As a man, I'm used to being given the benefit of the doubt. When I tell people I write for a living, no one really questions it. When I let someone know I'm working on a play, no one assumes what it's about. No one questions how proficient I am in my given profession or really judges me. It might have to do with the fact that I'm a hairy, 6'1 220lb man, too.
I do hear some horror stories from my younger sister, however, who works in medical research. Her work is constantly second-guessed by male peers, despite having more experience than they do and putting in more time and effort than her coworkers.
It's not that I have anything against the fairer sex, but I'm just happy I wasn't born a woman, because if I had to deal with the crap that most women deal with on a daily basis, I'd probably want to claw someone's eyes out. So to express their frustration and show how crazy the double-standards are when it comes to gender identity in the world of writing, female writers on Twitter are sharing their personal accounts of discrimination they've experienced.
Yes, men sometimes make sacrifices, but let's not pretend society really expects them to in the way it expects women to put family first.— Joanne Harris (@Joannechocolat) April 17, 2017
I don't know of any male writer who has been criticized for neglecting his family life, or told he's being selfish for wanting to write.— Joanne Harris (@Joannechocolat) April 17, 2017