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 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 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?


  1. K. A. Laity says:

    Oh and for the serial:"We think is written by a woman (65%)"and the podcasts:"We guess is written by a man (56%), however it's quite gender neutral"and the bibliography:"We think is written by a man (64%)"

  2. Guess what!!!The New England Anomaly Blog is written by a man!"We think is written by a man (66%)."HAHAHAHA!!!

  3. K. A. Laity says:

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

  4. Todd Mason says:

    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!

  5. K. A. Laity says:

    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.

  6. Todd Mason says:

    Snuffboxes, wristkerchiefs and Pimpernel-trigger fencing experience.I treated myself on Kate Day to several Kate products.

  7. K. A. Laity says:

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

  8. Anonymous says:

    Dear Author ! Fine, I and thought.

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