“That women writers who have stood the test of time were hypocritically criticized…just goes to show that it really doesn’t matter how good you are. So, in one of those irritating paradoxes that is Being a Woman in the World Today, the only way to win is to try to leverage those arguments to your advantage. Are these attitudes sexist and irritating? Yes. Does that mean you have to give up? Well, no.
~ Michelle Dean, “How to Win at the Women’s Memoir Game,” The Cut, New York Magazine, April 17, 2013
This is a smart and savvy article that every woman who’s ever attempted what is sometimes known as “confessional” non-fiction should read.