Female writers are mad as hell and they’re not taking it anymore, 3.5 readers.
They’ve taken to Twitter to share some of the nasty, rude, unkind, insensitive things that they hear as women writers.
Hmm. You know, I’m nothing if not a friend to all female kind, so there was a part of me that just said, “Eh, don’t even write a post about it. Let the ladies complain.”
And honestly, as I scroll through the tweets, much of it is valid. Women get told they can’t write from a male perspective, that complex topics might be too hard for them, that they’re selfish for writing when they should be taking care of their kids and husbands and so forth.
I guess what irks me is the “only” part of the hashtag.
Look, ladies, I hear you. You got problems. That vagina and all the things that come with it is not a cakewalk.
However, do keep in mind that there’s something that no male writer has ever heard before:
“Here’s a million dollar book deal because you have a penis!”
It’s never happened.
This sort of reminds me how sometimes I’ll be watching TV and a woman will complain that men can be all fat and ugly while women are expected to be hot and attractive.
Umm…sure I’ll agree that it sucks when a woman is discriminated on based on their looks, but honestly, men that don’t look good get shit upon regularly too. It’s not a male/female thing, it’s a looks thing. The better you look, the farther you’ll go in life, whether you have a penis or a vagina.
Back to the hashtag. Do male writers get shit on? Yes. Ever since I was a little BQB boy, everyone has shit on my dream of becoming a writer. Men have shit on it. Women have shit on it.
I work and then I try to carve out a little time at night and on the weekends to write. Often, several weeks will go by where I don’t work on my novel projects at all because various people in my life need help. So I help them.
In the past, I’d try saying something like, “Hey, I’m trying to write a novel here” but they, men and women, would look at me like I just said, “Hey, I’m trying to time travel to ancient times and bring back a dinosaur to be my pet.”
In other words, the average person who is not interested in writing think that attempting to write a novel is frivolous and silly. If you tell people you’re writing a novel, some people will be polite and say, “Oh, isn’t that nice?” or they’ll be supportive and say, “That’s awesome!” but many, if not most, will think you’re being a wide-eyed dreamer with your head in the clouds, too busy day dreaming to pay attention to everything going on around you.
Yes, it sucks when female writers get shit on and told they are bad mothers and bad wives if they dare to carve out some time to write.
But, men get shit too. Men are expected to be manly. Men are expected to make a lot of money and be good providers. Men are expected to fix shit around the house when it breaks. When men take time to write, they’re often called pussies and wimps engaging in a frivolous daydream rather than being manly and making more money or fixing a car engine or something.
Men get shit. Women get shit. We all get shit. And we should be all be able to complain about the shit we get.
And before you give me shit, I feel like in the numerous project irons I’ve got in the fire, I’ve written some very strong, positive, female characters and I’ve had plots and subplots that point out some of the shit that women have to go through.
I just feel like we’re headed down a bad path in this country where the debate always turns on, “Well, I have this kind of genitalia so my life sucks and your life is great.”
No. No. No. Life sucks. It sucks in different ways for different people and sometimes the suck is even similar. But it sucks. It really sucks and you don’t get a pass on the suckyness of life just because you have one kind of body part or another.
OK, everyone let the point fly over their heads and proceed to bash your humble resident nerd in 3..2…1…