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February 02, 2011

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but what if men just write more review-worthy books?

What is review-worthy, exactly? And, if what you suggest is true, how does this relate to the disparity in the book reviewers themselves?

Do as many women write books as men? (I have no idea.)

In the case of Wikipedia editors, I strongly suspect that a substantial fraction of them are people with Asperger Syndrome, and Asperger's predominantly occurs in men (the Wikipedia entry on Asperger's says "estimates of the sex ratio range from 1.6:1 to 4:1").

Perhaps Aspies represent a large contingent of book authors as well, though I wouldn't be as confident about guessing that. But if, for whatever reasons, men may be more inclined to become book authors, this disparity in the reviews wouldn't necessarily be shocking (as evidence, say, of gender discrimination), though it could still be troubling, since we might still prefer to have a parity of female voices out there even if women were less frequently inclined to become writers.

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