What if you lack the ‘penis requirement’ to pen one of the best books of 2009?

As reported at She Writes, Publishers’ Weekly published its “Best Books of 2009” list on November 2nd. Guess what? It included 0% women authors. Yeah, cuz we all know a penis is defo required for quality writing… Gag.

The post included a call to action to submit lists for the Top Ten Best Books of 2009.

So, here’s my top ten list from ’09 (in no particular order and with not one penis-privileged author):

The Help, Kathryn Stockett

The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession With Purity is Hurting Young Women, Jessica Valenti

The Curse of the Good Girl, Rachel Simmons

The Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood

Half Broke Horses, Jeanette Walls

When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, Gail Collins

The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood, Helene Cooper

The Littler Stranger, Sarah Waters

The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Woman Serving in Iraq, Helen Benedict

Men and Feminism, Shira Tarrant


3 thoughts on “What if you lack the ‘penis requirement’ to pen one of the best books of 2009?”

  1. What a great post — thank you so much for sharing this list with all of us. I have Gail Collins’ and Jessica Valenti’s books on my nighttable, ready to roll as soon as I finish reading all the National Book Award Fiction Nominees (in the spirit of inquiry/protest that not one of the winners this year was without a penis!), starting with Lark and Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips. Did you read that? Join the group if you want to read with me! So glad you are on She Writes.

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