human find home in the strangest place
sometimes it’s four walls
sometimes it’s a soul
sometimes it’s the right string of words
sometimes it’s the perfect melody
for me, i think it’s when home’s destination is undecided
Our fictional universe also turns out to contain words that male authors use to describe female characters but which a woman would rarely use to describe herself or another woman. These words seem to highlight the biggest differences in how male and female authors view the world.
One key word here: interrupted. In each of our three categories (classics, popular fiction and literary fiction), male writers are at least 75% more likely to have their female characters interrupt than their male ones. Meanwhile, female authors didn’t discernibly differ in the frequency with which they have their characters of both genders interrupt.
Similarly, female authors use sob at about the same rate for their male and female characters—but male writers hardly ever use it to describe their own male characters. Male authors seem, consciously or not, to hold that if “real men don’t cry,” then “fictional men don’t sob.”
You don’t understand.
I’m a mess right now
desperately trying to pull my life together
And of all the pieces I’ve collected so far,
I built walls around me
So please do not talk about tearing it down
Please do not
Excerpt from my diary / I’m safe inside the walls I built