Tuesday, June 03, 2008

If No Girls Were Allowed to Play in the All-Boys Club, Would Everyone Still Think It Was Such A Smooth Idea?

Here’s The Independent on the judging of The Orange Prize:
The chair of the jury of Britain’s leading women’s literary prize has called for a debate on whether men should be included on the judging panel to ensure a broader mix of tastes.

The Orange Prize, founded in 1996 to redress the gender imbalance in publishing, has enjoyed a long list of judges ranging from writers and literary critics to a model and singers. But while France's main prize for women's fiction, the Prix Femina, allows men as judges, Orange Prize judges are solely women.
The full piece is much longer and it’s here.

Of course, one of the reasons this is heating up right now is the fact that the winners will be announced in London in about a minute. Actually, June 4th. Here’s the shortlist.



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