January 17th, 2010

History by sallymn

On Names

There's been quite a bit of debate on the internet, some of it originating in paper-based media, about female authors writing under 'male' pen-names. Most of the controversy surrounds the ethics of the authors in that group who write (exclusively) male/male romance/erotica. It does however raise a wider debate, regarding to what extent names can be used to accurately recognise gender or gender identity.

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As for me? Am I Stevie as in Stevie Nicks or as in Stevie Ray Vaughn? Do I present as one, but identify more closely with the other or with both/neither? Admittedly I spent my late teens and early twenties trying to copy the hairstyle of Steve James from the Dogs D'Amour (the girly one of the four), but these days I'm favouring short and spikey. Then again, perhaps if I had a fixed and constant gender identity, I'd understand what all the fuss is about.