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August 28th, 2009
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A poll for the gents on reading
Please only participate in this poll if you self-identify as having a male gender.
I know it's hard to remember what-all you've read recently, but please try.

UPDATE: for anthologies, please count them as the gender of the majority of the authors.
FURTHER UPDATE: Please don't eliminate books from reporting in this poll based on their topic or genre, then comment afterward to tell me how the stats would be different if you hadn't done that. The poll is not intended to be aimed only at fiction, or SF - the question at the end is an add-on. The goal of the poll is to survey the genders of the authors of ANY BOOKS you read in the past 2 months.


Poll #1450130 Men reading books by women

How many books can you specifically recall reading in the past two months?

Of those books from the last 2 months, how many were by women?

Do the math: roughly what percent of the books you read in the past 2 months were by women?

Mean: 39.33 Median: 40 Std. Dev 32.14
0
7(23.3%)
10
1(3.3%)
20
4(13.3%)
30
1(3.3%)
40
4(13.3%)
50
6(20.0%)
60
1(3.3%)
70
2(6.7%)
80
0(0.0%)
90
0(0.0%)
100
4(13.3%)

Who were the female authors?

If you read SF what sort do you read?

Anything good
4(13.8%)
Adventure (SF or Fantasy)
0(0.0%)
comedic fantasy
0(0.0%)
Epic fantasy
0(0.0%)
Non-epic fantasy
0(0.0%)
slipstream
0(0.0%)
hard science fiction
0(0.0%)
space opera
0(0.0%)
military sf
0(0.0%)
alternate history
0(0.0%)
paranormal romance
0(0.0%)
paranormal mystery
0(0.0%)
cyberpunk
0(0.0%)
horror
0(0.0%)
anything with robots
0(0.0%)

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From:atdt1991
Date:August 28th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
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I also self-identify as a "reader", but I haven't done much of it lately.
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From:kenllama
Date:August 28th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
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me too!
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From:ckd
Date:August 28th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
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I put in an extra .5 for the female contributions to the two anthologies; I think they averaged out at about 25% each, though I haven't gone back to count stories/pages/etc. Neither of them was the Mammoth Book of anything....

My numbers are pretty badly skewed by re-reading right now, since of the 17 books (15 in my most recent booklog post, plus two since then), three are by Robert Heinlein, another three are Brian Daley's Han Solo books, and two are Bujold's Chalion books. My re-reading tends to be streaky like that.
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From:glenn_glazer
Date:August 28th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)

"Gender"

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I do not identify as being of the male "gender" because I am not a property of nouns in certain languages. I do identify as being of the male sex, though.
From:tlatoani
Date:August 28th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)

Re: "Gender"

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You do also know that the "property of nouns" definition is only one of the formally acceptable definitions, right? And that "sex" isn't actually a synonym for the one Netmouse is using, because "sex" is a biological distinction and "gender" is a societal and cultural one?
From:tlatoani
Date:August 28th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
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I'm going to try to give you an accurate answer on this, but as I read a ton of throwaway books on planes, I have to look at my shelves back home.
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From:netmouse
Date:August 28th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
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I appreciate it, thanks!
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From:mabfan
Date:August 28th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
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My reading has been curtailed this past month because of the twins...
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From:netmouse
Date:August 28th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
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well, and it would be. :)

Hope that's going well.
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From:grimfaire
Date:August 28th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
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Ummm... I read a lot and don't really care who the author is... well as in if they are male or female.

Read the entire Sookie Stackhouse series the other weekend...so maybe more than 50% of the books I've read recently have been by female authors.

Some authors I've no idea if they are male or female... either just initials or a non-gender specific first name and I don't look it up.
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From:netmouse
Date:August 28th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
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I know you read a lot. if you'd prefer to limit the poll to just a month, that's fine. If you have any names you don't know the gender of, let me know what they are and I'll see if I can find out.

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From:foms
Date:August 28th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
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I really haven't read very much in the last few months. There's been a convention in the way.
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From:foms
Date:August 30th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
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In fact, I can't remember any book that I both started and finished in the last two months. I can remember only three books that I finished during that period and all of them were written by men. I know that I have a couple of books that were written by women going but I may have to restart one of them because it has been so long since I read any of it.
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From:sorcycat
Date:August 28th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
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I don't have enough info to fill this out for my hubby, but he just completed a book by Robin Hobb.
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From:dd_b
Date:August 28th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
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My numbers for July and August are badly skewed by 2 batches of rereading, accounting for 9 of the 11 books I read in the period. None of which are in-genre.

Going for the full year-to-date, I get 29 by men, 7 by women, with the books that were not re-reads heavily concentrated among the women.
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From:netmouse
Date:August 28th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
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This is an interesting pattern that two of you have now reported.
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From:holyhippie
Date:August 28th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
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Right now, I can't remember the last time I got a chance to read fiction for pleasure. I have a lot of books in the shelves in my office, but very few bought in the last five years.

All my reading of books these days is reading out loud to my kids. Even then, I can't remember very specifically exactly what I've read; and for a bunch of what I do remember, I couldn't tell you who wrote it.

There are exceptions - My son likes the "Magic Tree House" series by Mary Pope Osborne. I know I've read from several of those. I like the books by Sandra Boynton, and my kids do too. I like to read Dr Seuss books, my kids have more mixed reactions to those.
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From:rmeidaking
Date:August 28th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
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Is this supposed to be just fiction books, or both fiction and non-fiction? How to I count an anthology of mixed authors?
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From:netmouse
Date:August 28th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
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well, since you're female you should wait for the next poll, but I'm going to say you call an anthology based on the majority of the authors.
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From:delosd
Date:August 29th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
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The males squeezed out a bare majority in novels (which were all I counted) but interestingly enough, the three anthologies I read the last two months were all *edited* by women. I'm not sure I've seen enough anthologies lately in Fantasy/SF to spot a trend, but it seems that female anthology editors have become much more common.

Another interesting factoid is that the percentage seems to hold fairly steady. Sitting on my "waiting to be read" shelf are 32 books, 13 of which are by female authors, or 40%. (Of course, if we were talking not just SF/F, there's about another six by Janet Evanovich on the same shelf...)
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From:fledgist
Date:August 29th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
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I ignored the books by women that I've got but haven't started to read, and the books by women that I read for professional reasons (Susan Shirk, Michaeline Crichlow, Anita Waters). That does skew things a bit.
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From:boywhocantsayno
Date:August 29th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
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I see I'm not the only person who's read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies...
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From:_earthshine_
Date:August 29th, 2009 05:07 am (UTC)
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I was torn on the whole "self-identify" thing, but i figured i'd put what it says on my driver's license.

I don't read much (i'd like to, but i don't), but i also feel like your poll is geared toward fiction. Maybe that's assumed? Most of what i read is non-fiction.
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