Wow. You have to love the comment “Whereas the best writers tend to wrestle against convention, to push out, innovate, conquer and claim new territory (think of Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina), women tend to nest in, and speak from the conventions of their time (Jane Erye, Middlemarch, current chick-lit)”. It just sort of leaves me mentally spluttering and not knowing what to say first.
I think you’re right in that it’s a sign that the feminine is devalued. And I suspect genre might be different, but maybe that’s just because a lot of successful female fantast, SF or crime writers are springing to mind.
I don’t know any young males at the moment so can’t answer your question, sorry 🙂 I just wanted to say thanks for the interesting link! I missed it in Colleen’s post.