Friday, December 18, 2009

BitchBuzz: Blogging by Gender

My latest BitchBuzz column is up. It was sparked by the revelation this week that the uber-macho blogger James Chartrand is really a woman and the reasons she gave for that mask:

Blogger James Chartrand revealed this week that "he" is actually a she and deliberately took up the name after finding it impossible to make a living as a female blogger and facing ridicule and dismissal. It's hard to tell whether female bloggers were more disgusted that pretending to be a misogynist jerk actually worked or depressed that nothing has changed about the contempt for "ladies" who write.

Feministing put the revelation into the context of the "pale/stale/male-ness of the media" as a whole and pointed to a study by the University of Maryland demonstrating the disproportionate threats women face online when identified by gender...


As always, you can read the rest at BBHQ. One thing I forgot to include was trying out the Gender Analyzer to see what its opinion was and got the following: "We guess http://menwithpens.ca/ is written by a woman (55%), however it's quite gender neutral." So the AI was not fooled by the macho graphics of the page.

This here blog of mine? "We guess http://katewombat.blogspot.com is written by a man (56%), however it's quite gender neutral."

I find it fascinating, the variety of ways we read gender into things. How gendered is your writing?

8 comments:

K. A. Laity said...

Oh and for the serial:

"We think http://kalaity.blogspot.com is written by a woman (65%)"

and the podcasts:

"We guess http://www.kalaity.com/blog/blog.html is written by a man (56%), however it's quite gender neutral"

and the bibliography:

"We think http://www.kalaity.com/bib.htm is written by a man (64%)"

Cranky Yankee said...

Guess what!!!

The New England Anomaly Blog is written by a man!

"We think http://neanomaly.blogspot.com/ is written by a man (66%)."

HAHAHAHA!!!

K. A. Laity said...

Macho, macho man; Cranky's gottta be a macho man!

Todd Mason said...

We think FIASCO was written by a fop, but a potential enemy of the National Security State fop, or a 61% chance of Pimpernel.

Happy several hours after your natal anniversary!

K. A. Laity said...

Who knew there was a fop analyzer -- does it look for powdered wigs and snuffboxes?

Thanks for the natal day wishes and a big smile.

Todd Mason said...

Snuffboxes, wristkerchiefs and Pimpernel-trigger fencing experience.

I treated myself on Kate Day to several Kate products.

K. A. Laity said...

Everyone should celebrate in like manner! So it is written, so it shall be done...

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