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January 27, 2012

Why Is Google Embracing Sexist Gender Stereotypes?

According to Google, the Blog Princess is an [older] man living in a woman's body:


Many websites are part of the Google Display Network, a service which enables Google to show ads on those websites. Now since Google wants to show you ads that are relevant to you and your interests, it doesn't want to select them just based on the content of the sites you visit. So it quietly keeps track of the types of sites you visit in the Google Display Network and on partner sites in order to discover what appears to interest you the most.

Now before you panic, you should know that — according to Google — no personal information is recorded during this tracking process.


I seem to remember some text parser years ago telling me that VC was written by a man. It's a good thing I'm secure in my womanliness.


Posted by Cassandra at January 27, 2012 12:32 PM

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Hmmm. :considers the idea: No. Google's confused because of your interest in military affairs. They probably think I'm female because of the number of cooking and baking sites I visit.

Posted by: htom at January 27, 2012 02:12 PM

...the Blog Princess is an [older] man living in a woman's body....

Nah--it's because you're a semi-retired warrior princess....

Eric Hines

Posted by: E Hines at January 27, 2012 02:18 PM

I went to Google to look in their mirror, and I got this:

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If I can believe that....

Eric Hines

Posted by: E Hines at January 27, 2012 02:20 PM

Uhoh. It's thinks I'm a female aged 25-34.

A bit on the young side. However, I blame that on some very specific young-female-related research I've been doing lately. *coughcough*

Posted by: FbL at January 27, 2012 02:35 PM

*Awwww*....it says it can't tell me what I am until I enable cookies.
I think I have some in the kitchen.....

Posted by: DL Sly at January 27, 2012 03:13 PM

I would look at the google site, but with my luck and the number of times I visit MidwayUSA, Brownells, etc., an interrupt would occur deep in the bowels of Ft. Mead and J-No would respond to the I.B.S event by placing that <expletive deleted>, blacked-out SUV on station at the Hun hovel once again.

At least I don't have to worry about the Global Hawk loitering overhead for much longer. According to the Air Force Daily Report for Friday January 27, our CinC and the Congress widgets have determined that the U2 is good enough.

Francis Gary Powers was not available for comment.

Posted by: bthun at January 27, 2012 04:44 PM

That U-2S is a fine piece of 1950's design technology continuously updated...but when one feels the need....the need for speed...it's gotta be the Blackbird.

You know though that no good platform is retired unless there is a better replacement, although with our dolt-in-chief and Chef Panneti, we will likely be a 1 ship, 1AAV, 1 airplane, 1 soldier armed forces. I can't believe they don't know what they are doing - to leave us defenseless invites attack. And then what? Surrender? I think not. Good thing my .44 pistol can handle my .44 rifle ammo and vice versa.

Posted by: kbob in katy at January 28, 2012 04:47 PM

While I admit it took me a while to figure out what you folk were talking about... I guess that matches what google thinks about me.

It thinks I'm a 65 year old man.

I've *got* to quit buying viagra online, clearly.

Posted by: John of Argghhh! at January 30, 2012 05:25 PM