I really don’t have a lot to add to Jim Hines’ discussion of sexism and fantasy covers – I just want to draw your attention to it if you haven’t already seen them. Jim’s take on this (as with so many other things) is smart, funny, and empathic. (And I’m not seeing him at any cons soon, so I’m not just buttering his ego. Really.)
Part one: Sexism is Not About Your Ego
Wherein the “but that’s just the way it’s done” defense is busted into nothing.
Part two: Fantasy Covers: Doin’ it Right?
In which Jim (and his horde of commenters) point out that good (and even sexy) fantasy covers don’t have to objectify women at the same time. With pictures.
Good reading – go take a look.
(Also, this is fair warning to those of you who started reading this blog in the last month or so – the flash-fiction-a-day thing is not normal for me. I normally post a flash fiction a week, and the rest ranges over a wide slew of topics. We’ll probably be back to a more normal style of posting in the next week or two.)