men writing female characters

Robert Jackson Bennet, a sci fi author, writes about how male writers can go through life without learning to write female characters, because the patriarchy. (It’s easy to go through life as a dude and not view women as equals and never have a problem because of it or ever be called out on it.)

He references this nice Junot Diaz quote:

If you’re a boy writer, it’s a simple rule: you’ve gotta get used to the fact that you suck at writing women and that the worst women writer can write a better man than the best male writer can write a good woman. And it’s just the minimum. Because the thing about the sort of heteronormative masculine privilege, whether it’s in Santo Domingo, or the United States, is you grow up your entire life being told that women aren’t human beings, and that women have no independent subjectivity. And because you grow up with this, it’s this huge surprise when you go to college and realize that, “Oh, women aren’t people who does my shit and fucks me.”

(the quote, in full, is here.)

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