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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Samantha Lomb
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1 month ago

wow. so many weird misogynistic stereotypes here. Does this person also believe our wombs detach, fly about our bodies and make us crazy once a month?

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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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Samantha Lomb
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1 month ago

This is horrifying. Has this man ever seen a vagina? I could not imagine jamming credit cards up it.

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#3

"3 And A Half Milliboobs Per Handful"

"3 And A Half Milliboobs Per Handful"

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Daria Z
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1 month ago

The picture on the right is quite accurate and can apply to this whole post 😳

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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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RaroaRaroa
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1 month ago

Oo. This writer does not like the look of pregnant women, so has decided that women must hate it - you know, because he hates it and they surely all want to appeal to him because he's so awesome.

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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
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1 month 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

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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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1 month 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
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1 month ago (edited)

Jesus...

Hana Vejvodova
Community Member
3 weeks ago

suicide for other soulmate in trouble?

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Samantha Lomb
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1 month ago

But the chubby nerdy guy gets to be the everyman protagonist like in "Ready Player 1"

Aragorn II Elessar
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1 month ago

The book was better than the movie

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Carly Jackson-Hawkes
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1 month ago

Lol yeah us plump women always weighing up whether to have a pleasant personality or just top ourselves!! Lol

WildBerry
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1 month ago

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Well the alternative is to go on a diet but no one wants to do that.

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Marcellus the Third
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1 month ago

OK why do I feel the need to defend a good book? But OK: This section is written first-person, so it's the character not the writer judging. This can be a fudge --- the 'hero' is often mouthpiece for the writer --- but just as often not, especially in good books. It's a character with their flaws, not a cardboard hero.

Charlotte
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1 month ago

I’ve read these books too, and kind of agree. Characters are permitted to be d***s. Peter Grant is often a total idiot. Far too interested in getting in his colleagues pants and judging people’s mopping skills. But he’s also often a really good guy. And he gets better over the series. The Rivers of London series is actually pretty enjoyable, in a not-too-deep way. And he does a pretty good job of showing the diversity of London. It’s nice to get a kick ass hijab wearing female Met officer, for example. For every example of sexism from a character, we also get a healthy dose of strong, powerful, confident women. But, seriously, Ben Aaronovich can not dress a fictional woman to save his life. The outfits he puts his female characters in are so awful I just had to start ignoring the canon and mentally dressing them myself in order to take them seriously.

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Colleen Hindson
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1 month ago

This is not funny at all. There are many men who think if a woman isn't attractive to them, they are worthless and should not pollute the environment with their existence. I don't think most people realize how pervasive misogyny is. It has been accepted for centuries. Especially if a woman is fat. In literature fat women are always very negatively portrayed.

GFSTaylor
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1 month ago

Everyone here is assuming that she has developed the good personality because of the description given immediately before. The phrase is clumsily written - the two parts are not linked in that way. She is plump and round-faced. She is also the sort who develops a good personality etc. Nowhere in the books does the character, Peter Grant, have prejudice against plump or round-faced women. It's just a poorly-phrased description, where the author tried to cram too much into one sentence.

BorPand8
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1 month ago

I agree. Peter Grant's girlfriend from one of the books is plump and round-faced, so it's not that he finds them repulsive.

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Animal lover❤
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1 month ago

Fork you man!

Bacony Cakes
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3 weeks ago

QQQQ

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Purr·maid
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1 month ago

Some woman must have spurned this poor guy. Oh the tragedy!

Sandra Givens
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1 month ago

The character having this thought is a young but already somewhat cynical police officer. He's seen a lot of the seamy stuff in his work and part of his job is sizing people up. If you don't think police (and others like doctors) think these things about people they encounter, you are way too naive for your own good. I've read all the books - they are police procedural fantasies - and they are quite fun. Part of what makes them great is less than perfect characters, not just the humans, but also those with a supernatural bent.

Bored Little Panda
Community Member
3 weeks ago

What in the heck

LSS
Community Member
1 month ago

Ok again, this sounds like it's the personality of the character in the book.

pansexualandproud
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1 month ago

wut......o-o;

Frency S.
Community Member
1 month ago

wtf?!?! O.o

Carson R Ibach
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2 weeks ago

oh F**K

Rachel Waller
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I can sort of imagine he was going for something like with Agnes Nitt, where the girl in question develops horribly low self-esteem from being treated as ugly by everyone around her. If that's what he meant, I've been that girl, it's a thing (well, in my case nonbinary, but everyone including me thought of me as a girl at that point), but the way he phrased it was a slap in the face. DUDE. NOT COOL. I don't care if it's the character's perspective, this is not a character I want to spend any time in the head of!

Nicole Tomme
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Woah! Over the line!

Shelby Sanford
Community Member
3 weeks ago

My god.. FYI, people. You don't need to be happy all the time! PLUH EEZ! Do not commit sucide!!

Katrin
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I actually like these books, but I don’t like Peter Grant. A little tricky, since he’s the main character.

Dogo the Dog
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3 weeks ago

What the actual fu-

Maggie Bernabe
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3 weeks ago (edited)

Tho i know its a novel and this post is abt the fallacies of men portraying women.... I wish this had a trigger warning :') now i feel terrible. Thanks

Brooke White
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3 weeks ago

yeah, that one was a sad sad sad misstep. Sigh

J
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3 weeks ago

Ummm... excuse me but what?

JLaw
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Wtf?

okpkpkp
Community Member
4 weeks ago

OK. I'm going to back out of this post slowly and move on to something else...

Lisa Tetlow
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Seriously???

Eulalie Grace
Community Member
4 weeks ago

When some guy says or even thinks some crap like this, I have to wonder if they even own a mirror. Because most of them look frightening.

Lunar Owo Potato
Community Member
1 month ago

My god.

Brandi VanSteenwyk
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't care for the author of the post title any more than I do the author of the transcript. A plump, round-faced woman is considered "UGLY"? By whom?

KT Pinto
Community Member
1 month ago

Again, it's the CHARACTER'S point of view. Peter Grant is a d**k, if that's how you feel, not the author.

Blue
Community Member
1 month ago

I read an article over 10 years ago about a University professor who said that all woman past child bearing age should be put to death because they were useless to society. Forget what country.

Linda HS
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow...

Gayle Hunter-Gatherer
Community Member
1 month ago

Assuming any 'imperfect' person has 'no reason to live'. Then almost certainly complaining when the 'perfect' Women don't want them.

Idk Katniss Potter
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1 month ago

What the freaking hell

Ace Cole
Community Member
1 month ago

What the hell?

AnInrovert
Community Member
1 month ago

Ummmm, what?

Cake lady
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow, just wow.

sabocat
Community Member
1 month ago

(BTW, Check what Ben Aaronovitch looks like.)

Elijah Snow
Community Member
1 month ago

Lol!!!!

Shelley DuVal
Community Member
1 month ago

WAIT... His colleague Beverley Brook is a river???

Simone Olivier
Community Member
1 month ago

Well, that takes Ben Aaronovitch RIGHT off my reading list.

Shelli Aderman
Community Member
1 month ago

OMG

Euni Hinojosa
Community Member
1 month ago

He-man women haters.

Therese Clarke
Community Member
1 month ago

Have you SEEN a picture of this author - Ben aaronovitch

Patrick O'Harris
Community Member
1 month ago

Maybe the author should consider that...

Jennifer Sacrison
Community Member
1 month ago

😲😲😲😲 WTF??

Melissa Powell
Community Member
1 month ago

OMG! Really? what an awful thing to think and write.

Patricia Pitsel
Community Member
1 month ago

I think this is just a poor attempt at humour

M Kate McCulloch
Community Member
1 month ago

Can I punch him in the face?

Elizabeth Guiles
Community Member
1 month ago

I wonder if the writer is a big of a douche as his character is

Debby Bright
Community Member
1 month ago

Needs a new career!

Catherine Bartholome
Community Member
1 month ago

Jesus Christ, how sophomoric!!

Todd Hollfelder
Community Member
1 month ago

Yikes! That's harsh but I do understand the meaning of it. Truly, it's an amazing description of a specific individual

Amy Hawkins
Community Member
1 month ago

This is why I stopped reading that series.

May Be
Community Member
1 month ago

First, untrue and crude. Second, isn't having a good personality a good thing? Perhaps the author should try it sometime.

JD Lee
Community Member
1 month ago

The same options untalented writers must face, me thinks. Too bad his personality is so clearly sh*te.

Maud Glazbrooke
Community Member
1 month ago

But the idea here is that Society is kinder to pretty people and if you aren't pretty and you don't have other ways of getting along in life you are likely going to be really miserable. They aren't saying ugly people SHOULD kill themselves, they are saying ugly people don't have it easy.

Roxy Eastland
Community Member
1 month ago

I think for any plump round-faced, women the most important thing is to never run into Ben Aaronovitch.

Micchi Dawn
Community Member
1 month ago

What???

panda_legerdemain
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow.. just wow

Zinti
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh man, I don't feel cute or charming today, better go kill myself.

Damian Williamson
Community Member
1 month ago

That's irony. Aaronovitch is a huge Pratchett fan, and has a very similar sense of humour. This is a nod to Agnes from Pratchetts Masquerade. It doesn't come across as well as Pratchetts writing, but this is Aaronovitchs first book.

Rachel Waller
Community Member
3 weeks ago

That is what I was thinking, it was a particularly horribly-written way of saying how badly girls who aren't skinny are treated by life, not that "imperfect" girls actually should kill themselves. But an editor really should have caught this!

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Cybele Spanjaard
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1 month ago

Who edited and decided to actually print this in any book?

Lauren Lee
Community Member
1 month ago

Awful words. But the underlying idea unfortunately is more common than not

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

so weak and stupid.

Laura Gillette
Community Member
1 month ago

And what exactly does he mean by "good" personality?

Just saying
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow, I love this series but I'd missed that completely

Karen Lees
Community Member
1 month ago

Utter nonsense.

Kalpana M
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh thanks. What about plump/ugly men trying to find trophy wives? Despicable writer.

🌺🍍🌼🌻🌼🍍🌺
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm going to go kill myself because there are many men in this world who share the same opinion

bv7hearts
Community Member
1 month ago

Kiss my plump, round-faced ass.

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 month ago

What the f**k??????????? That's a slappable offence right there.

Christel Nellemann
Community Member
1 month ago

Well to be fair, this is the thouhts of the main character, and the author clearly wanted him to depict a d***h** stupid idi***, just like I would make a racist character in my stories use all the racial slurs and what nots.

Rachel Waller
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Even if that's the case, who wants to spend any time in the head of a character who thinks like that, or wants to see them get a happy ending?

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 month ago

This writer needs therapy. IMHO

Sasha Kuleshov
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1 month ago

Wow, INCEL much? XP

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#8

This Made My Breasts Frown

This Made My Breasts Frown

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Rowlie
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1 month 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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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh dear, this guy just revealed himself to be a very very confused virgin.

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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
1 month 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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Stephanie Did It
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1 month ago

*That kinda chick, you know the type... O_o

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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
1 month 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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Rowlie
Community Member
1 month ago

I guess the only breasts the author saw were trying to escape from him

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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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Martha Meyer
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1 month ago

This guy is a creepy perv!

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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
1 month 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
1 month 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
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1 month 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
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1 month 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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Stephanie Did It
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1 month ago

She had a non-existent vagina?

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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
1 month 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
1 month 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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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
1 month ago

In the first place this whole soaking thing sounds like a dishcloth, this guy obviously doesn't know how pads work. In the second place, pads stick to underwear, in my experience you don't just "fish them out", this guy obviously doesn't know how pads work. In the third place, of course the only possible rational reason why a woman would refuse sex is because she's on her period!, this guy is obviously an effing asshole.

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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
1 month 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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Jo Choto
Community Member
1 month ago

Excuse me while I vomit.

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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
1 month 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
1 month 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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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
1 month ago

These male authors are making my breasts pulse with resentment. They're really pissed off.

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#28

#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
1 month 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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Chez
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

To be fair, this scene is where he is describing a woman who has been dead in a bath for however long (a ghost of her anyway). And when I read it it's actually made perfect sense in that context.

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