Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn
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Gender Genie

Gender Genie is a research project(?) that tries to guess the gender of someone based on text samples they submit. Try it!. I acknowledge that hvincent provided the initial pointer. It looks like it works by analysis of words (and maybe phrases?).

Based on several submissions of my writing, my gender as measured by the tool is indeterminate with leanings towards being female. I'm not sure what concept of gender/sex they're using, but I'm not entirely surprised. I recall breaking gender roles in the past on some manners, and resenting when my parents reinforced them on me. At this point, I don't assign them much meaning beyond being culturally-dependent entities that I have no particular desire to propogate. I sometimes wonder if my gender-ambiguous notions of sexual attractedness (which differ interestingly from my female-focused notions of dating attractiveness) *are* biological to some degree, but that's wandering into a debate that's going on ad nauseum. Still, it'd be interesting to know if that site is picking up on some underlying regularity between that and my writing style, or if it's mostly other stuff. Hmm.

On the topic of sex/gender, I've been having an argument on OKCupid's discussion system. I'm kind of amused by the dating sites, and while I don't know if I'll actually end up meeting someone on them and having it work out, it's interesting just to see how people express themselves there. In this case, there was a girl who happened to comment on the recent legal matters relating to abortion in the United States, and it seemed like an angry rant that wasn't well thought through. I replied with a dissection of her points, and things have continued from there. I get the impression that she's a type of feminist of a very different flavour than I am in a way that some atheists I've met are atheists of a very different type - their passion comes from an anger causing them to be a bit loopy, and they can't help but express that anger in every discussion they're in. I believe and hope that I'm never in that category - I hope that my attacks are generally not personal and that I'm careful in discussions not to provoke people by anything but ideas. Maybe I fail sometimes.. and of course I don't know her, so all this is conjecture. Anyhow, here's her original comment, click on "view comments' for the conversation.

Also, it's raining, which makes me very happy. I'm probably going to take a barefoot walk around the neighbourhood and get awesomely wet. Hurrah!

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