"What's wrong with the word 'chick lit'? It's just a label. Shorthand.
Maybe. Or maybe it's another way of putting women down."
Yes--we all know that the goal of everything is to put women down. Haven't you heard? There's a global conspiracy.
To begin with, the term "Dick lit" is crude. (The actual female equivalent would be "vagina lit"-- but let's not go there.)
There is, however, a more civilized equivalent term, "manfiction". And Stephen King, whose progressive credentials are well established, wrote an online essay about it a few years ago.