It’s Not All Mary Poppins

The Gender Genie

Stephen found this site which will analyze a piece of writing and tell you, based on the frequency and weight of a series of key words, whether the writer was male or female. When Stephen did it, he was correctly identified as male!

I tried six different posts, three anecdotal short story posts, three essays.

The results were interesting. Two of the three anecdotal posts were identified as being written by a woman. Two of the three essay posts were apparently written by a man.

I’m not sure what conclusions I could or should draw from the exercise, but it’s interesting. Anyone else want to try it and see what they find?

April 29, 2007 - Posted by | memes and quizzes, random and odd, socializing


  1. I gave it my last post that was long enough. I was male:-) Only by a few words, but that’s what it decided. Since all aptitude/ability/outlook tests I take put me way at the female end of the brain spectrum, I feel that the gender genie is flawed. Still, the principle may be sound – women write differently from men (as a generalisation).

    Comment by juggling mother | April 29, 2007 | Reply

  2. I tried this some time ago – about half the pieces I chose at random came out as male, the rest (rather obviously, what else?) female.

    Comment by z | April 29, 2007 | Reply

  3. Most of my blog posts were male, but my creative writing was female. Interesting…

    Comment by Haley | April 29, 2007 | Reply

  4. My one was deemed male, the other female.

    Comment by Mamabones | April 30, 2007 | Reply

  5. I tried it on 6 posts and came out male on five of them (I’m female). I wasn’t surprised–I’ve never considered myself feminine–but nonetheless, putting mine together with yours, makes me wonder how good the research is on which this is based.

    Comment by addofio | April 30, 2007 | Reply

  6. I tried a couple more of my posts. I came out male on all of them.

    I included a post where I discuss helping a friend recover from a broken heart. I thought it might be considered a stereotypically female topic, but evidently I write like a man regardless.

    Comment by Stephen | April 30, 2007 | Reply

  7. I used three essays from my English 101 class *3.5 years ago* – I was female on two (about faith/morals), but masculine on the one about baseball. Three of three blog posts were feminine according to the genie. At least it worked for one of us.

    Comment by Angela | April 30, 2007 | Reply

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