Saturday, September 27, 2003
( 12:59 AM ) Jackie
Doodling around on the web this evening I came upon the Gender Genie. Based on a writing sample, the Gender Genie will determine whether you are male or female.
I submitted three blogs.
Little Things Mean a Lot
Female Score: 701
Male Score: 659
Bush statement - no link between Iraq and the 9/11 attacks -relegated to page 5 of Oakland Tribune
Score:Female Score: 211
Male Score: 761
Is the (California Governor) Recall a Right Wing Plot?
Score: Female Score: 427
Male Score: 1161
These were all fairly short blogs so I checked out the tool on a chapter of detective fiction that I've been working on. This was written several years ago.
Female Score: 4760
Male Score: 4375
Now I'm hooked. So I thought I'd check out a couple of chapters from last years novel written for National Novel Writing Month.
Female Score: 1643
Male Score: 1729
That surprised me as the chapter I selected was rather gentle in tone. So I tried a couple of longer chapters.
Female Score: 4678
Male Score: 6461
The tool asks you to state your actual gender and makes a comment on the results. The comment on this one was "That is one butch chick."
I decided to check a chapter with a lesbian sex scene
Female Score: 5100
Male Score: 4398
It turns out that this tool is not about the content of the passage being checked or even the "content words". The analysis gives lists of "female" and "male" words. For example, "the" is a male word and 'be" is a female word.
I'm not sure what to make of this. And it's too late at night/early in the morning to think about it!
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