Sis­ters act

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I read Char­lotte’s let­ter about per­ceived gen­der in­equal­ity in both your mag­a­zine and the art in­dus­try, in is­sue 120, with great in­ter­est. As a fe­male artist my­self, I would agree we of­ten seem to be un­der­rep­re­sented. Though I don’t think Imag­ineFX is guilty here. I’ve en­joyed ogling cap­ti­vat­ing art by the out­ra­geous Lora Zom­bie, the bril­liant Char­lie Bowa­ter and Rov­ina Cai in re­cent is­sues.

Could there be more fe­male artists in Imag­ineFX and else­where? Of course. But we could do more for our­selves, per­haps ac­tively seek­ing pro­mo­tion, in­stead of pas­sively re­ly­ing on oth­ers to do it for us.

I read re­cently that men are much more likely than women to ap­ply for jobs they don’t have the ex­pe­ri­ence for. At risk of gen­er­al­is­ing, men do seem to have more nat­u­ral con­fi­dence, a will­ing­ness to put them­selves for­ward.

Firstly, fe­male artists need to make out­stand­ing art, so good it sim­ply can­not be ig­nored. But we also need the courage to put our art for­ward, to pro­mote our­selves, be as good as men at it. If we’re do­ing those two things, there can be no ex­cuses from the me­dia and other plat­forms. Anony­mous, via email

Claire replies It’s al­ways in­ter­est­ing and valu­able to gain in­sight from within the in­dus­try, so thank you for shar­ing your views. What do other read­ers think about this – male and fe­male? Could fe­male artist pro­mote them­selves bet­ter? Has any­one ever felt dis­crim­i­nated against in the fan­tasy and sci-fi art in­dus­tries be­cause of their gen­der? Do read­ers want to read more about how to pro­mote them­selves as artists?

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