Posts tagged women

Posted 6 days ago

Red Flags for Female Characters


1. If something would be boring and/or undramatic for a male character, it would probably be boring and/or undramatic for a female character. If you’re writing a female character (particularly in a major role), I’d recommend thinking about whether you’d want to read about a male character in that situation or with that trait. If not, then you’re probably boring your readers.

2. The character is useless. Have you made a main character more or less helpless for most of the story? Does she watch as the story happens around her? Does she get repeatedly saved by other characters when the going gets rough? Please think back to #1. You’d probably be bored reading about a more or less helpless guy, right? Your readers will be just as bored by a helpless female.

3. The character’s only defining trait is being hyper-smart or (more rarely) a total ditz. That’s fine for one character among several, but if she’s your only significant female character, it’ll raise questions about your ability to handle female characters at a more relatable level of intelligence. If you’re having trouble with more relatable female characters, I’d recommend checking out some Meg Cabot books, Mean Girls and/or Pride and Prejudice.

3.1. The character is totally pure. A character that always does the right thing and has no motivations besides being friendly/agreeable/nice is probably pretty boring. 100% pure characters strain the suspension of disbelief, are less relatable and usually less dramatic. For whatever reason, these types of boring characters are almost always women.

4. Your readers will probably be able to tell if you have not read many female main characters written by female authors. If you don’t have the firsthand experience of actually being a female, being well-read is probably the closest you’ll get to seeing the subtle distinctions between most women and most men in terms of perspective, dialogue and actions. Conversely, when I’m reading manuscripts, the easiest way for me to pick out male characters written by female authors is when 1) the character is hyper-introspective and collected (even in a crisis) and the author doesn’t realize that’s unusual, and/or 2) a male character notices far too many irrelevant details, such as eye color and hair color, and the author inadvertently makes it sound like the character’s ogling someone or writing a fashion review.

5. The character is a love interest that doesn’t have a role outside of romance. She’ll probably be a more interesting love interest if she has something else going on. For example, Lois Lane is (occasionally) a competent reporter whose investigations sometimes tie into Superman’s work. Pepper Potts figured out who kidnapped Tony Stark by breaking into Stane’s office. Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim had a penchant for awesomeness and a mallet. Also, she was a ninja courier for Amazon.

5.1. The character is defined by her physical attractiveness and/or sex appeal. If you consider physical attractiveness one of the three most interesting things about a major character, I would recommend rethinking the character’s development because most likely the character is a love interest that is interesting only to the author. (Think back to #1–you wouldn’t want to read about a guy whose main trait was his handsomeness, would you?) Also, please bear in mind that most of the professionals evaluating your submission will probably be ladies, so you won’t even have the titillation angle working in your favor.

6. The character has no substantial goals besides going along with other characters and/or getting in bed with somebody. If you’re going to bother writing in a character, I’d recommend giving him/her some sort of independent effect on the plot. If not, why bother having the character? Fortunately, you don’t need to give a character much space to give her/him a role to play. For example, Neville Longbottom had around a page of dialogue (~350 words) in the first Harry Potter book and he still managed to raise the stakes for the protagonists by growing a spine at absolutely the worst moment. (Dumbledore’s recognition of his badassery was probably the highlight of the first book for me).

7. The character is mute. In general, I think the mindset behind this decision is “I’m having a lot of trouble writing dialogue for females, so I’ll just make her mute.” In this case, muting a major female character will only draw attention to how bad you think your female dialogue is. I’d strongly recommend practicing your female dialogue instead–the practice will help, and at least you’ll get out of instant-rejection territory.


Posted 1 month ago

Think about the first name you were ever called,
and then think how long it took until
you got called a pussy
or a slut,
or a bitch,
or a whore,
all of which are words that fall too close to ‘girl.’

Think about the first time you got called a ‘girl’
and they said it with a sneer.
Like it was a bad thing.

For a boy, it is the lowest degradation to get called a girl.
For a girl, it is the lowest degradation to get called a girl.

Remember, black widow spiders and female praying mantises eat their partners after intercourse.
Remember, it’s the lionesses who hunt.
They come back with bloody muzzles, dragging bloated carcasses as the alpha lion strides around with his mane puffing out.
Remember, it’s only the female mosquitoes who drink blood.
We’re the ones who do the necessary work, dirty our hands,
fuck or fight or both.
We’re often the smaller sex, which makes us a harder target
as we slink close and sink our teeth in.

Remember: we’re deadly.

You should be proud to be called a girl.

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Posted 2 months ago




I love Grace!

Posted 3 months ago
It saddens me to see girls proudly declaring they’re not like other girls – especially when it’s 41,000 girls saying it in a chorus, never recognizing the contradiction. It’s taking a form of contempt for women – even a hatred for women – and internalizing it by saying, Yes, those girls are awful, but I’m special, I’m not like that, instead of stepping back and saying, This is a lie.

The real meaning of “I’m not like the other girls” is, I think, “I’m not the media’s image of what girls should be.” Well, very, very few of us are. Pop culture wants to tell us that we’re all shallow, backstabbing, appearance-obsessed shopaholics without a thought in our heads beyond cute boys and cuter handbags. It’s a lie – a flat-out lie – and we need to recognize it and say so instead of accepting that judgment as true for other girls, but not for you.
Posted 3 months ago











putmeincoach reblogged your post and added:

Please, list me all of those female architects, scientists and great minds that male architects and scientists ripped off. No, really, I am curious to see all of these female inventors and pioneers you’re speaking of.

Ada Lovelace - Founder of scientific computing, the world’s first computer programmer. Modern computers as we know them wouldn’t exist without her innovations.

Queen Seondeok of Silla - Silla was one of the three kingdoms in Korea’s Three Kingdom period and Seondeok was its first reigning Queen. She is well known for setting up the first astronomy tower in Asia and for founding several Buddhist temples.

Cecilia Payne - Discovered what the sun was made of. Was then prohibited from publishing her work. Henry Norris Russel republished her work as his own and received all the credit. 

Jocelyn Bell Burnell - Discovered the first pulsar. Anthony Hewish took credit and listed her a non involved assistant, he had nothing to do with the discovery. Not only did he receive all the credit, he received the Nobel prize. 

Lise Meitner - Co-discovered nuclear fission and her male colleagues refused to name her in their publication. The men won the Nobel Prize, and she received no credit.  

Nettie Stevens - Discovered chromosomes determined sex, when she sent her work to a man for peer review, he published a book of her work passing it off as his own and named her a technician. 

Marie Curie - Noted Nobel prize laureate (first lady to earn 2), discovered radium. Barred from many prestigious male dominated academic organizations like the French Academy due to being a female. She was demonized and attacked by men all her life simply for being superior to men in the field, and men in general. 

Marie Van Brittan Brown - Co-invented home security surveillance that is the precursor of home security systems today. You wont hear her name in history class, not only is she a woman, she is a black woman. ERASED by nasty white men LIKE YOU. 

Lucy Terry - Another historical black woman, erased by neo-colonialist white men. This young lady was a teenager when she composed the first known work of literature by an African American person. 

Mary Shelley -Invented science fiction. She literally invented a genre of literature, she was a teenager when she wrote her first piece. Across the northern American continent. While she was pregnant.  

Sacagawea - An indigenous American (Lemhi Shoshone) who led Lewis & Clark across the northern American continent. While she was pregnant.

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn - feminist, suffragette, civil rights activist, founded the ACLU

Sarah Parker Remond -worked to desegregate schools and end slavery. Also noted physician- but you wont read about her in your white history books because she is black. Its like you white dudes just threw together some shitty fan fiction and called that history. 

Hedy Lamarr - came up with an early technique for spread spectrum communications and frequency hopping, necessary for wireless communication from the pre-computer age to the present day. She invented your wi-fi in addition to being an actress. SUCK IT. 

Vera Rubin -Rejected from Princeton because she was female, went to Cornell instead and discovered dark matter while earning her PhD. Went on to make contributions that your simpleminded white male self couldn’t begin to fathom. 

This list is just a taste of what women have accomplished. Women invented the core technologies that make civilization possible. This is a not a feminist myth, this is what anthropologists KNOW. Women have made those contributions in spite of astonishing hurdles. Hurdles like not being allowed to go to school, or not being allowed to work in an office with men, or join a professional society, or walk on the street, or own property. Hell, some of these women were legally deemed property, a fraction of a human being.

Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen Catherine the Great, Queen Christina of Sweden, Anacaona of Hispaniola, Hypatia of Athens, Aspasia of Thebes, Dido, Cleopatra, Nefertiti, Nzhinga of Matamba, Joan of Arc, Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Anne Boleyn, Queen Catherine of Spain, Queen Isabella of Castille, Florence Nightingale, Boudicca of the Picts, Hildegard of Bingen, Heloise of Paris, St Theresa of Avila, Theodora of Constantinople, Queen Sybila of Jerusalem, Queen Catherine de Medici, Mirabai of India, Cady Stanton, Margaret Sanger, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Emmeline Pankhurst, Emily Murphy, Rosa Luxembourg, ArchEmpress Maria Theresa of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire


Did you want more? Those are just the ones I could think of off the top of my head.

aww you put in mirabai :)

and of course…from the sciences…rosalind franklin, jocelyn burnell, ester lederburg, LISE MEITNER, mathilde krim, and countless, countless others (did you know that menten of michaelis-menten was a woman?); these are just from the west; this doesn’t count women elsewhere who are trafficked and raped from birth instead of being allowed to explore their potential in the sciences. here’s a list of indian women overshadowed in the sciences. if women’s potential in the sciences were fulfilled and nurtured and credit duly given then it would probably change the world as we know it overnight. 

Of course! Theology was a major area of philosophical study, and from what I read, she was very knowledgeable And any woman who survives three assassination attempts (iirc? I know there was more than just the one) is p badass. Also women have always had a place in the sciences. We were the first computer programmers, telephone technicians and medical professionals (rural women figured out how to prevent smallpox hundreds of years before Germ Theory or the concept of inoculation was a thing). Haven’t died of smallpox recently? You’re welcome. <3 

You ladies are amazing! All this history, our history off the top of your head!


 Thank you both, this is exactly what I was trying to convey to this ignorant dudebro. Who has yet to respond, btw. 

From Ada Lovelace to Grace Hopper, computers owe everything to women. All six “human computers” working on the famous ENIAC machine were women, and isn’t it funny how people nowadays have some sort of idea of what ENIAC was but not who maintained it?  In fact, computer programming, especially software programming, used to be considered a woman’s jobThey were still paid less than the men who were also in the fieldBut they still did it better.

The first person to crack part of the German Enigma cypher was a woman we only know today as Mrs BB Her solution was dismissed as being too simplistic, though she turned out to be correct.  But we still don’t know her name.  She worked at Bletchley Park, home of the UK’s cryptographers before and during WWII - most of the people working there were women (I’ve seen it as high as estimating 80% women)One of them, Mavis Batey, died a couple weeks ago, in fact.  She decoded the Italian navy Enigma cypher - AT NINETEEN.

Also, to throw in some of my other favorite ladies that I don’t see listed so far: Simone de Beauvoir, Émilie du Châtelet, Princess Elisabeth of the Palantine, Sofia Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya, Emmy Noether…  I could go on and on.  All sorts of brilliant ladies who directly influenced men we cherry pick from history (Voltaire, Sartre, etc.) or whose accomplishments we’ve forgotten despite their value have existed throughout time, everywhere and every place.

Oh look, more erased women who built civilization as we know it! What would women do without men to steal our discoveries and take credit for them? IDK thrive, probably

Sadly, the greatest threat to women through all ages has always been men and prejudice.

Posted 6 months ago


me when i think about how pixar can successfully animate a walking tortilla but animating diverse, emotive women is too hard


(Source: daftlypunk)

Posted 6 months ago

Ada Developers Academy


In honor of Ada Lovelace Day, why not support the Ada Developers Academy, a tuition-free all-women’s programming school?

They only have 14 days left to reach their goal of $35,000, and they are only half-way there!


Ada Developers Academy (Ada) is an intensive software developer training school for women. It combines six months of classroom instruction in cutting-edge web technologies with up to six month of apprenticeship at a Puget Sound-area tech business.

In the 24 week intensive class, students will be immersed in software development and learn the most up-to-date web skills from leading regional and national experts. Afterward, during a six month apprenticeship, students will learn what it’s like to be part of a software team delivering production code for real applications.

Ada Developers Academy is a project of the Technology Alliance. The Technology Alliance is a statewide not-for-profit organization of leaders from Washington’s technology-based businesses and research institutions united by our vision of a vibrant innovation economy that benefits all of our state’s citizens.

Posted 8 months ago
The trouble is that, for women, being “nice” often translates into putting up with things we should never put up with. How many times has some creep sat uncomfortably close to me on the bus and stared me down, yet I’m too afraid to just get up and move, lest I offend him?

We smile when we’re harassed on the street or hit on by jerks. We laugh at sexist jokes. We learn that when we have strong opinions, we’ll be called bitches and that if we get angry, we’ll be called hysterical. When we say what we want, we’re called pushy or aggressive.

Part of learning “ladylike” behavior is about learning to smile politely when someone is being crude. Femininity has long been attached to passivity and to being docile. Men fight, women giggle and fume silently.
Posted 1 year ago


Not a Single Damn of the Day: Bearded Lady Advocates Her Lady Beard
Mariam, the now most famous bearded lady of Britain, wants everyone to know that she is proud of her facial hair and that she’s “never felt sexier.” During her appearance on the UK talk show This Morning last week, Mariam explained that she began sprouting a beard after giving birth to her son in 1985 and spent the next two decades plucking the hairs off her face before she ultimately grew tired of grooming herself and decided to wear it proudly. She also went on to reveal that she has been unfazed by Internet trolls leaving hateful comments on her blog and is currently traveling the world as a model and festival performer. As for the scientific explanation behind female facial har, doctors say the hair growth can be caused by various factors, such as an increase in sex hormones that can lead to excess hair growth known as hirsutism.

This woman rules.



Not a Single Damn of the Day: Bearded Lady Advocates Her Lady Beard

Mariam, the now most famous bearded lady of Britain, wants everyone to know that she is proud of her facial hair and that she’s “never felt sexier.” During her appearance on the UK talk show This Morning last week, Mariam explained that she began sprouting a beard after giving birth to her son in 1985 and spent the next two decades plucking the hairs off her face before she ultimately grew tired of grooming herself and decided to wear it proudly. She also went on to reveal that she has been unfazed by Internet trolls leaving hateful comments on her blog and is currently traveling the world as a model and festival performer. As for the scientific explanation behind female facial har, doctors say the hair growth can be caused by various factors, such as an increase in sex hormones that can lead to excess hair growth known as hirsutism.

This woman rules.

Posted 1 year ago



how to write a fantasy story and also include women/poc/queer people:

  • write a fantasy story
  • include women/poc/queer people

for fucks sakes i know right

Posted 1 year ago

Hawkeye Initiative


Folks, you are too sensitive.

I appreciate what you’re trying to do.

But let’s face it— it’s not like we don’t get men with bulging muscles and chiseled jaws out the yin-yang in comic books either.

Don’t pretend you’d be just as into Stark/Odinson/Rogers/Barton if they were ugly as fuck.

On the contrary, they are damn sexy and their clothes reveal exactly what we like.

&&Comics are geared toward guys anyway. I don’t hear guys bitching about how chick-flicks are setting ridiculous expectations for men and romance in general.

….are you reading off a bingo card of spurious arguments here or something?

Posted 1 year ago


Your white dude idols are awful


tw: abuse

Alfred Hitchcock - Tortured Tippi Hendren by having a stage crew throw live birds at her during the filming of The Birds. He became infatuated with her and began paying people to stalk her. He sexually propositioned her and when she turned down his advances he ruined her career by keeping her under contract until demand for her died down. [x]

JD Salinger - Joyce Maynard, who dated a 35 year old Salinger when she was 18, and Salinger’s daughter, Margaret, both wrote about Salinger’s predatory and controlling relationships with women. Guess who was vilified after these writings were made public? [x]

John Lennon - Abused his wives Cynthia and Yoko Ono. Emotionally abused his son Julian. [x] Made homophobic and antisemitic joke at the expense of The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein. [x]

Pablo Picasso - ‘Women are machines for suffering” “For me there are only two kinds of women, goddesses and doormats”. Of the seven most important women in Picasso’s life, two killed themselves and two went mad. [x] 

Stanley Kubrick - Intentionally created a hostile environment to get a better performance out of Shelley Duvall during the filming of The Shining. He constantly berated her and brought her to tears. Working with Kubrick caused her so much stress she became physically ill and her hair started falling out. [x]

feel free to add your own / additional info

(Source: lescautmanon)

Posted 1 year ago

“Women as Livestock” Bill passes in Georgia




After an emotional 14-hour workday that included fist-fights between lobbyists and a walk-out by women Democrats, the Georgia House passed a Senate-approved bill Thursday night that criminalizes abortion after 20 weeks.

The bill, which does not contain rape or incest exemptions, is expected to receive a signature from Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

HB 954 garnered national attention this month when state Rep. Terry England (R-Auburn) compared pregnant women carrying stillborn fetuses to the cows and pigs on his farm. According to Rep. England and his warped thought process, if farmers have to “deliver calves, dead or alive,” then a woman carrying a dead fetus, or one not expected to survive, should have to carry it to term.

I live in Georgia. I’ve had an incomplete miscarriage. This horrifies and sickens me. 

Tell me again how there’s no War on Women. I dare you.

Posted 1 year ago
Posted 1 year ago


You know what pisses me off in TV shows?

  •  When one of the female characters gives birth, and then right after the birth her child is taken and raised away from her…
  • And from then on the other characters attribute elements of this woman’s personality to the fact that “she’s a mother.” 
  • No. She’s not a mother. She gave birth to a child, but she never actually got to be a mother. 
  • Vala from Stargate interacting with Adria for like five minutes when Adria was four doesn’t count as being a mother
  • Amy from Doctor Who growing up with River as a childhood friend doesn’t count as raising her
  • Stop attributing these women’s wisdom or ferocity to the fact that they’re “mothers”
  • because guess what, these elements of their character come from THEMSELVES, not the fact that they gave birth to a child
  • and calling it their ‘motherhood’ perpetuates the idea that women’s entire psychological make-up is rewritten once they’ve given birth
  • which is entirely fucking untrue
  • guess what? women can be strong and important without being mothers
  • and the fact that the other characters only recognize their strength and importance once they’ve given birth 
  • and even then, they attribute it to the fact that the woman’s a “mother”
  • that sends the message to girls that the most important role they can play in their life is having babies
  • and that they need to be “a mother” in order to be appreciated or in order to even be a worthy person
  • and that is downright fucked up
  • and don’t get me wrong moms are awesome, but moms are also their own people
  • and women can also be awesome people without being moms
  • the fact that some TV writers need this spelled out for them actually disturbs me