It appears that gradually, over time, editors have begun the process of moving women, one by one, alphabetically, from the “American Novelists” category to the “American Women Novelists” subcategory. So far, female authors whose last names begin with A or B have been most affected, although many others have, too.
This isn’t a Wikipedia problem. It’s an everything problem. Women are always being filed away as “other”. There are binders full of them.
The good news is that Wikipedia is relatively easy to fix. Keep an eye out for this nonsense. If you see something, say something. Or just edit the damn wiki and fix it yourself.
And then move back over to the everything problem.
As far as I can tell, this is not actually happening. In the last month a great many American women from the List of Women Writers have been added to the list of American writers. But that’s different. Adding != subtracting.
Update: I missed the “category” part. I wasn’t reading closely. But the Times is still absurdly tone deaf. There does appear to be a move to break up the monolithic “American Novelists” category. Someone has also started a American Chicano novelists sub-category. Someone proposed a general “ethnic” category, but it doesn’t look like that went anywhere. There is also now an American male novelists category. I’m guessing that is new. Wikipedia reflects us, and it is handy to have a reminder from time to time that for a lot of us, heterosexual white men are the norm. Anyone else is an exception. I don’t see a “American gay novelists” sub-category, though “gay novelists” curiously redirects to “gay novels.” Not the same thing.
Anyway. I’m a little embarrassed for Fillipacchi, and reminded that a whole lot of people still don’t understand about anarchy, community and process. Or the internet.