Dear Haiku Maven, I know you have written on this subject before. But I believe my problem merits special attention. I am a well-known co-editor of a major online haiku journal. The other editor is a woman. We get many haiku submissions during each reading period. Sometimes one of us rejects a haiku with a thoughtful comment on how the haiku could be improved. In almost every case, we will get a comment or two in response from the submitter. My co-editor has pointed out to me that the more positive comments come from the women poets and the more negative comments come from the male poets. I have noticed one particular poet’s comments are sometimes nasty and insulting but don’t think that has anything to do with his gender. My co-editor says that if the poet’s name is gender neutral, she can predict with 100% accuracy the gender of the poet based solely on that poet’s response to our comments. I think this is a real gender myth. I’ve tried to discuss this with her but she won’t listen to reason. I have also checked in with one or two other male editors. Both told me they thought she was wrong. Is she?
Dear Haiku Co-Editor Haiku Maven has read comments to editors from some very thoughtful poets, from both men and women. However, in Haiku Maven’s galaxy, which is not very far away, the few comments that verge on the vitriolic have come only from male poets. It may be that there are some “nasty and insulting” comments to haiku editors from poets who happen to be women. But Haiku Maven has never read one.
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