As a man, I'm used to being given the benefit of the doubt. When I tell people I write for a living, no one really questions it. When I let someone know I'm working on a play, no one assumes what it's about. No one questions how proficient I am in my given profession or really judges me. It might have to do with the fact that I'm a hairy, 6'1 220lb man, too.
I do hear some horror stories from my younger sister, however, who works in medical research. Her work is constantly second-guessed by male peers, despite having more experience than they do and putting in more time and effort than her coworkers.
It's not that I have anything against the fairer sex, but I'm just happy I wasn't born a woman, because if I had to deal with the crap that most women deal with on a daily basis, I'd probably want to claw someone's eyes out. So to express their frustration and show how crazy the double-standards are when it comes to gender identity in the world of writing, female writers on Twitter are sharing their personal accounts of discrimination they've experienced.
And they're doing it with the #ThingsOnlyWomenWriters hear hashtag.
It was started by writer Joanne Harris, the author of Chocolat, who came up with the idea after sharing this series of tweets.
Some of them are pretty reprehensible.
Even literary agents got in on it.
You could really feel their frustration.
Others pointed out that the only people really getting angry about the trending hashtag shared a common trait.
Celebrities even started tweeting about it, too.
It really is amazing how this is still a thing that is so promenade in the work force. I really hope as we move into the future this is dealt with properly.
“I do not know any male writer who has been criticized for neglecting his family life, or told he’s being selfish for wanting to write.”
“My male protagonist is a real, strong hero! Your female protagonist is an unbearable, overpowered Mary Sue!”
“For the male writers snarking on the #thingsonlywomenwritershear hashtag. LOTS of female agents/editors. We see you & your, bro”
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