Whether it's a picture or a group of words, what we see and what we say trigger anchors within each person. Some people are used to men being jerks, so they respond to what we say with that in mind. Some are used to women burning them, so they reach to what we do or say in that way. Whether WE mean to come across that way or not.
Same holds true for the stories we write. Each reader may take our story a completely different way than we wrote it, based on their life experience.
Aren't emotions a wonderful thing?
For instance, I wrote a how-to manual of sorts. In it, I explained how each sex should treat the opposite sex with love. With respect. Some readers took it exactly that way while others came out of the reading experience saying that the book tells how to utterly disrespect women. How much of a pig I am. So be it. I simply evoked far different reactions within each reader.
This is what we should expect and even HOPE for in everything that we write.
If we aren't evoking STRONG emotions, guess what...that reader will likely NEVER pick up another thing that we write.
That's an aspiring best-selling author's death sentence.
Remember, even a horrid reaction is a GOOD reaction. We've touched their emotions.
Happy Father's Day!