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https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/if- ... rite-women
The examples are obviously contrived, but I felt like I've read many of these writing cues before, whether they're a hint of bodily insecurity, unduly focusing on clothing, putting the character in an exploitative position, or so on.
Any examples here particularly hit home? Any others you got?
There is a particular look about a teenage boy that lets you know what kind of man he’ll be. A certain fullness of lips, a frank sensuality in his gaze. We all know what the word for that is, but it’s not polite to use it until he’s proven he’s that kind of boy.
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Barbara found them twenty minutes later, wrapped around each other. Antoine looked up in horror.
“I’m so sorry! It didn’t mean anything!”
Barbara smirked, crossing her arms and taking in the scene. “Now, this is interesting. Don’t freak out, babe. It’s not like it’s really cheating, after all.”
This is the one that gets me every time I come across it.
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I don't get it. I'm not exactly sure what point you are trying to make.
What I got from it is, life sucks for both men and women. The story seemed very honest and an accurate depiction of the hell of being male and how life sucks for males.
I hate how society portrays being born male as being James bond and awesome, when it's anything but awesome.
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This is very interesting. The focus on the looks, or power position, or even sexual status of one gender compared to the other. You don't really notice that you have it internalised until it's pointed out to you.
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Finally got around to reading this, it's very neat. I find it interesting that when they're describing the physique of the guys, their terminology makes me think of very effeminate men despite the fact that they aren't necessarily stated as such. Anyone else find this or was it just my own internalised/ingrained thing?
Where there's smoke, there's fire. Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. So just shut up, and bring some water.