I didn’t believe this to be unusual and never thought of it as having important implications. But I’ve come to conclude that the shedding of tears and childish chatter is a window into the bundle of advantages that girls have, and that given equal opportunity, modernity favors girls.
These advantages are manifested in our prisons and on college campuses. For every 100 men incarcerated, there are seven incarcerated women. For every four women graduating from institutions of higher learning, there are three men. In that girls are not born more virtuous, law-abiding or smarter than their brothers, it must be something in their behavioral inclinations that promote higher educational achievement and lower criminal behavior.