Gabriela Mistral, the only woman in the Hispanic world to receive the Nobel Prize in literature, sometimes, in private correspondence, used masculine adjectives to refer to herself. Just like many female writers who wrote under male names in pre-feminist times.
That her poetry is deeply female and feminist is clear from even the most superficial reading. Mistral was a lesbian, which, in my opinion, doesn’t make her any less of a woman. Which is something I constantly point out to students who refer to Mistral as Gabriel (and to Emilia Pardo Bazán as Emilio and he).
But do you know what I discovered at the MLA? From an Anglo professor, obviously. That Mistral wasn’t a woman. Because of that couple of male adjectives in private amorous correspondence.
So now there’s no female winner of the Nobel Literature Prize from the Hispanic world. What a win for feminism. And what a win for gay people.