So Charlotte Wood has won the Stella Prize, an Australian prize of $50,000 which is exclusive to women. Her book, “The Natural Way of Things”, deals with misogyny etc. and domestic violence which are trendy topics.
I have to admit that a prize like that smacks of condescension and sexism and I wish that special offerings would not be made to women on account of their gender. A truly egalitarian society would not discriminate between male and female writers. But there you are.
It is sad that this is the way of things.
It reminds me of the complaint made by female tennis players who want the same prize money as men even though they only have to play up to three sets of tennis instead of five.
Is that fair? Is that equal?
Imagine if there were a special prize for male authors only.
We women will have come a long way when we no longer depend on special concessions for being female. Until that day comes not much has been achieved.