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"I JUST noticed something strange on Wikipedia. It appears that gradually, over time, editors have..."

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“I JUST noticed something strange on Wikipedia. It appears that gradually, over time, editors have begun the process of moving women, one by one, alphabetically, from the “American Novelists” category to the “American Women Novelists” subcategory. So far, female authors whose last names begin with A or B have been most affected, although many others have, too. The intention appears to be to create a list of “American Novelists” on Wikipedia that is made up almost entirely of men. The category lists 3,837 authors, and the first few hundred of them are mainly men. The explanation at the top of the page is that the list of “American Novelists” is too long, and therefore the novelists have to be put in subcategories whenever possible. Too bad there isn’t a subcategory for “American Men Novelists.””

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Wikipedia’s Sexism Toward Female Novelists - NYTimes.com (via techladymafia)

The category “Person” is looking a little crowded…

(via alexandraerin)

I was asked recently how “else” they could have done this, since “they had do *something* to deal with this endless list afflicting the ever aint-shit minds of wikipedia’s male editors.

You know, how bout like at a fucking library?  By genre?  By era?  By content?

But no, first you jumped to gender, and guess what, that’s gonna be filled up real quick, so I guarantee you by this logic, the next sub-division is going to be by race.

(via writeswrongs)


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