I was asked to review a manucript for possible publication by a reputable university press in the South. There would be payment for my report. I could see from the table of contents that 90 per cent of the manuscript was dedicated to male writers. All of the women writers were lumped together in one short chapter in the back. Really, that told me all I needed to know about the book. I could never recommend a project like that, a throwback to 1950. Back o' the bus.
So what to do? I could read it, and give a detailed report that would arrive in the same place (No, this book does not have intellectual viability in the 21st century.) Or I could write a simple letter explaining my qualms, refusing any payment, and returning the manuscript.
It's Christmas and I could really use the money.
What would you do?
Causes Marilyn Kallet Supports
Southern Poverty Law Center, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, ACLU, Amnesty International, Save Darfur.