Friday, November 21, 2008

Science Tells Me This Blog Is 83% Masculine

Posted by Alan Childress
According to an algorithm used by the site GenderAnalyzer, this blog is likely written by a man or men, to the level of 83% certainty.  I plugged in our URL and that is what they say.  We are 83% manly.  That's not so shocking, though as always we welcome the guest comments and posts of women -- and proudly feature the occasional post by contributing editor Nancy Rapoport of UNLV.  But lest you think that Nancy's contributions cut 17% from our total masculinity, please note that her solo blog rates her in a way that'd threaten Mike, Jeff, Bill, and myself if we were not so damn secure; as to Nancy's blog, the analyzer says:  "We think is written by a man (86%)." 

That makes Nancy 3% manlier than us.  Worse: if you consider that her manliness contributed to our overall score of 83%, that might mean that our actual masculinity, controlling for the variable
"Nancy," is closer to 79%.  OK, we are a little threatened now.  Plus Nancy may not be entirely pleased to know that [robots think that] she writes like a stereotypical male.  I just wish she knew how to express her emotions more openly.  Oh well, maybe she should buy some Chantix.

For your information, the WonL blog by a former GW student and now-DC-lawyer (a woman), gets this assessment:  "We guess is written by a woman (54%), however it's quite gender neutral."  And Legal Ethics Forum gets a manscore of 81%; I am guessing that Andy Perlman's posts drag the score way down. 

Carolyn Elefant's fine solo blog MyShingle rates a score of 88% man.  This despite the fact that her second most recent post is about Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House On The_Prairie.  Makes me wonder about the science behind this trusty analyzer.  If she commented on The Terminator movies or Bad Boys 2 would she have scored a "99.9% guy"?  Only allusions to The English Patient and The Notebook could dip her below 75%?

Fearless Leader Paul Caron at TaxProf is plenty male: 92%!  Michael Froomkin at is exactly as male as us, 83%; and he has a seriously interesting post on a teen's webcam suicide event in Florida.  Web-watchers egged the teen on, till he died.  Peer pressure is awful, I think worse than when we were kids.

There is also an analyzer of personality type, at this other Swedish scientific site, using Myers-Briggs.  Our blog rates us as The Thinker type, "especialy attuned to difficult creative and intellectual challenges and always look for something more complex to dig into." (Who sculpted The Balding Thinker?  That would be ... Rogain.)  Paul Caron is "the duty fulfiller" type.  A tax prof as a "responsible and hardworking type...especially attuned to the details of life"???  Hmm, shocking.

Hats Tip to Minor Wisdom and the Legal Writing Prof Blog.

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For the record: Ratio Juris (, where I blog, received a patriotic manly score of 76%. And we too are of "The Thinker" type, but I suspect my last post, on the "Ode to the Commode" (or its real title: 'Global Distributive Justice: Sanitation and Toilets'), cinched it for that one.

Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Nov 21, 2008 9:18:22 PM

Ann Bartow of Feminist Law Professors may be surprised to learn that "We think is written by a man (79%)." ('tis true, the occasional man blogs there, but....)

OK, this is just too much fun.

Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Nov 21, 2008 9:28:23 PM

That is a great catch about Ann Bartow's blog. A great catch. (Please be the one to tell her!) Could it be that the rigorous science behind the Analyzer is not as perfect as it seems? And then you wax poetic about the john and it makes you barely less manly than Ann?

So I tried Susan Scafidi's amazing blog Counterfeit Chic, and she is rated a woman by 55%. And the haute tattoo site (by a woman lawyer) and she rates 100% woman. My novelist-brother's website is 100% man, while my personal website is 93% man. The knitting blog chicknits is 69% woman. Sarah's knitting blog is ... crashing the website.

Posted by: Alan Childress | Nov 22, 2008 7:08:36 AM

I tried the link for our blog and it doesn't work, so try this:
(sans the closed parenthesis above)

Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Nov 22, 2008 8:25:21 AM

OK, I totally loved this. And perhaps it's that hardy married-to-a-former-Marine studliness that got me that rating!

Posted by: Nancy Rapoport | Nov 22, 2008 4:29:43 PM

Well, my Random Academic Thoughts (RATs) is only 66% male! And it's Typealyzed as "The Mechanics" -- the independent and problem solving type. I am very lost.

Posted by: John Flood | Nov 24, 2008 3:31:07 AM

John, As I recall you are obsessive about pekes and are a Brit. Res ipsa loquitur.

Posted by: Alan Childress | Nov 24, 2008 7:37:24 AM

Ok, John, I admit I was just lashing out at you because the analyzer exposed my own machosity issues, maybe stemming from the time I owned two cats. --ALAN

Posted by: Legal Profession Prof | Nov 25, 2008 5:10:28 PM

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