Ok, I stole the title pun from Alice Cooper. Blame my attention seeking tendency. But now I have your interest, no I don’t mean that all men are illiterate and have never opened a book in their collective lives. It’s just that I can’t help but noticing that on all of the book related social sites I frequent, and literature related discussion boards, there seems to be a disproportionate percentage of women. Even book shop staff and librarians seem to be the domains of women.
This thought was triggered by a photo I was sent recently of a book club meeting attended by one of my writerly friends. Not a man or boy in sight. I did wonder if I’d been sent the wrong photo by mistake. Perhaps confused with a Tupperware party or Hen’s Night. But no. It was the book club.
After contemplating the photo, I did a quick check of my work related emails, Tweets, Facebook messages, subscribers and my registered book reviewer and book blogger lists. Phew. Yes I found some men, but by crickey, only a very few.
My last port of call during my investigation was Goodreads, which is probably the most popular book website on the internet and checked my friend listing. Oh dear me. Point proven.
Well, maybe not. I know I have friends who are definitely male and who also definitely read books. Probably in about the same proportion to the number of women I know personally who read.
So is this more a question about communication? An afternoon cuppa and a chat now takes place on social media instead of at the kitchen table?