Amanda Filipacchi is an American feminist and novelist who has published three books. Her writing has been praised for its wit and humor, and Love Creeps made The Village Voice's top 25 books of the year in 2005. Imagine Filipacchi's surprise when she noticed that Wikipedia's "List of American novelists" page was slowly moving women into their own separate category, titled "American women novelists." The author read a note at the top of the article that explained the list was too long as only American novelists, and needed to be divvied up into subcategories. Classic, widely acclaimed authors like Harper Lee, Amy Tan, Anne Rice, and tons more were moved into this page while every dude who's put pen to paper got to be in the good ol' "American novelists" article.
After Filipacchi wrote an op-ed article for the New York Times about her observations, a Wiki-editing war was unleashed. In the opinion piece, she’d proposed a subcategory for “American men novelists,” and shortly thereafter, a page of the same name appeared on Wikipedia. Then editors began to erase as much as possible from Filipacchi’s Wikipedia page itself, deleting links to outside sources. They took out the link to her New York Times article and added a banner stating that the page needed “additional citations for verifications.” Despite someone else’s attempt to replace the information on Filipacchi’s page, the Wikipedia editors quickly removed it again. Guess Wikipedia didn’t like being called out on their bullshit.
The novelist is back in the American novelists category as of now. Great job, Wikipedia, for realizing how stupid and sexist that was. Now if you could work on ridding your ‘pedia of articles like “List of all-female bands” or maybe “List of lists of women,” we might be getting somewhere. (In case you’re wondering, there’s no “List of lists of men.” Big surprise.)
Source: New York Times
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