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

ewillard42 Report

Samantha Lomb
Community Member
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?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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)

menwritewomen Report

Samantha Lomb
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#3

"3 And A Half Milliboobs Per Handful"

"3 And A Half Milliboobs Per Handful"

Christimay , www.reddit.com Report

Daria Z
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments

"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.”

cheribella Report

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#5

Well Damn, Where Are All My Kids Then??

Well Damn, Where Are All My Kids Then??

lilycama Report

Samantha Lomb
Community Member
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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#6

Let's Not Forget This Gem Either

Let's Not Forget This Gem Either

isapphic Report

Stephanie Did It
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

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

View More Replies...
View more comments

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]

reddit.com Report

Vincent Philippart
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Jesus...

View More Replies...
View more comments
#8

This Made My Breasts Frown

This Made My Breasts Frown

lordeandsaviour Report

Rowlie
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#9

That's Not How Any Of This Works

That's Not How Any Of This Works

menwritewomen Report

Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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)

menwritewomen Report

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?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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

isapphic Report

Stephanie Did It
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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)

menwritewomen Report

Theodore Theodora
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#13

I'm Sorry, Her Breasts Do What

I'm Sorry, Her Breasts Do What

alexis_writes1 Report

Rowlie
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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

Professor_Owl Report

Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 month ago

This guy is a creepy perv!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#15

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

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

icomebearingpoop Report

Squee
Community Member
1 month ago

H-how would you even...?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#16

Be Horrified With The Rest Of Us

Be Horrified With The Rest Of Us

meganaderr Report

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#17

Breasts Totally Get Scared

Breasts Totally Get Scared

Report

Stephanie Did It
Community Member
1 month ago

My breasts are embarrassed by this.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#18

The Count Of Monte Cristo- 1884

The Count Of Monte Cristo- 1884

HotMopo Report

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
1 month ago

Poor old lady. :-D

View More Replies...
View more comments
#19

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

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

menwritewomen Report

Stephanie Did It
Community Member
1 month ago

She had a non-existent vagina?

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#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?

menwritewomen Report

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
1 month ago

*brandishes ice cream scoop* Your eyeballs, please.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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)

menwritewomen Report

Stephanie Did It
Community Member
1 month ago

But no head, brain or mouth. How convenient!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#22

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

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

menwritewomen Report

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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)

menwritewomen Report

Samantha Lomb
Community Member
1 month ago

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

Michał Jastrzębski
Community Member
1 month ago

itchy, or worse - cracking and painfull.

Load More Replies...
Jo Choto
Community Member
1 month ago

So your legs self-lube when you're not a virgin. How do I explain my virginal dry legs to the kids?

Laura Gillette
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, women only start growing leg hair after they have sex for the first time.

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
1 month ago

Well in that case, someone owes me an explanation... ._.

Load More Replies...
Zinti
Community Member
1 month ago

As if the leg hair and virginity weren't bad enough, the author already knows she weighs EXACTLY just over 117 pounds. And he knows this how exactly? We don't even know what we weigh at any given time. I could weigh 3 pounds more at the end of the day than in the morning. Just..how?!? So apparently he's got some kind of super "sciencyish" knowledge of the connection between leg hair, virginity and exact body weight to the ounce.

Tabitha L
Community Member
3 weeks ago

The weight thing is super weird. I would have to get on a scale to know how much I weigh. It varies due to time of day, what I ate yesterday, what day of my cycle I am in, how much water I have had to drink, phases of the moon, and God knows what else.

Load More Replies...
Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

If I had the legs of a virgin, If I had the ass of a crow, I'd fly over Tim O'Brien, and s**t on his book below.

Jaime
Community Member
1 month ago

“Dry and without hair.” Ah yes. Everyone knows leg hair only grows after sex!

Michael Se
Community Member
1 month ago

She is a very large flamingo.

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
1 month ago

(Muttering under one's breath as one would do whilst talking abut Dinkleberg) Weird flamingo lady...

Load More Replies...
Not-so-MadMax
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, because after you have lost your virginity, your legs become moist and hairy...

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
1 month ago

So only virgins have hairless legs? And no virginal sexy sheen to her skin?

Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
1 month ago

I swear that's not why I never shave my legs.

Patricia Rix
Community Member
1 month ago

This guy has a 2nd job guessing people's weight at the arcade.

Bama Belle
Community Member
1 month ago

Is it virginity or dry skin? He'll never know.

Roxy Eastland
Community Member
1 month ago

Once a woman has had sex her legs are for ever afterwards damp?

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Once girls reach puberty, they become hairier in more than one place. When he writes "the legs of a virgin" I believe that is what he is refencing to, wether the author realizes it or not. Creepy.

Load More Replies...
May Be
Community Member
1 month ago

What on earth does the lack of hair on legs have to do with sexual experience? And does it apply to men or just to women? If just to women, why?

Lisa Tetlow
Community Member
1 month ago

Everyone knows all women stop shaving their legs as soon as they lose their virginity. Am I right?

Catherine Bartholome
Community Member
1 month ago

Ah, yes, those virgin legs...a dead giveaway.

Jamma
Community Member
1 month ago

This is an excellent book, in spite of this weird phrase.

Alyssa Linder
Community Member
18 hours ago

"Lieutenant Cross remembered touching that left knee" That is so weird to read..

Debra Powers
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Wait, what? Virgins don't have leg hair?

Julianne Hannes
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Pedo

PeachPossum
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Virgin LEGS? Uh, that's not what makes her a virgin, pal.

CatWoman312
Community Member
3 weeks ago

That’s the opposite of what makes sense.

Rachel Waller
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Huh. Usually it's "only sluts shave".

Hannah Evans
Community Member
3 weeks ago

You really think women who have regular sex have hairy legs? Seriously? Also that virgins don't moisturize? I started moisturizing five years before I lost my v-card.

Nicole Tomme
Community Member
3 weeks ago

She wouldn't have shaved if she knew she would run into this guy.

Anxious-lesbian-disaster
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Squirt some lotion on dem leggs

Donna Mixon
Community Member
1 month ago

Actually...it wasn’t until after WWII when the French whores had shaved legs that the returning soldiers wanted their girls to shave their legs and pubes.

Liz
Community Member
1 month ago

i remember reading this

Lunar Owo Potato
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Dry skin is not a fun experience trust me i have eczema

Storm Anne
Community Member
1 month ago

How doees he know how much she weighs?!?

Idk Katniss Potter
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow

Seabeast
Community Member
1 month ago

So it's having sex that causes leg hair to grow?

Colleen Hindson
Community Member
1 month ago

Only athletic virgins shave their legs. I didn't know that!

Joanne Hudson
Community Member
1 month ago

WTF are virginal legs? They've never been used? But she's playing volleyball and apparently walked to the movie theatre?

Elizabeth Guiles
Community Member
1 month ago

Genetics is what dictates how much hair a person has on her body, NOT the state of her hymen. Also, put some lotion on that dry skin

Pandana
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm a virgin and my legs are kinda hairy and well moisturized...

WildBerry
Community Member
1 month ago

Sounds like a personal problem....

Load More Replies...
JD Lee
Community Member
1 month ago

So what do women weigh once they’ve done the deed, & do our legs then turn into a creek or something? Or is it more of a river situation? Should I be buying flood insurance? How much does a pound of river water weigh? Does showering make me a lady of the night?

Sue Sanders
Community Member
1 month ago

Boring. With a sprinkle of unintentional humor. How many books has this person sold, or given away?

Grace Note
Community Member
1 month ago

He was a guess your weight machine.

WildBerry
Community Member
1 month ago

Like the old joke, "Wanna play carnival? You sit on my face and I guess your weight"

Load More Replies...
Jodie Isabel
Community Member
1 month ago

Ah yes, because only those who have lost their virginity grow hairs upon their legs.

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
1 month ago

So now I'm a slut :P

Andy boi
Community Member
1 month ago

ok but can we all agree that sentence was w a a a ay too long

View More Replies...
View more comments
#24

Thank God For The Bikini Wax.

Thank God For The Bikini Wax.

sausageroll101 Report

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 month ago

Excuse me while I vomit.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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

inquisitorial_25 Report

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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?!?

sadhairahcaz Report

Samantha Lomb
Community Member
1 month ago

wow that is very Oedipal.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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)

menwritewomen Report

Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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!

KathrynEvansInk Report

Samantha Lomb
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#29

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

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

GodfreyCrane Report

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments

Note: this post originally had 78 images. It’s been shortened to the top 29 images based on user votes.

See Also on Bored Panda