Kerryn Goldsworthy makes an interesting observation about the role of gender in the recent Quadrant hoaxing kerfuffle. The representation of women in literary journals, and how to increase the number of women writing for the magazine, especially writing on politics, has been a subject we’ve returned to year-in, year-out. Women are over-represented in creative writing courses yet often literary magazines end up with an atrocious balance (we’re not exempt). Curiously, I have heard that when pieces, articles, stories or poems are assessed blindly (without any names or information about gender), women tend to do much better at being selected, although I haven’t seen the studies. What about editorship of literary magazines? Sophie Cunningham leads Meanjin at the moment but the general trend, Overland included, is not pretty.