But forget what science says about "girls maturing faster" and other things that are actually true, because as many a dude has said before me: I got one better than science. I got 90s movies to be my guide in this. Now, any casual viewing of the medium will probably confirm my thesis easily, but right off the bat you might hop off your seat exclaiming "nuh-uh, that McCaulay Culkin kid from My Girl was pretty smart!" And yes, when it came to school there's no doubt he had smarts. The glasses tell you that. The hole in the theory? He died! Here he was actually getting a girl to like him, and I mean, really like him... and then he decides to just go and die one day. Not too bright if you ask me. And then he was too dumb to even keep his glasses on at the wake! I mean, come on. He can't see without his glasses! Even in death we need pampering.
Matilda on the other hand is a math and reading savant who doesn't even need school to function in the genius level, and she can even move shit with her friggin' mind! Now that's "girl power" for you! Both Kevin and Matilda are very capable of taking care of themselves, as Matilda is basically self-taught in everything and Kevin does all his own chores and shopping. But Matilda also reads profusely, everything from classic literature to tax law, and absorbs everything, so she can figure out more mature ways to bust an opponent than Matchbox cars on the stairs. What about Kevin? He reads Playboy and watches gangster movies. Matilda's downside though is that she needs to get emotional before she can use her powers to their fullest extent. The problem is... it takes quite a torrent of Danny Davito parental abuse to charge up that battery!
So basically, you know where this is going... In a battle royale between Kevin and Matilda, I'm still going to have to give it to the Matil-dog. She could easily out-maneuver all of the Kevlar's ingenious and psychopathic traps with just her mind, and also chuck heavy objects at him as well, without any preparation, so it's no contest. Girls rule. Case closed.
(And don't even get me started on Minkus vs. Harriet the Spy... She is a spy after all, she can sneak up on him! Case closed.)
Seriously though... the fact is, girls may do a lot of downright asinine things (like play with the Dream Phone), but at least their schemes pay off for them. Meanwhile, we boys gleefully Roshambo each other to the point of puking, and ... for what exactly? At least girls know what they're doing when they manipulate and overthink everything. Males of this species never know what they are doing, period, whether asinine or completely justified. But fear not, being dumber is not necessarily a bad thing. All those nutshot challenges and off-the-roof trampoline jumps may look dumb on our part, but it just means we take more risks. For some, it means you go off and build the first airplane or invent the first jetpack. For most, it means you get your head stuck in a chair in the 1st grade. All those idiot jokes we make, that just means we aren't so self-inhibited. For some, that means we're so unafraid about what people think of us that we lead a social movement for some worthy goal. For most though, it means that when you raise your hand in class and get called on, you will then proceed to let out a looooooong burp... loudly.
Around girls at school I liked, I basically just answered all their "what is your favorite animal"-type questions and watched them swoon whenever I randomly interjected "dolphins" (all the girls back then wanted to be marine biologists after Free Willy). They loved my sensitive sides. Around girls at school I didn't like, I was still eating the fish food, but for the opposite reason (although the little marine biologists among them might have dug my "sensitivity" for the fish). In truth though, dolphins rock. I just liked them because of the Sega game Ecco the Dolphin, where they could fly in the air in the future, beat up sharks, and attack giant squid monsters! (Ah, Medusa, we shall meet again). I guess the girls just liked them because dolphins are also an animal that is probably "smarter than boys." And they are probably right.
But that's how it is.