Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Question for the guys

I'm curious: How often, if ever, are you mistaken for a woman on the internets?

13 Comments:

At November 20, 2007 at 6:47 PM, Blogger Roy said...

Not very often. Most of the time I use my name, though, which I'd rank as "moderately high" on the gendered scale.

 
At November 21, 2007 at 7:02 AM, Blogger Gino said...

never.
but like roy said, my name gives it away.

when i first saw YOUR name, i thought you a guy at first, a gay guy, because i saw you at andy's and thought it was just some gay lawyer who was being creative with his moniker.(like boi from troy).
but after reading your comments,and checking your profile, i knew you were not.

 
At November 21, 2007 at 1:55 PM, Blogger The Law Fairy said...

I think the gender misidentification has happened to me maybe about a quarter of the time (maybe a little more) when I'm using my internet pseudonym. But when I post anonymously, I'd say that at least 90-95% of the time, unless I've clearly identified myself as a woman, people assume I'm male.

So what about when you guys post anonymously? Or do you never post anonymously? :)

 
At November 21, 2007 at 5:02 PM, Blogger Gino said...

i never post anon, cept at Vas's blog, where i dont have a LJ account, and then i have to 'member to 'sign' my name at the end so she knows its me.

it could be the blogs you post anon at are primarily male-dominated, so the crowd just assumes you are one of them?
or, maybe its the topics you respond to?

it could be that when you are posting, you are using a more 'direct' mix of language, which is generally a guy's way of communicating.
ex...
'you suck' is guy speek
'you're not very nice' is more gal speak.
or, perceived these ways, at least.

i've noticed, when you are being cantankerous, you tend to be more direct,at least at the outset. as the discussion wears on, you become a tad more wordy, more explanatory in your ideas.

maybe, this might explain the misperception?
just guessing.

 
At November 21, 2007 at 10:29 PM, Blogger The Law Fairy said...

And what makes you think I'm cantankerous when I'm anonymous? ;)

In seriousness, I think you're probably right. It's just interesting to me that some people think of certain views, or certain ways of communicating, as "male" and others as "female." Not surprising, but interesting.

 
At November 22, 2007 at 7:16 AM, Blogger Gino said...

"I think you're probably right."

i'll remember this quote, as i'm not likely to get it from you again for a long time. :)

have a happy thanksgiving.
no work, and a long weekend, is always nice,aint it?

 
At November 22, 2007 at 9:39 AM, Blogger The Law Fairy said...

Good idea, Gino ;)

Happy Thanksgiving. And now, off to make scones! Wish me luck...

 
At November 22, 2007 at 8:04 PM, Blogger Gino said...

oh, my...
and she cooks,too.

i love scones.
i used to make more a butter shortbread type. but any scone, fresh out of the oven, is awe inspiring in and of itself

 
At November 23, 2007 at 10:17 AM, Blogger The Law Fairy said...

It was my first attempt. They turned out not too bad. Not as good as Mom's, but not bad. So hopefully the next time around I'll have really gotten the hang of it.

 
At November 24, 2007 at 9:14 AM, Blogger Linnaeus said...

I don't think I've ever been mistaken for being female. When I use my real, it's pretty obvious that I'm a man. My internet pseudonyms tend to look masculine or refer to men (such as the one I'm using here). A few times, people have expressed uncertainty as to my gender, but that's the closest I've ever gotten to being mistaken for a woman.

 
At November 24, 2007 at 9:54 AM, Blogger Andy said...

Umm...never? Though at my last job, I did receive a cover letter from an applicant addressed to "Dear Ms. Andy."

I think the more important question, is, how many times have I seen a hot guy walking down the street and then they turn around and I realize it's a lesbian?

 
At November 24, 2007 at 10:10 AM, Blogger The Law Fairy said...

Thanks for the responses. I'm actually not surprised -- it seems to me that the default assumption for people who aren't clearly women is that they are men. Hmmm, I should look into writing a paper about this or something.

Andy, that is hilarious. I feel your pain, in a way -- I've fallen for a gay guy on more than one occasion :P

 
At November 26, 2007 at 5:26 PM, Blogger DJRainDog said...

I'm weighing-in late, here, (surprise surprise) but I think I always assumed you were a woman. Back at the old digs on Diaryland, I had one regular reader who wasn't aware I was a guy, but I think generally, the language I use probably makes it obvious, no?

 

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