Broaden the talent base
I was deeply upset by your response to the reader, Charlotte Ahlgren. I, too, had noticed that more male artists than female are consistently represented – though that’s so standard, no matter where you look, that I took it for granted. She had a valid point, and I was appalled at the dismissive response that was tantamount to: “We go by talent, so maybe the male artists are just better?” That might not be what you intended, but that was the undeniable subtext. And this is indicative of exactly the kind of attitude that promotes and supports inequality in these industries.
In answer to your answer, couldn’t that be exactly the mindset that discourages female art students from pursuing these careers? I agree with Charlotte that ImagineFX should be seeking to broaden the talent base (isn’t that the whole point?), rather than restrict it by catering to a narrow band of predominantly male artists and readers.
And as a side note, whenever you’re ready to do that all-female issue, consider me eager to be chosen as a contributor. Melissa, via email Claire replies Melissa, in no way did I say that male artists are better, so for you to imply that I am sexist has greatly upset me. Both you, I and all women not only operate in a male-dominated industry, but a maledominated world. I’m not happy that there is inequality in any industry. However, I do believe that my editorship at ImagineFX can go towards redressing the balance. Even the simple fact that we’re having this debate will have a positive impact.