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Women Mock The Way Male Writers Portray Them
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Women Mock The Way Male Writers Portray Them

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Women from all over have been parodying the way male writers have been portraying them in literature.

Whit Reynolds, the podcaster, began the trend, who challenged her followers to compose descriptions of themselves in the style of a male writer.

The descriptions that Reynolds got back in response, exaggerate the frequent tendency of male authors to emphasise the physicality of female characters. 

Alot of the responses also address the way many women you are not perceived to be young and beautiful are cast aside as undesirable. "intimidating", "frightening" and "cranks".

@emmkayeff in response to @whitneyarner @kateleth

She was petite, exotic. Definitely Asian, but full Asian? What kind of Asian? I decided to approach her

@lydiakiesling

She had the quick compensatory mind of a woman who was not quite beautiful, but appeared so after a few drinks, when the light was just so, and the birdsong in the trees echoed across the chasm between her face and true beauty

It appears that the challenge has produced almost 2,000 comments that mock the basic writing cliches adopted by many male authors.

Quite a few women generated responses that scorned the representation of BAME women as "exotic".

A number of women wrote replies focusing on the representation of ethnic minority women as "exotic".

@LillyBethChungx Replying to @whitneyarner

[insert something about being mixed race and how that makes me petite and inherently submissive but juxtapose it with the idea of me being adorably aggressive and will stand up for myself. But make it sound endearing. ] 

@thetsarina

Despite her round face, the only thing sitting higher than her breasts were her cheek bones. Eastern European, no doubt. He approached her. "Where are you from?" "New Jersey" He smirked, and asked the question that would surely endear him to her forever. "No. Before that."

The flurry of parody tweets began as a response to a tweet by the young adult novelist Gwen C. Katz.

Katz openly criticises an author for belittling the #ownvoices campaign which exalts greater diversity among characters.

A lot of women used the call for parodies to mock the portrayal of older women in fiction.

The majority of these responses brought attention to the focus on the "sad" absence of youth, and the descriptions of older women as "maternal".

@lisasolod Replying to @whitneyarner @kateleth

When I looked at her I saw a woman who had once been beautiful. I could tell by gazing into her eyes that she, too, mourned for her lost youth and the promise her beauty afforded her. It makes me sad to see an older woman. They've nothing left.

@jaidspur Replying to @whitneyarner @kateleth

While she might have been a solid 7/10 in her youth, motherhood and middle-age had relegated her to the realm of the profoundly 5/10.

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