My favorite typo: literary cannon. Basically you take all the terrible Great White Men writers and load them in and shoot them at the sun.
But nobody's going to fund a poetry MFA and nobody's gonna look at my resume and think oh wise choice 3 years off work in your 30s for MFA.
I have so much more to say about the parallel between canonizing men's novels in what started as a frivolous genre for ladies and >
> the ways some professions become more prestigious by kicking out women, or less prestigious by allowing women.
Women have to be kept out of the Serious Novel because if we allow women into the Serious Novel it will stop being Serious
Because anything where women are allowed becomes devalued, because of the taint of it being associated with women.
Women are frivolous. Therefore anything women do is frivolous. Therefore if we allow women into anything Serious it becomes frivolous.
Some professions that lost prestige by allowing women: teacher, secretary, nurse.
Some professions that gained prestige by deliberately excluding women: doctor, computer programmer, novelist.
One more thing: a place where a lot of really amazing writing by women is hidden right now is fanfiction.
Is fanfiction considered frivolous because so many women write it, or are women accepted in fanfiction because it's still frivolous?
That's mostly a rhetorical question and I don't know the answer and I don't know if it's possible to find out.
And one more thing after that: I think dismissing fanfiction out of hand does have a sexist component.
It is no accident that one of the most popular and accepted pieces of fanfiction, HPMOR, is written by a man.