Here’s something to think on: can male writers write female characters convincingly?  You can probably bring to mind some really glaring examples, or conversely, some really good ones.  Whatever your own thoughts, here are a few articles to read: (Ester Bloom writes on The Hairpin.) (Michele Willens on The Atlantic.  The website, not the ocean.) (An article by someone called, rather fabulously, John Sprunk.)

And if you really want to tie a knot in your thinking: What about transgender authors successfully writing gendered characters?