In a recent interview with Royal Geographic society author VS Naipaul said a women writer could never be his literary equal because they are too sentimental. I've never read Naipaul but when I worked at a bookstore I've always heard he's not the nicest person and wouldn't be attending any feminist rallies.
Besides talking about books, booksellers also talk about authors. Doing serious author intel before me make any assumptions. Reading interviews, paying close attention at author events, customers give great impartial info every time they tell a bookseller what they thought of an author at a book signing. There are a few other things, and its enough for booksellers to make educated guesses about an author's personality. I will admit its not always on the mark but in this case it was pretty spot on.
Many are outraged by Naipaul's comments which is as it should be. In one of the article's someone said you can't classify writing by gender. I actually think you can and there's nothing wrong with that. Women and men just write differently. A problem only arises when someone says one way is better than the other. There is no better simply different.
The Guardian UK put together The Naipaul Test: Can You Tell the Author's Sex
I got 7 out of 10 correct. If you take it come back and tell us how you did. Also do you think writing can be classified by gender?