"Are you sure you want to tackle such a difficult genre? Why not start with something like romance or fantasy?"
"Have you considered using a pseudonym so people don't know you're a woman?"
"It must be nice to be able to work and be home with your children."
Because when a man writes, it is his job, but for a woman it is just a hobby, right?
Women writers from across the world are using the "ThingsOnlyWomenWritersHear" hashtag to share the cringe-worthy sexist comments they have to deal with regularly.
These comments - funny in a sad way - also reveal how women are often undervalued for the work they do, and their skills and hard work downplayed when compared to that of men.
It must be nice to be able to work and be home with your children. #ThingsOnlyWomenWritersHear— shannon cox goodall (@scorley2002) April 18, 2017
"Wait, so she never falls in love?" #ThingsOnlyWomenWritersHear (The amount of times I've been asked on Wattpad is ridiculous )— Em (@xXLadyEmXx) April 17, 2017
Wait up, you did so much research? For a woman's book? #ThingsOnlyWomenWritersHear— Ira Mukhoty (@mukhoty) April 21, 2017
Are you sure you want to tackle such a difficult genre? Why not start with something like romance or fantasy? #ThingsOnlyWomenWritersHear— WDrake (@WinonahDrake) April 20, 2017
"Clearly you were sleeping with this male expert, and the book's conclusions are really his, not yours." #ThingsOnlyWomenWritersHear— Summer Brennan (@summerbrennan) April 19, 2017
"Women just write about emotions. Men write about ideas." #ThingsOnlyWomenWritersHear— Racheline Maltese (@racheline_m) April 17, 2017
Them: Romance novels are just wish fulfillment fantasies.— Tiffany Reisz (@tiffanyreisz) April 18, 2017
Me: Yes I wished to write a book AND IT CAME TRUE #ThingsOnlyWomenWritersHear
Premiere of CHOCOLAT. Famous (male) author pushes past me without a glance to congratulate my (male) publisher. #ThingsOnlyWomenWritersHear— Joanne Harris (@Joannechocolat) April 17, 2017
We're not going to fund your crime drama, but we do need female projects. Would you consider writing a romcom? #ThingsOnlyWomenWritersHear— Lisa Gifford (@LisaGifford) April 21, 2017
Guy: Let me explain this short story to you.— Rin Chupeco (@RinChupeco) April 18, 2017
Me: I wrote that story.
Guy: I'm sure it's a guy's. It's good.#ThingsOnlyWomenWritersHear
#thingsonlywomenwritershear "My male protagonist is a real, strong hero! Your female protagonist is an unbelievable, overpowered Mary Sue!"— Jean Johnson (@JeanJAuthor) April 18, 2017
"You're surprisingly funny." #ThingsOnlyWomenWritersHear— Heather (@heathercore) April 18, 2017
You're a writer? How neat! Do you write books for kids? #ThingsOnlyWomenWritersHear— Katie Lewis (@kathryndlewis) April 17, 2017
(Before 2016): "So you're a mommy blogger?" "Nope. Just a blogger. No kids." *So...a lifestyle blogger?" #ThingsOnlyWomenWritersHear— Rachel Held Evans (@rachelheldevans) April 19, 2017
From a male author: "For you it's just a hobby. This is my career."#ThingsOnlyWomenWritersHear— Becca Patterson (@Mreauow) April 20, 2017