Race and genre are not remotely similar, yes. Race and gender, however, usually are considered to be so.
I also feel that I should address the comments here asking if we would do something like this based on racial stereotypes. I find this comparison extremely odd. Race and genre are not even remotely equivalent.
I find it ironic that most of the angry and upset people that posted in this article are sexist themselves when they think that only women read romance novels (that makes you a hypocrite). There are plenty of men that read them also. Even as a kid when all that I had to read were my mom's True Romance and True Story romance magazines, they were pretty much written in the same manner. Not to take away anything that these women have written in their particular style of romance novels but when one conjures "romance novels" one thinks of the Fabio covered books that would use this "style" of writing. To accuse Zach of never reading a romance novel (have you asked him personally?) and to call him sexist is just plain arrogant and ridiculous. It was written in a style of satirical humor and nothing more. If you want to put words in his mouth because you are having a bad day and are taking it out on someone who meant no harm, then please take a deep breath put your anger to some better use.
This blurb was intended to direct our readers toward a unique event in a humorous, light-hearted way. I'm sorry that it didn't strike some of you that way.
But I do not agree that the blurb is sexist. It’s a broad, silly parody of the style of romance novels. There is nothing in it about the people who read them or about women in general. The language is not gendered.
The idea that the blurb disrespects female readers and writers is problematic because women, of course, read and write a wide variety of things--all the things that men do--and many don’t read romance novels at all. Meanwhile, Romance Writers of America reports that 9% of romance novel readers are men.
I do understand the perception that the blurb is not respectful of the romance genre. But it is not uncommon for us to take an irreverent tone in our preview blurbs, and Zack has written many of them--on all manner of genres--in a satirical voice.
Per http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sexism?show=0&t=1406825779: sexism is defined as "behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex"
Now, imagine that piece being read aloud.
Do you hear in it a male or female voice?
Now visualize the monologue as performed by each sex. Is it a male or female performer?
Is the core message informational or is it overriden by the tone? How would you define the tone? Sarcastic? If so, the author is ridiculing a group that are primarily women writers and women readers. Insulting? To the authors and genre and attendees, definitely. Informative? I think not. Uplifting or respectful? Ha!
Again, what if this were race-based? Would it be comedic or racist?
What a sexist piece of crap.
It's not just me who is offended by this. If you are on Twitter, the @indyweek tag is being criticized by women writers for being offensive and sexist. Here's hoping the INDY listens and rethinks their attitude toward romance.
It is sexism when you take an event that is paneled by women and attended by mostly women, and make fun of it using language that he, a man who has clearly read no romance novels, has decided represents the obviously overwrought emotions of the women involved. If this had been a panel of Asian-American authors and he had written up the event in fake pidgin Chinese, I'd be offended then too. Don't do that.
It's sexist in that this was a professional event featuring four women speaking about their work. He belittles the work--the books mentioned--and their writers. When women speak about everyday sexism this is the sort of thing they're talking about. Work done by women that is, in general, utilized by women, is mocked as a way to diminish its power. That's why I'm playing the sexist card.
I see that Mr. Smith is lampooning the romance novel genre by writing in a stereotypical feverish style, but how is he engaging in sexism?
How ironic that I just wrote two blog posts this week on sexual harassment and wrote in conclusion that I did think we were getting better, although we have far to go. This? This is not getting better. This is a steaming pile of sexism and I'm embarrassed for both the writer and whatever editor approved this. You think you're being funny, but the rule in comedy is that you should always "punch up" and not down. You can crack jokes about people for being hypocritical or careless with their power. You don't take a subject that is popular particularly with women and then make fun of them for it. That's cheap and crass. You should know better. You should do better.
Wow, you guys are really on the "we think we're edgy" but we're really sexist train here. I won't bore you or Mr. Smith with the extraordinary accomplishments of these four women or the phenomenal success of romance in the publishing world. I will ask: If this night had featured authors who wrote books about murder, incest, dismemberment, or random violence against women, would you have written such a condescending blurb?
Wonderfully talented teens in this show!! They do Fiddler more than justice!
the kid had a great blues raspy voice !! Good Times
Here's a video of Jon Shain Trio --
This is past event that happened on June 8. It is not recurring.
http://pickinintheplaza.com/ lists this show as being on July 17, rather than July 19 as specified here.
I created this ad, and it is obsolete now. I am trying to get it removed. Age Is Just A Number no longer plays at the Hillsborough Wine Company, though we thoroughly enjoyed playing there and recommend the venue highly. Cheers, David Kreimer
It's a British Invasion on July 4 at this costumed, crazy, over the top dance party.
DJ 40 oz. spinning Brit punk, Brit pop, and a bit of everything that falls between.
Fire spinning performances for your 4th of July entertainment!
Amazing talent and such a fun show for all ages! Great music and songs - we loved all of the dancing and choreography!
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