September 20th, 2017

What word would you call it...sexism?

Why does every male that asks about it assume the book I am reading is a romance, or "luuuv book" as the last one said with a bit of a leer in the voice?  Then, when I say, "No, it is actually literature (or a classic or whatever I am actually reading that is highly unlikely to be romance as I really dislike the genre)", they look at me like I have grown an extra head and they are disappointed.  Are we still so stunted?  Will it ever change?  I am reading a collection of novellas by Henry James, btw, (among many others) and while there are elements of romance in some of his stories, that is generally not his primary theme...more class and social structure and, ironically, sometimes the treatment of women within those social constrictions.