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That's one thing that nags at me all the time. How do others interpret my writing style?
If they were to read one of my five or six paragraph rants would they think a man wrote
it or a woman? Is my diction too turgid to naturally be one gender or the other?

From my own experience reading the works of Dion Fortune, Mme. Helena Blavatsky, or
Camille Paglia clearly proves that women are fully capable of elaborate and cerebral writing
with vast and impressive vocabularies. I certainly wouldn't have thought otherwise; but we
live in a world where genders are supposed to fit their molds. Men are passionate, assertive
and intellectual; women are passive, humble and simple in thought; and any variation
outside of this "norm" is considered to be an anomaly or a peculiar turn of events for that
one individual turning them out "advanced" (i.e. "you're pretty smart...for a girl" ).

But history tells us that the women of antiquity — long before any patriarchal takeover —
were the leading minds of all higher education, scientific discovery, mathematics, art, and
so on. Many of you may take this as myth, but what I'm referring to are the civilisations
that populated Appalachia (city of Atlantis) and Oceana (city of Lemuria). Then came the
flood and washed away with flora and fauna was the goddess traditions and the high
reverence of the feminine.

So, I think it's important to bring into focus a woman's genius, and that — with proper
understanding of both men and women as being equally capable of genius — it is
completely impossible to identify gender in printed word. And honestly, I'd rather not
run into a situation where someone decides to accuse me of being male from writing
something highly verbose and exceptionally nuanced in the subjects of psychology,
or religion, or sociology.

Would you say this is a valid point or am I being too paranoid?

I sometimes play a game called Bad Eggs Online.  The only way to communicate us via a text chat.  There is no voice chat.  There are no pictures, video, or voice.  But there are a lot of horny teenagers.

One day, I got tired of being hit on by the kids.  So I changed my avatar to a male avatar.  People promptly started telling me the various things I was doing wrong.  As in, "if you want people to think you're a guy, you need to do _______."  So no one was fooled and, after a few games, I gave up.

Then, some months later, I was having again dealing with annoying teens.  So I did the same thing.  And again had the same result. 

It's was very weird.  I still have no idea what happened there or how anyone would know that I wasn't quite male.

But I guess it shows that a part of gender is its performance.  How we talk and how we act are gender cues as much as how we look.  And that applies even to what we write in pure text. 

If I didn't tell people I was female back before I knew about being FTM, everyone assumed I was male.

I have no idea how my writing is perceived, tbh.  I would say the difference in writing between genders probably has more to do with style and structure than vocabulary or intellect tho.


--- Quote from: BunnyBee on December 26, 2014, 09:00:37 pm ---I have no idea how my writing is perceived, tbh.  I would say the difference in writing between genders probably has more to do with style and structure than vocabulary or intellect tho.

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I've always been terrible at vocalising my thoughts and feelings (thanks, Asperger's), so writing naturally became my outlet. I never expressed myself in any particular gender direction. I think growing up and being immersed in the expected social environments plays a big part in how one might tend to have a recognisable male or female style.

I only ever had one or two friends at a time. My childhood bestie was a tomboy, and we'd run around letting our imaginations run wild as we'd seek out invisible creatures and creep ourselves out with fantastical ideas about what might be lurking in the window of some abandoned house or the deep of the woods. When we'd play with Ninja Turtle action figures we weren't battling the baddies with lots of sound effects; we'd actually create unique storylines while giving them dialog that you might see in some supernatural drama.

I never joined in with any boy activities, or played any sports, or did any "rough-housing". It was always about creating elaborate fantasies, playing piano, reading, writing, drawing and singing along to Mariah Carey or New Kids On The Block (that is, until I discovered progressive rock when I was 13).

So, I can't even contemplate what my writing style says about me, gender-wise. I always knew — somewhere in some vague place in my brain — that I was different. I even experimented in the bathroom with clothes and makeup, but still it never crossed my mind why I did it. I've always just been Me, whatever that was.

The only thing I can think of that would suggest any underlying masculinity is how much I rely on logic and reason, but only from a philosophical place. I've always been equally emotionally sensitive. It's like I have no Left-Brain or Right-Brain dominance. I just know who I am, and the only way to express that fully is through this transition.

Here are two quotes from two different people. Tell me which one you think came from a man and which one came from a woman:

△ "No enunciation of the Truth will ever be complete, no method of training will ever be suitable for all temperaments, no one can do more than mark out the little plot of infinity which he intends to cultivate, and thrust in the spade, trusting that the soil may eventually be fruitful and free from weeds so far as the bounds he has set himself extend....”

△ “Plato defined good as threefold in character: good in the soul, expressed through the virtues; good in the body, expressed through the symmetry and endurance of the parts; and good in the external world, expressed through social position and companionship.”


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