When a young woman writes a feminist novel, it’s called a feminist literature, and it’s considered an important form of literature in the field.
It’s also a bit of a taboo subject in Canada, which is about to embark on its first wave of female-led literary fiction competitions.
And yet, what does “femme literature” even mean?
In an article published this week in The Globe and Mail, author and feminist critic Anne Mearns takes us on a tour of what feminist literature is, what it’s like to write it, and how it differs from mainstream fiction.
Mearn points out that many feminists reject feminist fiction as an unserious exercise, and they also find the genre repulsive.
In her view, “feminist literature” is just another form of genre fiction.
But that’s not the whole story.
Mears takes on the question of what it means to be feminist literature in a different light.
She explains: Feminism, after all, is a word that has been defined in the language of modern science and technology and of a certain political movement that began in the 1970s, and which has a long history of being used as a weapon against men.
And it was the word feminism that was used against men in the 1960s to demonize and to dehumanize men in a way that, in many ways, is similar to the kind of rhetoric used against women today.
That kind of language is not only used to attack men in this country, it is also used to vilify and to marginalize women and to silence women.
It is a language that is very difficult for women to write and for women who have come to terms with the violence of the modern world to be able to write about it, to be aware of it.
MEARNS: One of the most important themes that we see in the first two chapters of the book is the difficulty for women writers and women in the publishing world to communicate their ideas.
That’s something that we’re very aware of in the literary world today, which I think is one of the reasons why there are so few women writing fiction.
We are a society in which a great deal of women work in professions that are considered to be the least glamorous, and women don’t often get the chance to write fiction because it’s deemed too much of a risk.
And so, what Mears does is she gives us a little bit of an overview of the issues that women face in this space, and she says that the book has a lot to say about the fact that, yes, we have a problem in this world of sexism, but we’re also dealing with an enormous amount of oppression.
MURRAY: So is that the problem that women writers are trying to address, or the problem of misogyny?
MEARS: I think that it’s really the problem and not the solution.
There is, in fact, a lot of misogyny in this field, and this is not just a matter of the fact, as many people claim, that there is misogyny in literature.
In fact, the vast majority of women writers, I think, are writing fiction that is feminist.
The problem, however, is that most of them, like so many other writers, write in a form that is not feminist.
And, in some ways, that’s a problem.
We need to be more aware of that.
MUNDER: And that’s where Anne Mears’ book comes in.
She’s writing the book to help us understand how to write feminist fiction.
She says: As writers, we are often asked to create a story that reflects our ideas.
But the fact is, we’re not writing fiction to say something to other people; we’re writing fiction so that other people can write it.
And we need to get used to thinking of ourselves as a kind of collective voice in this society, so that we can express what we want to say.
And Mear’s research shows that the most effective way to do that is to write a story about a woman that’s about her.
She argues that fiction written by women writers has been on the decline, and that we need a way to reclaim that ground, to take the narrative back to the women’s voices of literature that are still being written, and create a narrative that reflects the voices of those women.
MOULTON: Anne M. Mearing’s book is a great read.
She offers us a new perspective on what it is that we want and what we need as writers.
And she also helps us understand why the field of feminism is so difficult for writers.
It turns out that a lot is actually about women and their experiences, and not about the issues facing men and boys in this new world.
And there’s a lot about how we make sense of our own experience in a patriarchal society.
That was Mearne Murtons new book, The Feminist Writing Handbook, which was