On the difficulty of being a woman writer

Well, speaking as a fella who is of North-West-Belfast stock, I can tell you what your mistake was: speed dating in Belfast. What is that, anyway? Like a bunch of people in wool looking at each other dourly for 10 minutes at a time? But I digress. This article is actually about hurdles women writers face.

…one of the big problems facing women writers is this: men aren’t brought up to be as sapiosexual as women. Ten years ago I went to a speed-dating event in Belfast where I told a succession of potential dates I was a writer and was met with a unanimous sense of disappointment. “I thought you might be a nurse,” one man said, his face falling.

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