Besides. . .

You will never be able to write nuanced, complex and different female characters if you believe that all women are the same and all are the men’s Other.

9 thoughts on “Besides. . .

  1. I like how the author says that female authors never get asked how to write strong female characters. ‘Cause there’s a heck of a lot of female authors who have that in the FAQ section on their websites. Most of them say something along the lines of: write people, not men and women.


    1. “Most of them say something along the lines of: write people, not men and women.”

      – That’s exactly what I think. I’m not a writer but, as a literary critic, I think this is the best advice.


  2. I think it’s important to recognize that women have the full range of human emotions. Even if their situations are circumscribed by systems of control, they will still feel anger, sadness, frustration — etc. They will have negative emotions, as well as positive ones, because they are human.


  3. Damn, I have a post coming up for which you will slaughter me. It tries to show precisely how female experiences are different than men’s. Of course, it talks of a very specific sociocultural experience, so perhaps I’m safe yet.

    Lovely to be back, Clarissa. And thank you for linking to the post about the wannabe father of my child the other day 🙂


      1. Thank you 🙂 I’m looking forward to being back.

        How do you get the ‘like’ ‘dislike’ ‘rate this’ thingies for the comments, btw? Is it a new widget?


  4. Good to have you back, Rimi!
    Also, this reminds me of a quote by Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy, when he was asked why he created so many -quote unquote- “strong female characters” in his work. His response? “Because you are still asking me that question”.


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