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Quote of the day | ‘She went to pee, which she did by sitting down’

In writing, once a gender is established … it’s often best to leave it alone. A woman does not need to walk to the door with a decided roll to her hips that a man would not have. She just walks to the damn door. Likewise, a man does not need to reach out for a cup of coffee, all the time grunting, thinking about football, about how hard it is to follow a map, and how much he believes he could beat a tiger in a knife fight …

Paul Tobin, discussing the depictions of gender in fiction, but especially in reference to women in superhero comics. He talks about specific traps that comics creators fall into (including an observation about drawing breasts that’s both hilarious and sad) and how female characters should be written.

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Now, that he mentions it, I do believe I could beat a tiger in a knife fight.

Title of the article is better than the quote itself this time. Both are hilarious.

As he read this, and the sweat trickled down his scrotum, he thoughtfully stroked his chin stubble and went out for a long walk, his shaft swinging inside his pants with every movement.

sandwich eater

May 14, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Just to be clear, I grunt and think about fighting tigers while doing everything.

A woman’s personal appearance, and how this makes others perceive her, is much more important to most women than it is to most men. Women are generally much more social than men. Thus a “hip rolling” entrance or something similar involving how she looks is very much part of a female character unless your female character is a nerd who hasn’t washed her hair in days or similarly not feminine.

It’s endlessly amusing to see comics creators say quotes similar to the above and then marvel at how women don’t like comics or the female characters they write.

Granted, it’s a very big knife.

“Women are generally much more social than men.”

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