->''"We chatted the night away about how great it is that female characters can be sexy '''and''' tough, sexy '''and''' smart, sexy '''and''' professional ... It was a great night for women and for the men who write for them."''
-->-- '''Tracy Gill''', [[http://www.theonion.com/video/evangeline-lilly-wins-best-wet-t-shirt-fight-scene-14193 "Strong Women in Television Awards"]], ''[[Website/TheOnion Today NOW!, Onion News Network]]''

Count the number of women in the {{Producers}} section, and you'll see that television is still a very male-dominated industry. The Writer's Guild of America (West) claims that only 27 percent of film writers and 19 percent of television writers it represents are female.

Naturally, as a consequence, the male voice is more greatly represented in media than the female voice, and the audience respectively will be assumed primarily male. Main character ensembles will typically be composed of primarily males, with a TokenGirl thrown in for good measure. Due to people usually understanding their own sex better than the other, said girl tends to be based on relatively stereotypical notions. Thus, TheChick is a prevalent character type. Being unable to develop characters of a different sex as well as characters whose sex matches the writers', many times the female characters end up being FlatCharacter DamselInDistress types. This also explains the presence of characterisation tropes such as LineageComesFromTheFather or NeverASelfMadeWoman.

A major effect of having male writers in greater proportion than female writers is that {{Fanservice}} tends to be skewed towards the male audience. The female character(s) are more likely to appear in {{Stripperiffic}} gear and have [[BuxomIsBetter large breasts]] (even when it sharply bends WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief) than the male characters are to receive a ShirtlessScene. Many times, the TokenGirl will be used primarily as an intentional MsFanservice, while MrFanservice tends to be less blatant. When a man [[ThePornomancer has the power to get some of the most beautiful women on the planet to pole dance]], he generally [[AllMenArePerverts tends to use it]].

Of course, for skilled writers, their sex will not affect their ability to write a cast with well-developed female characters as well as male characters, or appeal to a female demographic. They will write their female characters as actual people rather than including them because they have to or to make an {{Anvilicious}} point, and while {{Fanservice}} may not necessarily be absent, it tends to be more realistic and appealing to both sexes.

Outside of fiction, 'recognizable examples' also tend to be written with (heterosexual) men in mind. ([[AllGuysWantCheerleaders You know, like that time that hot cheerleader didn't want to go to the prom with you]].) This is especially common on [[ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet geeky websites]], though there are inversions.

Some women writers go so far as to adopt a masculine PenName-- a MoustacheDePlume-- in the belief (or [[ExecutiveMeddling their publishers' belief]]) that this will make them more marketable, especially in traditionally "male-oriented" genres. It's hard to say for sure whether that fact proves or disproves this trope; either way, there's probably an element of SelfFulfillingProphecy involved. (And on the other hand, to be fair, male writers have been known to take female pen names when writing for the [[GirlShowGhetto romance market]], for instance.)

Very much inverted when one gets into fanfictions - MostFanficWritersAreGirls. Thus the number of shipping stories regardless of the genre of the original material.

One of the major causes of MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial. Caused by WriteWhatYouKnow. See also MostGamersAreMale and GirlShowGhetto. For another type of disproportionate representation in media, see YouHaveToHaveJews. Compare MostWritersAreWriters.