Scarlett’s Law

Sayde Scarlett
1 min readMar 25, 2019
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I’ve always wanted an internet pseudo-law named after me. If I am to eventually get one I hope it will be this:

The further a fictional female character is from the feminine mystique — the less likeable both male — and female — readers or viewers will find her.

This is what I want my Bechdel Test type-contribution to fiction to be.

So which side will you be on? Writers! Will you give your female characters actual flaws — not quirks, idiosyncrasies or mild vices. Actual, glaring flaws and irredeemable hubris. Will you sacrifice likeability for authenticity?

Or will you write yet another bland female character whose biggest flaw is benign clumsiness or being too neat?

What type of writer do you want to be?

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Sayde Scarlett

Author and poet by day; artist by night. Loves to tell stories and create art; loves to talk about stories and creating art.