So, the Spec Fic world is drawing up the battle lines again, as a bunch of anthologies are hitting the shelves with very little (or no) representation from people who are not A) white, B) male, and C) straight. The old “best is best, regardless of chromosomal pairings and sexual orientation” argument vs. “people who aren’t straight white men are writing incredible fiction, so where the hell is it?” one. I’ve always wondered something, and if you’ve got an opinion I’d love to hear it!
Some female authors have used male pen names to get published in a male dominated industry. With (some) publishers now much more aware of maintaining a better sexual balance on their Tables of Contents, is it acceptable for a male author to use a female pen name to “break in” as well? Why or why not?