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Writers on Twitter are using #Ownvoices to talk about the need for proper representation in fiction.
Author Gwen K Katz had shared an excerpt from a novel written by a man, with a female protagonist.
A male author is insisting that he is living proof that it's possible for a male author to write an authentic femal… https://t.co/HDKEPi0Ou0 — Gwen C. Katz (@Gwen C. Katz)
It hadn’t gone down well with the writing community, who emphasised the importance of marginal characters being written by authors from similar backgrounds.
That isn’t to say male authors couldn’t successfully pull off writing from a woman’s perspective, but they do need to put some research in.
The thread gave birth to a light-hearted game.
Podcast host Jonathan Franzia posed a challenge: Describe yourself like a male author would.
@kateleth new twitter challenge: describe yourself like a male author would — whit, (@whit,)
And, well, the internet responded:
@MaraWilson @whitneyarner @kateleth She caught my eye in a peripheral sort of way; just enough that I noticed her f… https://t.co/G8NFRmvR8U — Alicia (@Alicia)
@whitneyarner @kateleth [Non ironic description characterizing me as “exotic”. The words mahogany and/ ebony are us… https://t.co/xVs2rM8KlA — A 🇬🇭 (@A 🇬🇭)
@whitneyarner @kateleth Her lack of one breast due to cancer rendered her impossible to lust after, but she could g… https://t.co/ppro7gUNPk — Catherine Dean (@Catherine Dean)
@whitneyarner @kateleth She had a mane of dark curls and an ass shaped by a loving god, but the faint lines around… https://t.co/cid8fOCU62 — yet another Sarah (@yet another Sarah)