wonder if it’s because most writers are men, or at least appear to be. It seems to be something we know subliminally; otherwise why would female authors of days gone by (and even some today) take a male pseudonym as a pen name?


Eliot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was just reminded of this phenomenon as I picked up a small book in my library the other day while dusting, and decided to take a sojourn; like, opening the book for more information. I looked for the copyright. None… “First edition,” I thought, especially based on its age. Published by The Mershon Company.  The book is titled, Romola, and it’s written by George Eliot. “Hum,” I thought. “George Eliot sounds familiar,” but I couldn’t bring up any other references in my brain. I did what we now all do, I Googled “George Eliot.”

WIKI: Mary Anne (alternatively Mary Ann or Marian) Evans (22 November 1819 – 22 December 1880), better known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, journalist and translator, and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era.

Romola, 1863: Romola, an historical novel set in late 15th century Florence and touching on the lives of several real persons such as the priest Girolamo Savonarola, displays her wider reading and interests.

So, here’s a copyright range, from Thoughts of Bibliomaven

The Mershon Company was an active publishing house between 1897 and 1906. Mainly known as a reprint house of classics and juvenile literature, it also published a number of original…

And, this is an original “reprint,” printed after George Eliot’s life ended, still over 100 years old. “What a sweet little book,” I thought.

Back to my original title… Men reading men, women reading me and other women  – in that order…

About a month ago, my friend and writer colleague Alana Gentry (Girl with a Glass) started a private Facebook page for women writers (and bloggers… but, we now all know that “bloggers” are writers, the difference between writers and bloggers being the publishers… But… bloggers are self publishers. I feel like a dog chasing my tail/tale, here.)  Although there are some women invited into this group who are in the wine business but not writing a blog or articles, like Julie Weinstock (Ledson Winery’s writer and editor of everything relating to the winery, and all their social media)), most of the women are wine writers with their own blogs, and/or publish stories).

Let me also make clear, if someone like Julie is a PR person, her writing skills are top notch… She’s just got a great, steady writing gig; which lots of people choose to do in the world of writing, versus trying to sell one story at a time. This, too, is why I’m also a publicist, besides my self publishing.

When I found myself put into the group, my first thought was (being very honest here), “Do I want to be part of another group? I don’t have time for another group.”

Still, intrigued, I went to the Facebook page to see what was going on. Within seconds I was drawn in. It had all the elements of a “guy” site (snarky stuff going on, included), but in a very different dialogue with each other, and very entertaining. (Thanks, ladies, for working that one out, sorta.) It’s also one of the first things I do each day, check in with this page to see who is doing what, and what ideas are being shared. I’ve now segued from reading men first and foremost, simply because this group holds more interest for me… Maybe now I’m getting why men read men, and rarely gravitate toward women writers, first and foremost.

Perhaps it’s because there are now more women writers readily available that women might gravitate more in that direction? Only time will tell.

What’s most interesting to me is the sense of urgency to be helping each other, because we know we’re such a small minority. Not only helping each other, but now a month later, Alana has her thinking cap on and is coming up with awards that will impact other women. Alana’s an innovator and is on the move with this group.

She asked, “What can we be doing to help each other?” I decided to create and have been adding daily to a list of women bloggers/writers, taking my lead from within this group. I have a list of other bloggers that I have reciprocal links with, but I decided to create a new list called: A List of Women Wine Writers | Bloggers. The list is actually of the women within this group; otherwise, the list could become longer than my Web page, and I’m not trying to have the longest Web page in the history of Web pages. Still, it a great list, and if you’re wondering about what women wine writers are having to say, this link list is a good resource. It takes a lot for me to create another link list on my blog these days. This one is definitely worth it.

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