[bksvol-discuss] Totally OT:Men writing women characters

  • From: Cindy <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2005 12:07:24 -0800 (PST)

Speaking of men writing women's characters: One of the
books I read years ago was Fanny Hill, Memoirs of a
Woman of Pleasure. I was totally surprised to see it
was written by a man. It's written in the first
person, as I recall (Memoirs would have to be,
wouldn't they -- smile) and it seemed to me the
character's feelings and reactions were totally like
any woman's would have been in her situations. 


--- Kellie Hartmann <hart0421@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> To me, the award for the most unrealistic female
> characters in classic
> novels goes to Dostoyevsky. I've read Crime and
> Punishment and Brothers
> Karamozov, and all the women in both novels are
> completely neurotic! And I
> don't want to hear comments about all women being
> neurotic, because even if
> that's true the Dostoyevsky women are way more
> neurotic than even the most
> neurotic real-life woman! <lol> The Dostoyevsky
> women all need to be put in
> an asylum and sedated on a long-term basis, all
> except Raskolnikov's sister
> who seemed pretty normal but didn't really have much
> of a part in the story.
> It didn't even necessarily seem like Dostoyevsky
> hated women and so made all
> his female characters evil. It seemed more like he
> didn't understand women
> in the least and therefore couldn't possibly create
> an even remotely normal
> woman character.
> Ok, just my impressions. <grin>
> Kellie

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