By Amorak Huey
It’s tempting to start this piece by repeating the obvious, only speaking slowly: Don’t. Write. Literature. That. Is. Misogynist.
Because, seriously. It’s not that hard.
Except, apparently, it is for a lot of writers. Dudes, I mean. Of course. So, fellas, here’s a little Jeff Foxworthy-esque checklist to see if your writing is misogynist:
- If the women characters in your writing exist largely to illustrate the state of mind of the men characters … your writing might be misogynist.
- If there are no women in your writing, like, ever … your writing might be misogynist.
- If your writing describes violence happening to women, and it’s graphic, or titillating, or sexy, or supposed to be excused because you’re doing the oh-so-original work of exploring the psyche of the violent or lonely male mind … your writing is definitely for sure misogynist.
- If those #GamerGate yahoos would appreciate your…
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