Joanne Harris has certainly earned her way to the top of the literary game, penning the bestselling Chocolat trilogy along with a slew of other novels — but that hasn’t stopped sexism in the publishing field from hitting her hard at every corner. Harris has a usual activity on Twitter where she writes out #TenTweets regarding a certain topic or theme, and her latest series of ten tweets revolves around the sexism she has faced in the publishing industry. It seems that even a woman as successful as Harris still experiences it on a regular basis, which unfortunately, says a lot about the industry. Take a read through Harris’ tweets and let us know what you think about the issue in the comments section below!
1. (a) When CHOCOLAT first came out, I appeared with three (male) guests on a high-profile radio show…
1 (b): The (male) presenter chatted with the men, ignoring me for 30 minutes, then called in a female presenter to talk to me.
2. Early on in my career, one of my rejection letters from a large publisher cited as their reason: “lack of visual appeal.”
3. Later, my publisher tried to put a pink jacket on a book with an almost all-male cast, “so as not to alienate your readers.”
4. In spite of my Cambridge degree and academic background, I am still regularly referred to as “Yorkshire lass Joanne Harris.”
5. Recently I was told by a man at an academic party that “he never read books by women.” Two of his friends immediately agreed.
6. Just now, on Twitter, a man who admitted having no knowledge, statistics or experience, told me publishing wasn’t sexist. #TenTweets
7. Reviews of my food-themed book centred mostly on recipes. Reviews of John Lanchester’s food-themed book centred on -er-THEMES. #TenTweets
8. I yet have to meet a male writer of fiction whose work is habitually described as “delicious; sweet; mouth-watering.” #TenTweets
9. (a) Last time I toured in the US, every interviewer I met asked me what I thought of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. #TenTweets
9. (b) I happened to be travelling with a male writer, who spoke to the same interviewers on the same shows. NO-ONE asked him. #TenTweets
10. (a) I just did an online interview for a foreign magazine. One of the questions was: “Aren’t you afraid of getting fat?” #TenTweets
10 (b): Another was: “How do you juggle motherhood and writing?” I rest my case, M’Lud. #TenTweets
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