VIDA have published statistics on the number of women being published and reviewed by the major (ie. high end) literary publications. They make for interesting viewing, and have prompted plenty of discussion online. Over at the Magma Blog, for example, Rob Mackenzie is asking whether literary publications are biased against women. Of course, Magma can ask this because they can happily publish their own statistics.
This fascination with figures is something I touched on in an earlier post. I’m not totally convinced that lists of figures and surveys technically achieve much – but I’m essentially getting sick trailing through them in the introductions of books on women’s poetry. I’d be far more interested to see the issues engaged with in TLS, Granta, Atlantic Monthly, Poetry and all the other magazines VIDA has shown to be failing women’s writing.