By Alex Griswold | December 21, 2017 11:38:13When you’re thinking of writing about a fictional character, you probably have two choices: write about her life, or write about how she relates to other women.
But, a new study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology suggests that the second option may be just as valuable.
In the study, researchers used the internet to conduct a series of experiments.
In one, participants were asked to rate the attractiveness of a series “of female fictional fictional characters” who all had “socially desirable traits.”
They were also asked to choose which of them was the most attractive and which was the least.
The experimenter then had to determine which female fictional character was most likely to attract the most male attention.
The results of this study are pretty fascinating, in that they reveal that not only is it possible to write about female fictional figures and to do so without making any sexist comments, but it’s also possible to do it in a way that does not stereotype the women depicted.
The researchers found that, when participants were given two options to write a female fictional figure, they were more likely to rate both the attractive and least attractive versions of the female fictional protagonist.
The more attractive the female character was, the more attractive she was rated.
The least attractive female character, the authors write, “seemed to be rated as less attractive than the most unattractive, and was rated as a little more unattractive than the least unattractive.”
In other words, if you’re looking for a fictional female character to write romance novels about, you should write about the most appealing version of her, because that’s the one you’re most likely going to find.
The authors also found that the female characters most likely attracted the most attention were those that were least attractive.
The less attractive version of the character, however, was the one that attracted the least attention.
This finding suggests that women are drawn to fictional characters with traits that are more appealing than the one depicted in the real world.
For instance, it could be that a character who’s more attractive is seen as a desirable person because she’s perceived as more attractive than a character whose characteristics are less attractive.
This study could help explain why some women don’t identify as feminists.
It also highlights the importance of making sure your fictional characters are likable, so that they’re seen as attractive to men.
It could also be that, in the eyes of men, a fictional heroine that’s unattractive doesn’t seem like a bad thing, because they don’t need to worry about her being “bad.”
It’s just that the women who have this problem are the ones who aren’t interested in romancing the male lead.