Gender in the secondary curriculum: balancing the books
The intensifying debate about intersectionality – in brief, the study of how groups exposed to different kinds of oppression relate to one another and frequently overlap – provides another dimension to this kind of culture-watching. I've worked on the books pages of many newspapers, and have been instructed to keep an eye on gender balance countless more times than I have racial; class, educational background, sexuality, physical ability, never – except on specific occasions, such as when you ask a "gay writer" to review a "gay book". In addition, gender balance doesn't exactly mean equal pegging, and certainly not "more women than men"; it more usually means "some women". Or has meant. These impressions – anecdotal, personal and not scientific – range over many years, and things are changing.
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