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Wednesday, October 29, 2003
 
Amusing little toy at bookblog. Enter a bunch of text and the Gender Genie will tell you if the writer is male or female. Instapundit Glenn Reynolds got a female score of 777 and a male score of 931, which he joked made him a metrosexual, apparently a term coined by Howard Dean to describe men (like Howard Dean) who are in touch with their feminine side. I thought it might be fun to run a couple of Howard Dean's speeches through the Gender Genie to see how in touch he was; the answer turned out to be that it depends on the subject.

Howard's speech on restoring rural communities and preserving the family farm grades out at 2246 female, 3473 male, or about 39.3% female, 60.7% male. Dean's speech on environmental policy was more feminine, scoring 3726 for female and 4385 for male, or about 46% female. Dean's speech on Job Creation turned out to be more male, with a 3231 female score and a 4430 male score, or 42% female.

I spent a fun half hour copying and pasting columns into the Genie; while it's amusing I did feel that it's skewed towards answering "male" at least in terms of the political columns I copied. The latest two Ann Coulter columns graded out as male, as did the latest two Molly Ivins columns. Michelle Malkin came out as barely female in one column (discussing the strange bedfellows against the Patriot Act) and solidly male in another (on the New York Times' treatment of minority conservatives). Ellen Goodman comes out male in columns about Terry Schiavo and General Boykin. Indeed, the Malkin column was the only column that I could find that graded out as female.

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