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This was originally posted on 26 Oct 2010 @ Long Live the Lit (blog is now unavailable).

I’ve pasted it here for now :)


Gender Stereotypes — Guest Post by Jess C Scott (26 Oct 2010)

BOOK SUMMARY: A 17-year-old intern must choose between trusting an irresistibly suave dance instructor — or her instincts. SINS07 is a series featuring lighthearted tales that explore each of the seven sins in order, beginning with lust.

My most recent publication is a YA novel titled, 1: The Intern, part of a SINS07 “seven deadly sins” series. While my first book also focused on the theme of lust/desire/sexuality (EyeLeash: A Blog Novel @, 1: The Intern is more mainstream (the blog novel features blog posts and IM chats throughout).

There are certain elements, however, that feature throughout my writing projects. One is the concept of stereotypes — gender stereotypes, especially.

The girls/females/women in my books tend to not be afraid to think, and/or have an opinion (which does not necessarily mean they’re self-righteous bitches — thinking clearly has nothing to do with how malicious one is, as a person). The ladies I write about tend not to obsess about their weight and/or how skinny they are. They also have sex drives, and aren’t afraid of it (1: The Intern doesn’t contain anything explicit). Having “a man” in their life is not their one and only aim in life.

As for the boys/males/men, the guys I write about generally aren’t afraid to feel, and/or talk about or explore their feelings [which does not necessarily mean they’re gay — knowing oneself includes being aware of both the masculine and feminine traits in oneself (as the eminent Swiss psychiatrist Carl G. Jung mentions, in his work)]. Stereotypically, “masculine” feelings would include aggression and sexual desire. If I were a guy, I would find life to be very dreary and tense, if I were to live life according to those limitations.

When I was a gawky eleven-year-old (on the brink of teenagedom), I used to bash males for a while. I was very aware of the “divide” between the sexes. Later on in life (maybe once I hit 17 — I’ll turn 24 in September), I started realizing that either gender bashing the other wasn’t really going to help anyone, essentially. This has begun to settle into (what I hope is) an inner wisdom, which allows me to express more generosity/kindness and acceptance towards others (unless they’re really mean-spirited-to-the-core sorts, devoid of any conscience).

One of the reasons I’ve always loved to write is the freedom it allows me — to discover new things, about myself, others, life, love, humanity, and everything/anything in between. Life is a journey toward inner wholeness, and something which I explore and record via the stories I share.

Author Bio:

Jess identifies herself as an author/artist/non-conformist. Her literary work has appeared in a diverse range of publications, such as Word Riot, ITCH Magazine, and The Battered Suitcase. She is currently working on the SINS07 series, as well as an urban fantasy project featuring cyberpunk elves. Her novella, The Devilin Fey, hit #1 in Amazon’s “Hot New Releases in Bargain Books” in July 2010.




* Writing that Appeals to Both Genders (Jess C Scott | 16 Nov 2011)

* Male Emotions in the Media (Jess’s guest post for Femmedia | March 2012)


I suppose it might come as a surprise that I chose to write a mainstream “seven deadly sins” series [though I do have a darker, more “alternative” version I’d like to play around with in future ;)]. My first two books were multiple-genre-crossing — I don’t intend to experiment too much with the writing style which will characterize the SINS07 series.

What I did have in mind was something lighthearted and humorous (without being devoid of substance — I always aim for some level of substance, according to my standards).

I deliberately chose not to glam up popularity, sex, and drugs [(like in Gossip Girl, etc, so if you enjoy those books, my books will probably not be your cup of tea (you’re still always free to check out some excerpts!)].

The psychologist Abraham Maslow studied what he called exemplary people, such as Albert Einstein and Eleanor Roosevelt. I think I follow a slightly similar work ethic, with my writing material.

I like to create/write about protagonists who go through a journey, and come out better people — a journey where the character’s true worth isn’t based on superficial traits like one’s physical hotness/drool factor. What makes a real relationship an ultimate experience is the actual interactions between the two people that are supposed to be sharing a love. I don’t subscribe to the notion of “true love” being based on “how hot the person is” — because at the end of the day, there still will be a real, living person underneath the exterior. A beautiful soul and a beautiful body are not necessarily the same thing.

So, as I was saying…I believe there is a lot more to life than popularity, sex, and drugs. And while these elements are common in the subject matter of teen books/products (and aren’t completely left out in the SINS07 series — that would be a little bit unrealistic, especially since it *is* a “deadly sins” series), SINS07 will feature such elements in a fun (and purposeful) way.

I respect my readers that way.