October 30, 2003

I Want My Toaster Oven

Since I'm such the sheeple, I trotted on over to gender genie and ran 3 blog entries through.

The gender genie identified me as male all three times. When I submitted the correction, it called me "one butch chick."

Of course, I have been named an honorary lesbian by some of my fellow workers...

Does this mean I qualify for the free toaster oven?

Actually, I wonder if my writing style skews masculine because of what I tend to read--I read very little female-authored lit (Jane Austen and Florence King are the notable exceptions) and the remainder of my reading time is spent on history tomes which are mostly male-authored.

But the really burning question here, of course, is do I qualify as a metrosexual?

Posted by Big Arm Woman at October 30, 2003 09:22 AM

I keep seeing metrosexual in reference to men in touch with their feminine sides (aka Sensitive New Age Guy). RJM thought it was some kind of city bus fetish. I want a cool word for women in touch with their masculine sides. Maybe caperesexual, from the root for "capable" which means to take. Hmmm. Gender Genie thinks I'm a guy too, apparently because I use the word "the". My mother would tell you it's because this is my first incarnation as a woman (uh huh - she's that sort of mom); RJM posits it's due to my working in a heavily male industry, where I have to write like a guy to command respect. I prefer your more literary explanation.

Posted by: Jaq at October 30, 2003 11:38 AM

My scores:
Female Score: 1015
Male Score: 1087

Androgyny, sweet androgyny.

Posted by: Academy Girl at October 30, 2003 12:25 PM

Jaq -

I do think what we read influences our style--the best example of this is the fact that before I taught Freshman Comp my GRE grammar scores were HIGHER than after I taught for three years.

I was afraid that if I kept teaching I'd be like the sentient rat in Flowers for Algernon--aware of the inevitable loss of intellect but powerless to stop it.

Posted by: BAW at October 30, 2003 01:17 PM

I got "male" by a factor of 2 each time... except when an exerpt would mention "cat" "kitty" or "kitten". Then it went toward "female".
I am so very tempted to submit a bit where I mention "Dick" Nixon a few times. :)

Posted by: LeeAnn at October 30, 2003 02:33 PM

-If BAW is a metrosexual, she can run for president. This might be good.

-I think a metrosexual is a man who gets a haircut more than once a year, shaves daily, and has something other than jeans, sweatpants, and overalls in his wardrobe. But then, Ben Affleck is supposed to be the very model of a modern metrosexual, so eeeew.

Posted by: Captain Yips at October 30, 2003 02:43 PM

A toaster oven? A real gender-bender would ask for power tools or better yet, a Universal Remote Control!

BTW, even though I consider myself a (sniff) sensitive male, my score was 1654 F to 2845 M.

'Scuse me, whilst I scratch and spit. Ptui!

Posted by: LittleA at October 30, 2003 04:42 PM

I've found that if I put in a post that I edited well and thought was well written that I come up as male every time. If I put in something that I dashed off without thinking, it says I'm female.

So does that mean that you have to write like a man to be a good writer?

Posted by: Jordana at October 31, 2003 10:49 AM