Writing ‘the fairer sex’


Can male writers write female leads? If they’re worth their salt as writers they can and from Lewis Carroll to Philip Pullman they have. And lets not forget Roald Dahl as a fabulous writer of young female protagonists from The magic finger to the BFG (yes I broke the sacred rule and started a sentence with a conjunction).

Writers with any talent should be able to write protagonists despite their gender not restricted from writing about them because of their gender. There is no great difference between the genders except for the largely socially constructed ones that are soon destroyed by a dispassionate analysis of the scientific and social evidence. Sure genes and hormones have some influence on gender/sex (for simplicity I’ll use the two interchangeably for now) but they have the minority stake.

Writers should be able to write people and lets face it our common fears, loves, desires and needs that unite us are much greater than the things that separate us. In short a writer should be able to extract the humanity within a character and build the social and physical restraints of gender around that precept.

About V C Willow

V C Willow has always loved to write and read for pleasure. During her teenage years she wrote a lot of poetry but graduated to writing Science Fiction, Fantasy, Epic Fiction, Urban Fantasy and Suspense as she reached her twenties. She is a geek and comic nerd. A very keen reader, an enthusiastic cook and gardener and loves to craft. She's even been known to get down and dirty and do some DIY. V.C live in Manchester, England with her ball of cat fluff, Willow. She is currently writing her début fantasy novel. You can follow her authors page on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/vcwillow Connect with her on Linked in at: uk.linkedin.com/pub/vc-willow/4b/b90/521 Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/inquisitivevic Follow her on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5563938-v-c-willow )O(
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4 Responses to Writing ‘the fairer sex’

  1. coastalmom says:

    I’ve found it pretty easy to write from my male character’s perspectives. I’ve thought about this subject and Nicholas Sparks comes to mind for some reason. Great post!

  2. Jim O'Brien says:

    What a great post. Women have been the most important part of my life. How can I not write about them? Besides, they read more than us guys. Love them.

  3. Luanne says:

    I agree completely, except about Roald Dahl (despise him).

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