You know, I think I can say this succinctly. Like, really succinctly.

Any author of medieval or renaissance fantasy who proclaims that there are few women in his fantasy because everyday historical women had constrained roles does not know a damned thing about what everyday historical women did, and managed, and accomplished. He does not know how households were run, or estates were managed, and he should probably educate himself.

And any epic fantasy author who says that had better stop writing exceptional male characters, because exceptional female historical characters include Hypatia of Alexandria, Hildegarde of Bingen, Zenobia, Hatshepsut, Galla Placidia, Empress Theodora, Julie D’aubigny, Murasaki Shikibu, Tomoe Gozen, Al-Khansa, the various Isabellas, Margery Kempe, Catherine the Great, Gráinne Ní Mháille, Jeanne d’Arc, Anne Bonny, Elizabeth I of England, Madame Wu, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Cleopatra, Liliuokalani, Brynhildr, Boadicca, Samarkar, Khutulun– oh, I could go on.

It’s not a valid excuse.

Moving on now.

Posted: Saturday, August 25th, 2012 @ 1:51 am
Categories: Blog, Writing.
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