The gender equaliser of fiction, the femme fatale is a counter-cultural figure. Between the pages, those seductresses will do anything, and not let any obstacle stand in their way. As manipulative as
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The Hairy Ball Theorem: why you can’t comb a coconut and the wind has to blow upwards
The proof is in: flawed characters makes for good writing.
There’s a theorem in physics that states–in mathematical terminology–if you try to comb down all the hairs of a three-dimensional round object like a coconut or tennis ball you can’t. What you end up with are tufts of hair that stick up at the poles. You can cut open a tennis ball and splay it out then comb your hand over it. All the hairs will fall over, but that’s cheating, you’ve made it two-dimensional.