Some readers of the issue, like Molly Templeton, a freelance writer and fulltime bookseller for Word Brooklyn, saw a slant reflected in the topics and distribution of bylines. As she wrote in an email to friends and writing industry colleagues, “That cover made me feel like I was in a time warp. There is nothing wrong with cooking and raising children; there are lots of things right and wonderful with these pursuits. They are also, as I’m sure I don’t need to tell you, traditionally female tasks, and when you take into consideration the VIDA stats, the history of gender imbalance in literature and journalism and the world at large, you might find yourself a little frustrated by the fact that it’s 20goddamn12 and we are still too often relegated to writing about deeply gendered topics.”
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