While listening to "The Women of Smith" and reading G. Brooke's blog, I happened upon the Gender Genie, which purports to predict an author's gender with 80% accuracy.
After submitting my description of our trip to the reservation, it gave me the following score:
Female Score: 712
Male Score: 1498
The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: male!
When I told it it was wrong, it replied:
That is one butch chick!
(I guess my ex was right....)
I'd love to know their rationale - on the breakdown of masculine and feminine words, "the" "is" "if" "in" and "this" showed up as masculine, while "him" "because" "since" and "too" were among the feminine keywords. Don't quite get that - what makes "is" masculine" and "am" feminine? I don't see any possible positive connection.
And now there's a part of me wondering "have I always been told I write well because I write masculinely?" That would be... disconcerting, at least.
[Later: my ice cream rant from this summer came in at Female: 517 Male: 2347, and even my "where are the books by women" rant came in at Female: 1389 Male: 1606. So content matter that might stereotypically or obviously be by a woman clearly has no effect, or at least little effect.]