Herewith the cover of Writers’ Chronicle for Jan/Feb, slugged “A Room Without Men,” and my letter to the editor regarding it published in the Mar/April issue.
Dear Editor: I am appalled by your latest cover (“A Room Without Men”) featuring women painting out a man’s face. What about A Room Without Blacks? Or a Room Without Whites? If your cover showed the reverse — men painting out a woman’s face — your headquarters would be attacked. This kind of exclusionary, anti-male propaganda helps no one and makes a mockery of the ideals of diversity and community toward which we the enlightened are supposedly striving. Diversity — make that life — includes men, even white men. An irritating state of affairs, but there it is.