Making a character in a book seem realistic and interesting is no easy task. It’s not down to just your skills as a writer, though. You actually have to know a bit about who you’re writing about. In other words—do your research. Unfortunately, there are some male writers out there who seem to have major problems writing female characters and seem shy about asking their female friends for advice.

That’s where the ‘Men Write Women’ Twitter page comes in. It documents the scariest and most cringe-worthy examples of men writing about women without having any idea about them or their anatomy. Scroll down and read for yourselves, dear Pandas, because some of these examples have to be seen to be believed—that’s how unreal they are. Remember to upvote the best of the worst.

The project was started back in 2019 when Meghan Vondriska launched her version of the ‘Men Writing Women’ Reddit community. Now, the ‘Men Write Women’ Twitter page has 63k followers and there are 666 fans who follow their Instagram page. Very spooky and perfect for Halloween. "Women just want to be written as human. That's it. There isn't some wild scientific equation to writing women, and it isn't difficult. Write them as human, with complex feelings, not as body parts that happen to be put together into a feminine form," Vondriska told Bored Panda.

More info: Twitter | Instagram | MegVondriska.com

#1

This Is The Best One Yet

This Is The Best One Yet

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Stephanie Did It
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6 months ago

Lord of the Toilet Rings

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#2

We Don’t Get Real Pockets In Pants Because We Have Tiny Purses In Our Vaginas!!! (Stuart Woods, Desperate Measures)

We Don’t Get Real Pockets In Pants Because We Have Tiny Purses In Our Vaginas!!! (Stuart Woods, Desperate Measures)

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Vincent Philippart
Community Member
6 months ago

Is that possible? (Don't judge. I don't do vaginas, so they're a bit of mystery to me)

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"3 And A Half Milliboobs Per Handful"

"3 And A Half Milliboobs Per Handful"

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Samantha Lomb
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6 months ago

hahaha omg. Miliboobs

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"I'm an avid reader, but the straw that broke the camel's back was a novel my boyfriend lent me, where the female character was described by her breasts and the male character was described by his personality. Working in advertising, I tend to be Very Online, and so taking my anger to Twitter seemed like a natural parallel. I was familiar with the Men Writing Women subreddit, but created a Twitter account in order to craft a consistent narrative and to build a community that wasn't hidden behind anonymity," Vondriska revealed what inspired her to create 'Men Write Women.'

Vondriska, from Wisconsin, devours 3 to 5 books each week. (Meanwhile, our piles of started-but-unfinished books keep on growing.)

According to the founder of the 'Men Write Women' Twitter page, a lot of male writers who tend to be thought of as the "founders of the literary canon" are continuous offenders. "John Updike, for instance. But the greatest repeat offender is definitely Stephen King. His portrayal of his female characters is honestly offensive," Vondriska said.

#4

Yes, Men Would Be Amaaazing At Handling Pregnancy - Evolution Really Screwed This One Up. Bonus Points For “No Woman Gets Raped Unless She’s Looking For It.”

Yes, Men Would Be Amaaazing At Handling Pregnancy - Evolution Really Screwed This One Up. Bonus Points For “No Woman Gets Raped Unless She’s Looking For It.”

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Samantha Lomb
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6 months ago

I feel like this idiot may also be a sitting member of Congress. https://time.com/3001785/todd-akin-legitimate-rape-msnbc-child-of-rape/

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#5

Well Damn, Where Are All My Kids Then??

Well Damn, Where Are All My Kids Then??

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh someone needs to tell this person men also get stretch marks and they are not ll from having kids. weightloss or gain does it too

Neva Nevičica
Community Member
6 months ago

Hush, woman, listen to the expert, he knows :D

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Angela Turrall
Community Member
6 months ago

But did she have a tiny purse in her vagina? Just big enough for her drivers license?

Bacony Cakes
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6 months ago

watch out if it flys out of her body when she gets on a train going above 40 mph

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🌺🍍🌼🌻🌼🍍🌺
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6 months ago

"not the kind of woman who would be trafficked" F**K YOU, WHOEVER WROTE THIS

Enea
Community Member
6 months ago

It's your typical 'too ugly to be raped' misogynist statement, assuming that crimes against women are women's faults. There's a famous politician who argues like that a lot.

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
6 months ago

I'll have to ask my boyfriend where he's been hiding his children.

Kalpana M
Community Member
6 months ago

Post weight loss, growing taller, reduction in any fat - all cause stretch marks. How judgmental. Did somebody tell the idiot even an 80 yr old woman can get kidnapped n molested? It has nothing 2 do with the age, clothes and sex of the victims. It's perverted minds of the r**ists.

Daniel (ShadowDrakken)
Community Member
6 months ago

Sorry to say, but having children, being overweight, stretch marks, etc doesn't do a damn thing to prevent sex trafficking. All those scum need is to see a vulnerable girl or woman and the opportunity to coerce them.

Tabitha L
Community Member
6 months ago

Exactly. So well put.

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Nic Dudley
Community Member
6 months ago

I had stretch marks on my boobs and hips when I was 12...so do I have a 24 year old kid I do not know about...should I put out a missing ad on a milk carton or is it too late?

Tabitha L
Community Member
6 months ago

The baby probably fell out of your vagina when you were getting your purse and keys out in middle school. You should start retracing your steps to see where you lost it.

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Hafida
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6 months ago

I stoped reading by the comment “ in her thirties, not all that young”. I guess I am too old to read his bullshit.

KT Pinto
Community Member
6 months ago

This doesn't make the author an misogynist; it makes said person an idiot. No detectives would talk like this.

Purr·maid
Community Member
6 months ago

Not all that young...in her thirties!!??

Patrick O'Harris
Community Member
6 months ago

I have a s**t ton load of strech marks. Does that mean I was pregnant? DAMN WHERE IS MY F*****G CHILD!?

Amy Pattie
Community Member
6 months ago

My husband has stretch marks and I’m very disappointed by his lack of children

Blue
Community Member
6 months ago

Not the type that usually gets trafficked. Tell that to the thousands of woman in their 30ties with children who are tricked into the sex trade every year.

Ashley Conover
Community Member
6 months ago

Never had a kid and I have them. Men have them too.

JD Lee
Community Member
6 months ago

So by that logic am I to assume I’ve seen men who, at some point, have given birth?

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
6 months ago

Wow. This author needs some serious slapping.

Hufflepuff
Community Member
5 months ago

I'm still in high school and I have stretch marks

Julianne Hannes
Community Member
5 months ago

This dude is a nonce

Thelema Aba
Community Member
5 months ago

I've seen plenty of men with stretch marks. Go figure!!

CatWoman312
Community Member
6 months ago

No kids multiple stretch marks here. My weight yo-yos. He shouldn’t have dropped out of biology

Rachel Waller
Community Member
6 months ago

Love how it doesn't occur to this f*****t that, even if the stretchmarks thing was accurate, getting trafficked BEFOREHAND is a very possible reason she would have become pregnant!

Dogo the Dog
Community Member
6 months ago

I have stretch marks and no children... so...

pusheen buttercup
Community Member
6 months ago

A very large percentage of stretch marks come from weight fluctuation or puberty. XD unfortunately... -__-

Layla Corman
Community Member
6 months ago

I had stretch marks on my butt when I was in 8th grade. I wasn't heavy at that time either. What an idiot!

Evripidou Maria
Community Member
6 months ago

according to my stretch masks, I must have had a couple of kids sometime in the past and never realized it

M Kate McCulloch
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6 months ago

Yeah the stretch marks on my husbands legs have got to be from my pregnancy...

Elizabeth Guiles
Community Member
6 months ago

Idiot

Debby Bright
Community Member
6 months ago

What, Sherlock Holmes here?

Belle Bell
Community Member
6 months ago

hell, basic GROWTH OF THE HUMAN BODY can cause stretch marks 🙄

Patrick Ryan
Community Member
3 minutes ago

no sir i have stretch marks and i'm not even a woman

Michael Beswick
Community Member
1 day ago

That's not a completely unreasonable assumption

angie but who cares
Community Member
3 weeks ago

i had stretch marks when i was ten wtf

Ethan Collard
Community Member
1 month ago

i have stretch marks. im a 14 year old boy.

Miraculous Klutz
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2 months ago

Bruh. My hips and thighs have stretch marks. We’re my legs pregnant?

Fara Giganti
Community Member
2 months ago

i lost a dangerous amount of weight and yeah i had stretch marks. i was 12

Zet
Community Member
2 months ago

yeah sure as if women that had children do not get trafficked.. oh sweet summer child such a misogynistic and naive man.

Deep
Community Member
3 months ago

I've had four and some were kept in my arms

The weird one!
Community Member
3 months ago

my brother saw this and said welp i have no kids wheres my kids 😂

Leila Noury
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3 months ago

hMMMMmmMMmMMM

Rhylie W.
Community Member
3 months ago

(facepalm)

Miyah Laliberte
Community Member
5 months ago

uh i have them im a teen

Syra ‍‍
Community Member
5 months ago

If that means that you have children then I am a REALLY bad mom....

ᑭIᗰᑭᒪE ᖴᗩᑕE
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

I'm literally 14 years old and I have stretch marks. I am not fat either. Stretch marks are simply just the result of your skin being pulled as you grow. Any woman of any age and weight can get stretch marks regardless if she's had children or not. People with this mindset are pathetic.

Lillian Castellow
Community Member
5 months ago

ummm i got stretch marks at 11 before I got my period because my arms and legs were growing so fast

Aidan Garza
Community Member
6 months ago

WUT THE

Gabriella Peach
Community Member
6 months ago

*me looks at my stretch marks* "...Maybe I'm a mom?"

Hannah Evans
Community Member
6 months ago

I had stretch marks at 18 from growing fast. I can assure you my baby didn't contribute until I was 21

Nicole Tomme
Community Member
6 months ago

She wears a wig and it is the stretch marks they are using to determine if she is a victim of trafficking?! Neither is pertinent but the wig is actually a clue.

Lydia Coy
Community Member
6 months ago

I have stretch marks im 13 bitch

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
6 months ago

Wow! Stretch Marks prevent human traffic!

Lisa Tetlow
Community Member
6 months ago

Stretch marks are caused by fluctuations in weight, not necessarily by pregnancy....doi.

May Be
Community Member
6 months ago

What about the wig? What does it have to do with sex trafficking?

Phoenix Shadowhunter
Community Member
6 months ago

My dad has stretch marks...

Jane Dorothy Warner
Community Member
6 months ago

When I went to the family planning clinic before my marriage back in 1973, the nurse there asked how many children I had because of my stretch marks!

Adrienne Wolf
Community Member
6 months ago

I got stretch marks and no babies!

Farzana Essop
Community Member
6 months ago

Wtf...even men get stretch marks

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
6 months ago

EH.. is that about a mannequin.. the solid plaster ones?

Gerry Higgins
Community Member
6 months ago

Where was this wig, exactly ?

Elida Lechuga
Community Member
6 months ago

I got stretch marks on my knees when I was 5. I wonder what the author would make out of that.

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
6 months ago

I second that question, where are my kids??

Sharon Collier
Community Member
6 months ago

I had 3 kids. I didn't get stretch marks.

Helene Schaufelberger
Community Member
6 months ago

Same here. Three kids and no stretch marks...

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Iulia stratulat
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6 months ago

Or simply growing up fast?!

Animal lover❤
Community Member
6 months ago

Thank god that doesn't mean children, I had them when I had my first growth spurt.

Quazmodic
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

The main thing wrong with this, is that it contains elements of non politically correct unpleasant truth, which of course, is simply not tolerated anymore in our enlightened society.

Rachel Waller
Community Member
6 months ago

Please go and look up literally any information about human trafficking or biology.

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6 months ago

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It's the character in the book, not the author, who believes that. But that shows how dumb the people in comment sections and on twitter are.

Rachel Waller
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6 months ago

When the author portrays the character as being correct in his assumptions, we can tell it is the author who believes it.

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#6

Let's Not Forget This Gem Either

Let's Not Forget This Gem Either

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Stephanie Did It
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6 months ago (edited)

Just imagine the reverse: "every hair in my beard becoming a tiny penis"

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However, it isn't all doom and gloom in the literary world. There are male writers who can write women well, too. "Terry Pratchett is wonderful, and I've yet to see a submission from Michael Crichton," Vondriska shared that she, like many of us, is a Pratchett fan.

Vondriska also pointed out that, in her opinion, the best writers are well-read. So she encouraged all of us to read more and (most importantly) read more widely.

"Pay attention to what you're reading, and who you're reading. You have to make sure your bookshelf isn't made up of just men. Add in some spice—some female authors, some nonbinary authors, authors of color. And lastly, just because you were assigned a book in high school, doesn't mean its good!"

#7

Ugly Women Without Good Personalities Should Kill Themselves [rivers Of London By Ben Aaronovitch]

Ugly Women Without Good Personalities Should Kill Themselves [rivers Of London By Ben Aaronovitch]

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Vincent Philippart
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Jesus...

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#8

This Made My Breasts Frown

This Made My Breasts Frown

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Rowlie
Community Member
6 months ago

Lately my breasts only cry and sigh deeply. I miss all the smiling

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#9

That's Not How Any Of This Works

That's Not How Any Of This Works

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
6 months ago

HAHAHAHAHA

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#10

Unsurprisingly, The Book's Terrible Writing From A "Proclaimed" Writer Does Not End Here (The Wedding Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides)

Unsurprisingly, The Book's Terrible Writing From A "Proclaimed" Writer Does Not End Here (The Wedding Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides)

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
6 months ago

Boobs are testicles. They don't "withdraw" because there is muscle and a rib cage underneath and they are just mounds of fat and milk producing tissue. I feel like so many people here did not pay attention in health class. How can they be so clueless about the female body?

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#11

Male Authors Writing Women Are Actually Just Horror Stories And Here's Why

Male Authors Writing Women Are Actually Just Horror Stories And Here's Why

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Vincent Philippart
Community Member
6 months ago

She was "probably" molested?? How does that work?

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#12

Ah Yes, Exactly How I'd Describe Myself (The Diamond Age, Neal Stephenson)

Ah Yes, Exactly How I'd Describe Myself (The Diamond Age, Neal Stephenson)

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Theodore Theodora
Community Member
6 months ago

Woman: "I'm SO HOT omg." Dude: "Just like my dead wife." What?!

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#13

I'm Sorry, Her Breasts Do What

I'm Sorry, Her Breasts Do What

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
6 months ago

I've had more bras ripped to pieces that way

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#14

She's Eleven And Scared But Let's Talk About Her Nipples

She's Eleven And Scared But Let's Talk About Her Nipples

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Rowlie
Community Member
6 months ago

Stranger danger

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#15

This Whole Book Has Both My Eyes And My Boobs Rolling.

This Whole Book Has Both My Eyes And My Boobs Rolling.

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Squee
Community Member
6 months ago

H-how would you even...?

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#16

Be Horrified With The Rest Of Us

Be Horrified With The Rest Of Us

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
6 months ago

Men like Conde should not be surprised that sexy women love other women, and he really should try to help that male chauvinism.

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#17

Breasts Totally Get Scared

Breasts Totally Get Scared

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
6 months ago

My breasts are embarrassed by this.

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#18

The Count Of Monte Cristo- 1884

The Count Of Monte Cristo- 1884

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
6 months ago

Poor old lady. :-D

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#19

Plz Put This On My Tombstone #submission (The Dogs, Scott Smith)

Plz Put This On My Tombstone #submission (The Dogs, Scott Smith)

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
6 months ago

Barbie doesn't have a vagina. Would anyone describe a man as " Bob- sweet, green eyed bob, with his short red hair, his musky skin and his Ken doll penis"?

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#20

*me To My Friend* Excuse Me, May I Please Borrow Your Eyeballs?

*me To My Friend* Excuse Me, May I Please Borrow Your Eyeballs?

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Bacony Cakes
Community Member
6 months ago

*brandishes ice cream scoop* Your eyeballs, please.

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#21

She Was Flesh And Blood, Not The 2D Woman He Was Used To Objectifying On Television, And For That She Was All The More Special (A Time On Earth, Vihelm Moberg)

She Was Flesh And Blood, Not The 2D Woman He Was Used To Objectifying On Television, And For That She Was All The More Special (A Time On Earth, Vihelm Moberg)

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
6 months ago

But no head, brain or mouth. How convenient!

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#22

Literally No Woman Would Ever Do This (Misterioso, Arne Dahl)

Literally No Woman Would Ever Do This (Misterioso, Arne Dahl)

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
6 months ago

Well she might if she wants him to go away. And since it appears he is creeping on her in her sleep that might be her goal. The bigger problem appears to be that he feels like he as a right to sex

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#23

Only Sluts Have Hairy Legs (The Things They Carried, Tim O'brien)

Only Sluts Have Hairy Legs (The Things They Carried, Tim O'brien)

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
6 months ago

dry sounds like she just needs to use more lotion. dry skin is horribly itchy

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#24

Thank God For The Bikini Wax.

Thank God For The Bikini Wax.

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Charlotte A.
Community Member
6 months ago

Since when do bruises make your body sexier?

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#25

Wish I Had Pillowy Breasts! Taken From Ben Fountain’s Brief Encounters With Che Guevara

Wish I Had Pillowy Breasts! Taken From Ben Fountain’s Brief Encounters With Che Guevara

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
6 months ago

I'm more concerned by the fact he seems to routinely check out boys' butts and uses that as the benchmark of sexy.

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#26

The Rest Reads “Dad Is Looking Like He Made A Better Decision Every Year”. What?!?

The Rest Reads “Dad Is Looking Like He Made A Better Decision Every Year”. What?!?

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
6 months ago

wow that is very Oedipal.

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#27

This Is A Totally Anatomically Normal Thing For Breasts To Do #submission (We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, Philip Dick)

This Is A Totally Anatomically Normal Thing For Breasts To Do #submission (We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, Philip Dick)

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Rowlie
Community Member
6 months ago

That nail....

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#menwritingwomen No Wonder Some Of Them Think Our Breasts Stop Us From Doing Stuff If They Think We’re As Obsessed As They Are. We Can’t Get Away From Them. Oh Must Do This Important Thing But Wait!

#menwritingwomen No Wonder Some Of Them Think Our Breasts Stop Us From Doing Stuff If They Think We’re As Obsessed As They Are. We Can’t Get Away From Them. Oh Must Do This Important Thing But Wait!

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
6 months ago

Well this seems to reinforce every ugly stereotype of men being sex crazed horndogs

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#29

'the Shining', By Stephen King. Its Always Breasts

'the Shining', By Stephen King. Its Always Breasts

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Bacony Cakes
Community Member
6 months ago

Your human disguise doesn't work when you're a goat.

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