Sexist Behavior? I think so. What do you think?
Here is the chronology of events. In the newsletter Women of Mystery Gay Tolti Kinman reviewed the anthology Somewhere in Crime by Central Coast Mystery Writers, Edited by Sue McGinty and Margaret Searles. Well, she actually reviewed 4/5th of the anthology, describing it as “Fifteen historical mysteries by three men and a dozen women.” She did not mention any of the men by name and reviewed only stories by women.
Somewhere in Crime. by Central Coast Mystery Writers, Edited by Sue McGinty and Margaret Searles
Fifteen historical mysteries by three men and a dozen women.
Victoria Heckman's two stories are "The Problem With Burlesque" and "Steamboat's Suit." In the former, Violet Strange, a new female P.I. in 1921 goes undercover in a theater in New York to find out who is causing 'incidents' that are affecting the business. (The character is named and based on one created by Anna Katherine Green in the 1900s.) Her employee comments that moving pictures are just a passing fad and won't affect burlesque.
The second story is set in 1952 Chicago from the POV of a fifteen-year-old girl who witnesses the disappearance of a bagman. She saw him dipping into the money he was collecting. Cement shoes!
Lori Hines' "The Yellow Rose" is set in 1932 where Camill and Barry find true love in their pagan beliefs. A supernatural experience.
Sue McGinty's story, "Uncertain Sanctuary," takes place in a lighthouse in California in 1939 near Hearst castle. The story is told through the eyes of sixteen-year-old Jewish refugee girl who suspects the keepers are Nazi spies. She is rescued in the nick of time by none other than Marion Davies.
Nan Mahon's "Perseverance" is in late 1860s in Georgia. A former Yankee officer is found dead, his past has caught up with him and a certain young lady has been revenged.
Gay Toltl Kinman's "Hidden Past" is set in 1882 Los Olivos, California, where two long-time residents are wary of a young man seeking to avenge his father's death which he witnessed as a young boy.
Molly Rae Doust's "Raiatea" is about a mermaid and a pirate. She promises him a better life if he signs a contract. Only one gets the better of the bargain. A nice twist ending.
Margaret Searles "Dago Red". The title refers primarily to the wine, but also to the nickname of a Second World War comrade. The buddies take different paths and some end up in a dead end.
K(Karen) M. Kavanagh's "Carpe Diem" is about two assassins who ply their trade during Queen Isabella's reign in Spain. Their 'cover' is a traveling acting troupe.
Susan Tuttle's "The Some When Murder" is set in the present and the past in Gorman, California, on the Grapevine route now snowed in. This time travel tale takes the P.I. back to 1886 where she finds a kidnapped victim.
Anne Schroeder's "Captain of the Rags" is from the POV of a homeless, troubled Viet Nam vet who sometimes thinks he is still there and still fighting. Superbly done. Scary stuff.
Eileen Dunbaugh's "Bal Masque" is in the 1850s when a rich, but wayward landowner, attempts to elope with the daughter of another landowner at a bal masque in Hudson Valley, New York.
All are beautifully written, with clever twists, and delightful to read.
Revenge Publishing 2011
My letter to Ms. Kinman:
May 11, 2012
Dear Gay Toltl Kinman,
When I read your review of Somewhere in Crime in Mysterious Women I was taken aback that your review covered only twelve of the fifteen writers. I don’t believe you lacked the space to review all the stories since you reviewed 4/5ths of the stories in your twenty-page newsletter. It appears to me that you excised my work and name as well as the names and work of other men because of our gender. I believe a reasonable description of that behavior is “sexist” and “dismissive.”
You were a contributor to the anthology. What if the situation was reversed? Would a review of only the three stories by men, which mentioned in passing there were an additional twelve stories written by women, have been a fair, complete review? Was your review fair and complete? The editors selected the fifteen stories from all the submissions they felt were the best. You chose to ignore their decision and to review only part of the book. Your excluding all the male writers, in my opinion, added nothing to the promotion of the women writers but was detriment to the male writers.
I believe there is an essential difference between promoting the work of women writers, which I personally support, and discounting the work of men writers.
I intend to blog about this and mention it in on-line discussion groups. Before I do, I would like to offer you the opportunity to explain or comment. I would like to include your comments in what I write. If you would please get back to me within one week that will help me present a more complete picture of your point of view.
sorry if you were offended. mysterious women is a newsletter that only reviews women mystery writers.
gay toltl kinman
So, What do you think?