They had the opportunity to include asexuality… you know, on the colour that represents asexuality… but instead they wrote ‘straight’. I spotted this poster at my local NHS walk-in centre. Very disappointing. Ace erasure and exclusion is exactly why days such as #InternationalAsexualityDay are important.
The manuscript I’m working on is becoming less and less like a romance, and more like a contemporary about healing/friendship/different types of love, with suspense and a romantic subplot. I’m really stuck on what to call it as I don’t like the term ‘women’s fiction’… Ideas? Here’s the mood board I made… Why don’t I like the term ‘Women’s Fiction’? Well, it doesn’t really tell you much about the genre. It seems kind of sexist, like women have to have their own classification especially for them, and there’s no genre for ‘men’s fiction’—which, to me, kind of implies that (almost all?) other genres are written primarily with men in mind, and all stories for women just get put into this one category? Like, it also means men likely won’t read women’s fiction for fear of being seen as feminine … so why class a whole genre of books as being just for women? What is it about them that mean men shouldn’t read them? Are these stories deemed too emotional and weak? Too trashy? I know romance