What I really want to know is, what's the ratio of drug use between girls and boys?Right, but I don't think I was responding to you, I was responding to somebody else saying that girls naturally develop verbal and language skills faster. If that's the case, is it just that they don't progress as far in the long run? And even if we disregard the long history of literature, let's take present day--women in the civilized world are given just as much encouragement as men (if not more) to pursue academia, and still no particularly good authors ('cept for Amy Hempel, who fucking RULES). But I really don't want to get into this whole argument, I'm already starting to feel beaten down by this thread. I've just always found that whole "girls learn this better" and "boys learn this better" stuff to be weird, and suspect that it's bullshit, so I was poking a hole at it with the "girls learn English faster" example. But please, let's not get into a thing, I beg of you.I agree entirely with you here. There are in fact more great male authors. This is a fact. But if you read my original comment, you'll see that what I was saying is that this imbalance has more to do with societal factors than any sort of innate talent. It's not that men are smarter, or more talented. It's that historically men have been more encouraged to write, and have been more often given the opportunities to develop and be recognized as great authors. It's no surprise that today the canon of great Western literature is 90% male-written.