Margaret Atwood Talks Gender Bias, Teaching and Canadian Literature

Margaret Atwood Talks Gender Bias, Teaching and Canadian Literature

Canadian author Margaret Atwood tells George Stroumboulopoulos how she used to teach her students about gender bias and Canadian literature before the days of the internet. It involved a lot of reading – and a lot of counting.

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they're systemic issues as to why some years there are more women who are in the conversation than less or is it just coincidental once upon a time before there was an Internet right and things were a lot harder to research I made my unfortunate students do the following I made them read all of the newspapers for a whole year all of the book sections of all of the newspapers and I made them count how many books by women were reviewed and how many books by men were reviewed and then I made them count how many books of women were reviewed by women and how many books of women are reviewed by men and how many books of men worry good by men and how many books of men were reviewed by women right and then I made them count words like solipsistic why I first part but why sell existing because that was a word that often got applied to women writers and never got applied to men writers and then I got them to count the following if a woman writer was considered good this is back in 1971 not now she would be considered an honorary man and if a man writer was considered bad he would be considered a wussy woman type of person who who were writing these reviews back then old people who are now dead George right and we do not speak ill of the dead but what they were doing but you know I'm sure they're doing nothing of the kind no no no that was changed no no

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