This woman nailed how badly male authors write female characters and everyone else joined in
A lot has changed since the invention of the printing press around 600 years ago.
But one thing hasn’t – men’s inability to write a convincing female character – which we were reminded of after someone called Lucy Huber said this on Twitter.
Men writing women characters: She was beautiful but didn’t know it. She was 5’7 and 101 pounds. Her feet were size 3. Her hat size was Infant. She’d never thrown up, even once. Her periods lasted 45 minutes. Her top was see-through.
— Lucy Huber (@clhubes) February 17, 2019
And it turned out it rang true with people – a lot of people – who shared their own ideas on how men write about women.
A very revealing and entertaining read it was too.
"She seemed sad. But a sexy kind of sad. A deep, sexy sadness. A mysterious sexy sadness, one i could never understand, bc I will never ask about it. Bc then it will not be sexy.
Uh, Basically she's like a wounded deer that I'm sexually attracted to. Is that sad? ….No."
— laurie b.dufrane (@officesubmarine) February 17, 2019
when she cried it was a single shimmering tear, no redness, no puffiness. she never got angry. everyone loved her. she drank her tea with two sugars and never went to the gym but is toned, wore a size 2. never grew pubic hair. never had acne. never got sick.
— daenerys targaryen’s frontal (@_tammeraa) February 17, 2019
She looks into the mirror. Sigh. No she’s not a beauty – her eyes too large and blue, her lips too full and pink. She knows her skin is too golden, as though it’s lit from within. Oh well – she tosses her heavy shimmering hair, smooths her too small tank top and turns away.
— csckirk (@csckirk) February 18, 2019
She was the right amount of crazy. Her hair was a shade darker than the normal blonde which really complimented her blue eyes. She never wore a lot of make up, but just enough to highlight her features. She had a really mysterious smile. A smile that hid many dark secrets.
— Swetha (@rantassaurus) February 18, 2019
— Jonathan Gould (@JonThePenguin) February 18, 2019
She’s a size zero, but she loves to eat burgers and fries.
— Kate Tuttle (@katekilla) February 18, 2019
She didn’t speak much but he knew everything about her that was important (her physical appearance) she laughed at something he said, so he knew she responded to witty repartee. It must have been witty, he said something and she laughed which made her really perceptive and smart.
— Ann Burke (@annieebee192) February 18, 2019
Her endearing energy never ceased for she could run along the beach for hours at a time. Her hair was shiny and her nose was wet. She was also a puppy.
— Jess O'Neill (@IAmJessONeill) February 17, 2019
She was just the right amount of whimsical. She’d had one or two boyfriends, but no more. She wasn’t interested in buying shoes, and certainly didn’t fancy conventionally attractive men – in fact, what she really dreamed of was someone who looked strikingly like the author…
— consistently falconer (@falconermusic) February 17, 2019
Her shoulders were sloping in a perfect triangle above her tiny waist, but would NEVER be described as broad. Her teeth were blue-white and very small.
— Caitlin Kunkel (@KunkelTron) February 17, 2019
She was irresistible attracted to middle aged writers. She wore skin tight jeans with no pockets but still doesn't carry a bag
— Simon (@PerturbSecular) February 17, 2019
She always tastes like honey, even though she’s been sweating all day. Oh wait. She doesn’t sweat.
— MP ⚾️ (@MPinMidwest) February 18, 2019
She had worked hard to get where she was but often wondered if it was all worth it because without a man what's the point?
She's impossibly beautiful, so much so she can't help but describe herself in detail when she looks in the mirror
— Wynter M. (@WynterMac1) February 17, 2019
She was clumsy though. That was her one, acceptable, flaw.
— Chasing Amy (@AimingRightAtU) February 18, 2019
Lucy later said this in response to men who took issue with her original tweet.
A lot of men in my mentions getting mad and saying that a similar joke/thread could be made for women writing male characters. I don’t not believe you necessarily, but so far nobody has produced a good one so ♀️
— Lucy Huber (@clhubes) February 18, 2019