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February 21, 2005

Well At Least I Still Throw Like A Girl....

Over at Tigerhawk, I ran across the Gender Genie, which 'analyzes' a sample of your writing and predicts your gender. With some trepidation, I used some old posts to take her out for a test drive:

Eason Jordan
Words: 700
(NOTE: The genie works best on texts of more than 500 words.)

Female Score: 508
Male Score: 1535
The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: male!

Richard Clarke
Words: 613
(NOTE: The genie works best on texts of more than 500 words.)

Female Score: 1233
Male Score: 1071
The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: female!

Double standard on Iraq
Words: 725
(NOTE: The genie works best on texts of more than 500 words.)

Female Score: 868
Male Score: 1280
The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: male!

This was not going well. I surveyed myself for telltale signs that I was in fact a man, trapped in a woman's body... I was worried..if I revealed these shameful results to my readers, would they start calling me the Blog Prince?

Finding nothing out of order, I then wondered whether this meant I'd have to rethink my choice of blogging attire. Nope, can't get much more 'female' than that... Do I even want to sound 'female'??? What in the heck does "female" sound like, anyway?

A random comment of Jack's caused me to wonder whether the subject matter would influence the results (would I sound more "male" when blogging on the War on Terror or Social Security than if I were discussing "gender issues"?) I decided to run a few items from my "Battle of the Sexes" archive through the Genie:

Sex, Porn, & Misogyny
Words: 807
(NOTE: The genie works best on texts of more than 500 words.)

Female Score: 1164
Male Score: 1257
The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: male!

Sad, but not universally true
Words: 810
(NOTE: The genie works best on texts of more than 500 words.)

Female Score: 1286
Male Score: 1413
The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: male!

Still came out 'male', but note that the scores are a lot closer. Interesting. Trudged into the Unit's lair to inform him of the results yesterday morning and received an unsympathetic response, which I have attempted to reproduce here:

[amused snort] "Well I could have told you that!"

At which point I hied me to the Inner Santum for a long, hot bubble bath.

Hmmmmph...

Posted by Cassandra at February 21, 2005 07:40 AM

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Comments

Cassandra, face it. You are transgendered as a blogger. And what is wrong with that? It just proves the gender genie doesn't discriminate, and in this PC world, you are being judged on ability!
Kwitcher bellyachin'. Being this kind of a switch hitter isn't a disgrace.

I wonder how Menstrual Rainbow's posts would measure up?

Posted by: Cricket at February 21, 2005 09:05 AM

Believe me Cricket, more horrible jokes have been going around inside my head now than you can possibly imagine... :)

Posted by: Cassandra at February 21, 2005 09:17 AM

Dare you cut and paste a couple of them?
*nudge nudge wink wink*

Posted by: Cricket at February 21, 2005 10:10 AM

No thanks - not giving the oinkers any more ammunition... I already get enough snark lobbed in my general direction :)

Posted by: Cassandra at February 21, 2005 10:12 AM

Heh! I don't have enough posts, and I have very little written to test out. However, I also had split results - 2 each out of 4 tried.

I found the list of keywords used pretty odd, my own self. Ah well, I like the company I keep ;-)

Posted by: Barb at February 21, 2005 10:53 AM

I haven't dared try. It might tell me other.
Barb, I like the company I keep here too.

Posted by: Cricket at February 21, 2005 10:55 AM

Interestingly, on the posts where I entered fewer than 500 words, I tended to come out "female".

Does this mean the longer I yammer on, the more "male" I sound? Or that the longer posts are more substantive (my guess) and the algorithm equates substantive (rightly or wrongly) with "male"?

Of course if all they're doing is using an empirically-gathered sample of keywords, again you have to wonder: was the subject matter of the blog posts balanced? (i.e., did they attempt to eliminate the influence of subject matter on word choice?)

My guess is, "no" :) Either that or I'm one butch chick...

Posted by: Cassandra at February 21, 2005 11:01 AM

Cass - I agree with your guess on the more substantive postings. And I also think that the algorithm has some odd gender connotations for what seem to be gender-less words. If we start feeding the Genie more posts, and 'training' it to recognize us as female, we may start to see less differences in the longer term ;-)

Posted by: Barb at February 21, 2005 11:25 AM

That's assuming the Genie can be taught and is both sentient and 'sensitive' to the female pen.

Posted by: Cricket at February 21, 2005 12:17 PM

Where's all the men-folk today? Goofing off because it's President's Day?

I cut and pasted some text from a report I wrote last month, and it predicted I was ......male!
So yeah, what does that mean?

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at February 21, 2005 12:37 PM

This men-folk be a-working hard, Don.
It's up to you to carry the VC Oink Banner to glory.

Posted by: spd rdr at February 21, 2005 12:51 PM

Too much... responsibility... must.. get back ...to real job. Ugh!
Flash those high-beams, kids. It's back on the rock'n'roll expressway!

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at February 21, 2005 01:13 PM

bawk, bawk bawk bawk bawk bawk bawk bawk ...

Posted by: Nobody but us chickens in here... at February 21, 2005 01:25 PM

I am thankful that today is President's Day -- it gives me one more day to work on my MSJ.

Cass,

Your maleness is obvious. Your posts are (1) substantive, (2) emply the use of a significant male triat: logic, (3) don't contain lots of feelings, crying or emotional words, (4) don't seek more "security", (5) don't harp on and on about your children and the size of your ass; and (6) usually stick to the present, with the exception of the Kerry posts which in true female fashion bring up facts 35 years old to throw back in a man's face (but in Kerry's case that was OK b/c he brought 'em up first).

Does that help?

*oink*
:@)

Posted by: KJ at February 21, 2005 02:18 PM

(2) "emply" should be "employ"

Posted by: KJ at February 21, 2005 02:19 PM

I still think the funniest thing about all of this is that even though I'm not sure I expected to "test" as a woman, my little nose was a bit out of joint when I came out a man!

If there is any more proof needed that I am indeed female, it must be that - we've never happy... I probably would have been royally miffed if I'd tested highly female, too :)

I guess it's like they always say, if you can laugh at yourself, you'll never be unamused for long...

Posted by: Cassandra at February 21, 2005 02:29 PM

Did you try any posts from Bush Ate My Soul... (notice not abbreviated)? Although her posts probably aren't the required length, they might provide some more evidence one way or the other... (I submitted my Why We Fight post and got 1112 female, 3902 male... [the audience cheers...]). Not that I was unsure about anything...

Posted by: Bubblehead at February 21, 2005 02:52 PM

KJ,
What does the size of Cassandra's donkey have to do with anything? I didn't even know she had a donkey.

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at February 21, 2005 05:37 PM

What does the size of Cassandra's donkey have to do with anything? I didn't even know she had a donkey.


LOL

Posted by: Rodney Dill at February 21, 2005 06:09 PM

Oh, Cass - that is so true. I can always find something I do to be laughable!

And when did you get a donkey? Why am I always the last to find out????

Posted by: Barb at February 21, 2005 06:35 PM

Grrr.... Size doesn't matter.

Don't you people know anything about anything???

Posted by: Cassandra at February 21, 2005 07:14 PM

#82! (That's an inside joke... SWWBO-readers will understand)

Now, lemme get this straight... Cricket admits maleness in your writing is the mark of quality...

"It just proves the gender genie doesn't discriminate, and in this PC world, you are being judged on ability!"

That, or she just said Cassandra is crap.

Did I read that right?

Posted by: John of Argghhh! at February 21, 2005 07:44 PM

re: 82... c'mon John, we know you paid her to say it.

And I'd go with the second interpretation :)

Except, of course, I'm Scottish, and as we all know... if it's not Scottish, it's crap.

Posted by: Cassandra at February 21, 2005 08:02 PM

Cass: Truer words were never spoken.

Posted by: Scottish Raider at February 21, 2005 08:17 PM

Yeah, but I admitted that...

As for Scottish... ya, right lassie. Everybody knows we Irish are better!

Well, at drinkin' ennyway.

Bloody Poofter Poms regardless!

Posted by: John of Argghhh! at February 21, 2005 08:49 PM

And now a word about the Scottish:

A Welshman, Irishman, Englishman and Scotsman went to a mutual friends funeral.

The Welshman laid a 5 pound note on his friends chest,"Here lad, here's the 5 pounds I owed you before you died."

The Irishman dug into his pocket, pulled out a 5-pound note, laid it on the deadman's chest,"Here old friend, here's the 5 pounds you lent me last year."

The Englishman pulled out a 5 pound note, and he too laid it on the dead man's chest,"Here old man, here's the 5 quid you lent me that I never repaid."

The Scotsman whipped out his checkbook, wrote a check for 20 pounds, laid it on the dead man's chest and scooped up the 3-5 pound notes," Aye, I owed him 5 pounds too, just getting my change"

Enough said about Scotsmen.

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at February 21, 2005 09:14 PM

If ya ain't Dutch, ya ain't much! [with exceptions of course being the euthanasia zealots, red light-ers, the government that keeps their drug addicts well supplied, and a few other..ahem...*quirks*. Their bakeries are BAMN good!..yes, BAMN. Stubborness isn't always a bad thing, when it translates into loyalty, ya know...(~;)]

Posted by: CKCat at February 22, 2005 12:42 AM

Oh for Pete's sake Don...

If you're going to tell Scottish jokes, tell a good one:

An American went back to Scotland to discover his roots. On travelling to a tiny hamlet, he asked around for Clan MacGregor. The townspeople exchanged knowing looks and said, "Ye'll be wantin' Rob MacGregor then... he's o'er the next hill". So he strode out to meet his kinsman.

Rob MacGregor was more than happy to show him around. "There've been MacGregors here tame out o' mind", said he. "Everywhere you look, you'll see traces o' yer ancestry". As they walked down the country lane, Rob pointed out a bridge. "Me Da built that bridge... but do they call me MacGregor the bridge builder? Nae, they don't, laddie".

Soon they came to a large and impressive fort. "Me Great-Granfer built that fort, don't ya know. But do they call me MacGregor the Fort Builder? Nae, they don't."

Finally they came to the ocean and there was a huge wooden vessel moored to the dock. "I built that ship wi' me own tae hands, I did. But do they call me MacGregor the Ship Builder? Nae, they don't..."

"...but you fook one sheep..."

Posted by: Cassandra at February 22, 2005 12:58 PM

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