No gen­der bias please!

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I have a cou­ple of com­ments about is­sue 120. The edi­tion was ab­so­lutely amaz­ing – I love the di­ver­sity go­ing on. Sec­ond, a note on Char­lotte Ahlgren’s “in­equal­ity” com­ment. You asked what the read­ers think and I dis­agree with her (and if it mat­ters, I’m a fe­male). Imag­ineFX is an art mag­a­zine, not a gen­der-based mag­a­zine. It’s meant to show great work and amaz­ing re­sources, not be equal in gen­der. The gen­der of the artist makes no dif­fer­ence in the art, there­fore that’s not the as­pect Imag­ineFX should fo­cus on. You gave the proper re­sponse. She may be up­set about it and Imag­ineFX may lose her as a cus­tomer, but that’s just one per­son swim­ming in the pool of many who don’t care about what gen­der the artist is – just that the art is good! Na­dia Rausa, via email

More gen­der bias thoughts

I’m highly of­fended by Char­lotte Ahlgren’s let­ter in is­sue 120, es­pe­cially in her want­ing “a few goals about what per cent (of ei­ther gen­der) should al­ways be rep­re­sented”.

The pur­pose of Imag­ineFX is to pro­mote science fic­tion and fan­tasy art in terms of knowl­edge, tips and guides, prod­ucts, artist in­for­ma­tion, ris­ing stars and so forth, re­gard­less of their gen­der. Are a num­ber of the artists pre­dom­i­nantly male? Per­haps, but my pur­pose in read­ing the mag­a­zine is to gain knowl­edge and learn about prod­ucts, new artists and see new art – not to count how many artists in the mag­a­zine are male or fe­male.

Es­tab­lish­ing any sort of goal-based sys­tem on what per­cent­age of artists in any is­sue must be male or fe­male de­feats the pur­pose of the mag­a­zine and changes the fo­cus from one of dis­cussing the artist and their art to one of ‘ did we meet the gen­der quota for this is­sue?’ The art suf­fers and the in­for­ma­tion suf­fers as well. The artists fea­tured in each is­sue are there be­cause their art meets the mag­a­zine’s stan­dards.

July 2015

Three is­sues later, Char­lotte Ahlgren’s let­ter in is­sue 120 is still be­ing de­bated by read­ers.

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