Gender in Writing: The Takeaway

I pasted the contents of my blog into a word cloud generator (up until the point I made this post) and this was the results. I also ran my content through a gender analyzer. The writing was analyzed two times – once for informal writing, and once for formal writing.

Fear the Content Sphere

As you can see here, I have generated a giant circle filled with words. These words are different sizes based on the amount of times these words appear in the blog – the bigger the word, the more times this word was used. So for example, I have used the word “women” 34 times, and the word “men” 19 times. It should serve as a good yardstick for the topics I have talked about on my blog so far.

The gender analyzer is much more interesting. I’m a transgender man, but I only came out in my early twenties and started living as such since then. Therefore, my writing should reflect a “female” upbringing, if gendered socialization applies the same way to transgender people as it does to cisgender people. But instead, the gender analyzer still counts me as “male.” I’m not sure what to conclude from this. Perhaps the fact that passive voice and certain language is counted as “feminine” might be a product of our social environment, and certain individuals accept and reject language that might be stereotypical for whatever reasons. I don’t know. I’m exhausted. Can we just stop the discourse and stare at the sphere again? Look at how round it is. It’s so soothing.

Genre: Informal
Female = 12700
Male = 21672
Difference = 8972; 63.05%
Verdict: MALE

Genre: Formal
Female = 11912
Male = 15794
Difference = 3882; 57%
Verdict: Weak MALE

Weak emphasis could indicate European.

Curious about that last bit, mostly because I am assuredly not European, I decided to see which writer I write like the most, using the aptly named “I Write Like” program. Which was interesting.

“I write like Edgar Allan Poe.”

I guess that makes sense, considering that I’ve heard that Edgar Allan Poe is an AMERICAN writer that is popular in Europe. I refuse to get into an argument about how masculine or feminine Edgar Allan Poe is, or the masculinity or femininity of European males, at this time. Please leave a message in my inbox and I’ll get back to you.




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