"Men can't write women" should join "Women aren't funny" on the dustbin of sexist bullshit.Obviously I screwed up the preposition. It should be "IN" not "ON," but oh well. I'm a noob.
It's a thought that's been sticking with me ever since I saw a documentary on the True Grit Blu-ray called "Charles Portis: The Greatest Writer You Never Heard of."
Interesting doc about an interesting subject, but there was a part where a woman (who I think may have been Nora Ephron) was praising Portis's ability to write True Grit from the perspective of a 14 year old girl. I'm paraphrasing here, but the woman said something like, "That's hard for a man to do," the implication being that "men can't write women" as a rule and that Charles Portis deserves special praise because he proved to be an exception.
Now it doesn't bug me so much that she made this statement. I know there are people who believe that men are incapable of writing about women, just as I know that there are people who believe that women aren't funny. What bugs me is the casual way she just throws it out there, as if it's some grand point about Portis's work, and how the damn editors of the doc put it in.
Imagine Mel Gibson or some other notorious misogynist talking about Erma Bombeck or Chelsea Handler or any other female humor writer and saying flat out that their work deserves special praise because it's funny, and well...woman aren't usually funny.
Bullshit, man. The funniest person I know is a woman. The best writers? A lot of them have been men. Maybe the essential truth is that when it comes to writing about women or being funny, it doesn't matter what's between your legs. What matters is what's between your ears.