I have been pointed to a Facebook post by Michael A Rothman [https://www.facebook.com/MARothman/posts/10214313481126974 <- let me know if that works as I don’t Bookface]. For those saying ‘who?’ you may remember Mr Rothman from Brad Torgersen’s post 2015 Hugo Debarkle reactions, where Brad chastised everybody who voted against Brad’s wishes because it made Mr Rothman’s kids sad [No seriously: https://bradrtorgersen.wordpress.com/2015/08/23/nothing-more-need-be-said/ ]
Anyway, the trauma of that night in Spokane lingers on and Michael Rothman has a post up about the Hugo Awards. It’s one of the few ex-Sad Puppy reactions to the 2019 Hugo Awards but in the comments there’s old favourites like Dave Freer and Brad himself.
So a couple of thing. First Michael is upset that Jeannette Ng called John Campbell a fascist. He doesn’t get into why he thinks Campbell wasn’t a fascist but apparently it is a terrible thing to say about him.
The other thing that’s upsetting Michael is the gender disparity in this year’s Hugo awards:
Since there are many ways to slice this whole diversity thing up, I decided to do it in the least controversial and most unbiased way possible. Limit the analysis to Male/Female – that one’s easy.
Global demographics stipulate that the Male/Female ratios should be roughly 50-50.
In summary, there were 8 professional writing categories
Of the Winners: Males won: 0/8, Females won: 8/8
Gender diversity is 0%
But don’t be shocked. This is the THIRD year in a row.”
Powerful stuff! Of course, over the whole history of the Hugo Awards the disparity still leans the other way but I guess it’s recent history that worries Michael.
Any way, Michael is also a big fan of the Dragon Awards. Well, here’s a thought… of the 41 people who have won a Dragon Award for the last three (16,17 & 18 as 19 hasn’t finished yet) which coincidentally is the whole life of the award, what is the gender split (assuming a binary division for counting purposes):
Of the winners: Men won 35/41, Women won: 6/41
That’s an 85%-15% split.
But don’t be shocked. That’s the whole life of the award so far.
To be fair, the gender split in the nominees is better this year but isn’t it just fascinating WHICH gender disparity worries Mr Rothman and which one doesn’t?