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Hit the Road — How a Forgettable Paper and a Misguided Publisher Created an Unnecessary Controversy

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Library of Congress Book Festival (for those of you in the greater D.C. area, this is on August 30, 2014)

Authors dress up as their favourite characters

“These are the 12 words with the largest difference in favour of men: codec (88, 48), solenoid (87, 54), golem (89, 56), mach (93, 63), humvee (88, 58), claymore (87, 58), scimitar (86, 58), kevlar (93, 65), paladin (93, 66), bolshevism (85, 60), biped (86, 61), dreadnought (90, 66). These are the 12 words with the largest difference in favour of women: taffeta (48, 87), tresses (61, 93), bottlebrush (58, 89), flouncy (55, 86), mascarpone (60, 90), decoupage (56, 86), progesterone (63, 92), wisteria (61, 89), taupe (66, 93), flouncing (67, 94), peony (70, 96), bodice (71, 96).”
Mach and mascarpone: testing how vocabulary is gendered (Except for codec, which I had to look up, I knew all these words. Okay, solenoid is something in the car that’s not very expensive to replace, but I’m solid on all the rest. Huh. Maybe it’s just my age.)

Women’s appetite for explicit crime fiction is no mystery

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