Do Male Writers Have A Woman Problem?
"Jonathan Franzen's approach raises larger questions about the male literary establishment's familiar, deep-seated ambivalence about women and ambition. How many male writers cite or talk about women authors who have influenced them? How many do they include among their jostling, competitive peers? It is, clearly, much easier to sustain the fraternal order, huddling together in a corner snarking about the plain girl in the expensive dress, than acknowledge that maybe she is smart, capable, and worthy of their competition." The Daily Beast 03/01/12