Is the Future Still Orange?
I know this might be like kicking a wasps' nest but I have a genuine question. When I look at many of the best-sellers lists, at least half and often more than half, are by female authors. Not only that, but when I browse along the shelves in Waterstones I am led to conclude that female authors are doing pretty damned well...which I can only say is a good thing.
So why do we still need the Orange Prize? I thought positive discrimination was about redressing an imbalance. But surely, if the imbalance is not there, it is no longer positive discrimination but just plain discrimination in its most basic form.
To put this in context, I haven't carried out an empirical study to support what I've just said. I could never claim it to be fact. I'm simply going off what I can see. I do appreciate that there will be some people who have 'strong' views on the subject. My wish is not to wind anyone up. I simply think it's a discussion worth having.