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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonnyboy View Post
    Female, only because a woman would be more likely to create a thread of this nature IMO.
    Why would you think so? Would men be less interested in how gender comes across (or doesn't) in writing, applied to themselves or more generally? Several people have made this suggestion, which I find curious. I know far more men than women who would be disturbed at being mistaken for the opposite gender.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kasper View Post
    Online unless someone has an overtly "feminine" presence ie girly name, avatar or way of expressing themselves the assumption is often made that they are male. As the old saying goes "there are no women online".
    That's pretty much how it goes (especially when it concerns gaming), unless you happen to be browsing on a female-dominated forum or what not. Then the 'default' gender would immediately be changed to female.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coriolis View Post
    Why would you think so? Would men be less interested in how gender comes across (or doesn't) in writing, applied to themselves or more generally? Several people have made this suggestion, which I find curious. I know far more men than women who would be disturbed at being mistaken for the opposite gender.
    Sure, but on the internet or in person? Remember, this is the internet, where most everyone is male until proven otherwise.
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    They might be particularly put out online, precisely because the default assumption seems to be male. It would take much more, then, to override it. (Unless, of course, they are deliberately posing as female for some reason.)

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    For some reason, I thought you were most likely a guy.....

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    What reason?

    I did consider that just asking these questions might bias the results, but it seemed the most straightforward way to start the topic. I am more interested in general about how our writing reflects gender, assuming we are being ourselves and not making any deliberate attempt to appear one way or the other. People can use my writing as an example, or other people's, or just comment more generally.

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    I think you're a female, but I don't know your age. If you're 30+ then I change my answer to male.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
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    Whether or not I think it's accurate (and I don't), I'm going to guess that to the average reader, flatter and/or more impersonal writing is going to sound more male, while more emotive and/or "fussier" writing will come off as more female.

    Usually where the confusion happens is either when a person fits in the opposite gender's cliche... or comes across as ambiguous for mixing together elements of both cliches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coriolis View Post
    Another member asked me once, was I male or female. I realized I never did answer. Before doing so, I'd like to see what people think.
    Often the avatar or name makes it obvious what gender the person is (e.g. Lady X). Other than that I try to figure out the gender based on their posts. Often reading a few posts in the relationship forum makes it obvious what gender a person is.

    In your case I don't know but I'm leaning female 55% certainty, male 45%. I think Coriolis sounds more like a female name (but the avatar is something I'd guess a male would have).
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    I do a vanity search, and I found myself slandered again by Jennifer.

    Slandered? Being called female is an insult?





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