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19 – women are still
06.9.2005, 12:01 am
Filed under: articles

Women are still a closed book to men : research shows men mainly read works by other men / David Smith.
The Observer, 29 May 2005.
[http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,6109,1495060,00.html]

A terse little article reporting the results of a study of mens’ and womens’ reading habits.  The main conclusion is in the subtitle, but it’s an interesting read even just to see some of the British sensibility about the subject. 

And, in promotion of honesty I’ll report that the piece resonated with me because I’ve been having a crisis of confidence about the gender balance of authors in this list (as of number 18, and by my count that relies on the suspect method of my being able to discern gender based on peoples’ names, the statistics are as follows: 24 items written by women, 39 by men, 5 by men and women working together, and 5 items whose authors are of unknown gender).  This is not my only booklist-content-related anxiety, but merely the one that relates to this article.  Sigh.

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