I was going to write about something else. Heck, I wrote it, and was about to hit “publish”, and then some brilliant stupidity appeared that could not be ignored:
How moronic is this article? Wait, don’t answer, I’m going to tell you. It’s incredibly stupid and insulting, on several levels, but I’m going to focus on two.
One: The idea that women are alone in getting writing done because their husbands support them. Did I fall asleep and wake up in Mad Men or something? Are only men capable of having a “supporting” job? What about all the men who also write books? How does that work in Michael Kozlowski’s theory? Or does it not count because they don’t write romance?
Two: The idea that these women are “playing” at writing. Because they’re bored housewives with nothing better to do, or something? WHAT THE COSMIC FUCK IS THAT? Nobody writes books because they are “playing”, and certainly because there’s nothing better to do.
So let’s make a few things clear about my life, all right? I’ve got two books coming out with DAW next year, a thing I’ve mentioned a time or two, and do you know why that’s possible? Entirely, 100%, purely and absolutely because my wife has been there supporting us. We run a business together*, but she is the front-and-center part of that business. It could not exist without her. We would not succeed without her. And without her doing that, I couldn’t have written the books I sold. Pure and simple.
And playing at writing? Oh, dear lord. Again, I’ve got my wife supporting us. I don’t have to clock in anywhere form 8 to 5. But despite that, I still have to carve out time for writing. I have to make an active point of it. It’s not something that just “happens” because I’m bored, and to suggest that it is the case for ANYONE who is striving to make a living doing this is not only insulting, but insipid. Especially since Mr. Kozlowski would probably never dare to do such a thing to a male writer.
* Live the Language, Spanish Immersion for Children and adults.