I got into a discussion a couple of months ago with a friend who claimed men seem to have a problem writing women. The basis for this was that generally men don't understand women in the same way women understand men. So a woman could write a believable man but a man would have trouble writing anything other than a one dimensional stereotypical women. I initially thought this didn't seem quite right but then I started a book - written by a man - that's got pretty good reviews. There's one main woman whose character seems inconsistent and two female children who seem very stereotypically. One of them is the posh princess type and the other is the naughty, does her own thing kid. And now I can't seem to think of a counter-example. I was wondering firstly what people thought about this and secondly if they had any good examples of men writing descent female characters, as I'm sure they must exist. No offence meant to any male writers, it just seemed an interesting point.