I quit trolling for blogs a long time ago. But, every once in a while I find new one to add to my list (generally via comments on one of the blogs that I do read, or on my own blog). In this case, I just discovered Legal Quandary. As I was perusing her site, I came across an entry for the Gender Genie. Well, after all, am I going to pass up trying such a thing? I mean, come on, get real!
Depending upon your perception of my sex, the genie got it wrong/right every time. It identified my writing as being written by a male. Of course, it also identified other female law students in the same way.
But, what I found particularly interesting is the algorithm used. It searches out supposed "feminine" or "masculine" words and then gives them each a value. The top three under feminine are: "him, so, because" and the top three under masculine are: "some, this, as". Interestingly, though, the word I use most often that genie thinks makes me male is "the".
So, apparently if I want my writing to pass as a woman's, I need to talk about him so much more often! (That sentence scored a 242 on the female scale and a 62 on the male scale -- woohoo!)