February 14th, 2012

Fishy Circumstances

Progressivist sf history

Someone optimistically chirped at me, online, that more women than ever are involved in sf now!

I'm quite willing to believe that more women are *visibly* involved in aspects, especially higher-status aspects, of sf than before, where "sf" includes not only authors, but also editors, publishers, translators, illustrators, critics, reviewers, scholars, convention organizers, magazine editors and authors, and fans, among others.

But I'm reflexively hesitant to believe we now necessarily live in the best of all possible worlds moment when the most women are involved in "sf" in one way or another, the implicit result of progressivist developments.

Even if the early decades may look initially unpromising (but how involved were their partners/wives/daughters?), how was the wider community doing in the '90s? The '80s? The '70s?