Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Why men win literary prizes
Geneticists working at the H.G. Wells Institute for Sex and Gender found that almost all prize-winning literature was written by males.
Professor Orlando Farber, from the Wells Institute, wrote that there is a "demonstrable genetic link between androgenic facial hair and literary ability."
Farber cited Ernest Hemingway (pictured, above left) as an example of "genius by genotype", superior in androgenic hair capacity and literary capacity.
Faber's research compared the achievements of superior writers like Hemingway to inferior writers in the more female categories of children's and young adult writing. Children's writer Roald Dahl (pictured, below left), for example, had no beard.
"Women have made great strides in politics, academia, the corporate world,' said the Professor, ''but they will never be gifted in literature, until they can grow a beard like Tolstoy. This isn't sexism. It's nature."