Male Authors Are Still Bad At Writing Female Characters In The Year Of Our Lord 2019 (12 Pics)

In a truly unfortunate Buzzfeed piece, staff writer Farrah Penn rounded up instances — like, way too many instances—of men writing women characters atrociously. And let’s be honest, men have been writing bad women characters—ahem, “heaving breasts”—since, well, men have been writing. Are you ready for a cringefest? Below, a sampling of the entries Penn put together (using Reddit and Twitter) for us to gawk at:

1. Breasts don’t smile, fellows. We get that you’re trying to sound literary, but no. This description doesn’t actually add to the story at all. It just makes you sound like a creep.

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2. Then there’s this little gem of inner monologue: “Girls’ breasts are so amazing.” Riveting, kiddo.

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3. And because this is a TOTALLY NORMAL thing to say about a child….

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4. We’re not denying the beauty of the human body, but if you’re gonna devote an entire paragraph to describing breasts at least make sure the writing is good.

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5. This broad is REALLY, REALLY old at 36, guys…

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6. WTF?

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7. This is all sorts of sexist. Yikes to treating all women as a monolith of self-hatred.

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8. “The compact butt of a boy” 

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9. Ah, yes, the classic “nonbreasted gym teacher” storyline…

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10. Rippled breasts?

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