By AMANDA FILIPACCHI
Published: April 24, 2013
... I belong to an e-mail group of published female writers called WOM (it stands for Word of Mouth). Some of the members are extremely well known. On Tuesday morning, when I made my discovery of this sexism on Wikipedia, I sent them an e-mail about it. I have since then been deluged with scandalized responses from these female authors. Word is spreading at a phenomenal rate, on Facebook and elsewhere.
What's going on?
... It appears that gradually, over time, editors have begun the process of moving women, one by one, alphabetically, from the “American Novelists” category to the “American Women Novelists” subcategory. So far, female authors whose last names begin with A or B have been most affected, although many others have, too.
I would presume the motivation for this would be for the convenience of English / Womyn's Studies majors and the like. (I could look it up on the Talk page, if I were interested enough.) It sounds like a bad idea, but one that my sources at Sexism Central tell me was not on their radar for implementation in the 2013 Protocols of the Elders of Patriarchy.
But this published female writer is sure it's a male plot to exclude women from American literary history:
The intention appears to be to create a list of “American Novelists” on Wikipedia that is made up almost entirely of men.
Or, then again, this op-ed could be a parody.