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
Community Member
4 weeks 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
Community Member
4 weeks 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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4 weeks 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
Community Member
4 weeks 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
Community Member
4 weeks 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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4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
Community Member
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
Community Member
4 weeks 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
3 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
Community Member
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
3 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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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