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I've always thought that gender is more of a sliding scale than a binary choice — you're not just one or the other, but that everyone falls somewhere in the spectrum between fairy princesses and Hulk Hogan. It's a snips, snails, and puppydog tails day in the news — gender, and our perception of it, is hot.

  • Ever wanted to know what gender your computer thinks you are? With a tiny click you can find out what your browser history says about your skirt or pant-wearing habits (gross generalization, noted.) Using data from the web demographic wizard Quantcast, the tricky program will analyze you in a second. Perhaps proving my sliding scale theory (apologies to the scientific theory) I scored 50 percent male and 50 percent female. How about you?

Really who wouldn't want a tutu and a wand? To see what else is happening in the world of gender (hint: Third-Sex toilets and naked parades!)


  • A school in rural Thailand discovered that a full 10 percent of the boys consider themselves to be transsexuals, and are uncomfortable with using the boys' bathroom. The solution? A third-sex toilet was installed to serve the middle of the spectrum population. I'm sure you're wondering — the little picture on the door is split down the middle, half boy, half girl.
  • The Olympics gender-testing is underway. A throw-back to the 1960s when (gasp!) women athletes had to parade naked in front of judges to prove their girlihood. It's a scientifically dicey practice, as some women do test more masculine than others due to a chromosomal birth defect. The tests have never uncovered a gender switcheroo, but one case in the modern Olympics exists. In 1936 a German athlete was forced by the Nazis to compete as a woman. He/she scored fourth.
  • Maybe like the US is embracing the purple-state from the melding of red and blue, gender is moving lavender from the girlie pink and the little boy blue? Is that some sugar, spice, and everything nice?


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shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 8 years
I have a 97% likelihood of being a female. I think that fits me pretty well?
Roarman Roarman 8 years
I just had a gender discussion with my 8 year old the other day. She was telling me that kids were calling her a tomboy and saying that she didn't like girlie things. I explained that there should not be such a thing, if she likes to play sports and get dirty but happens to be a girl so be it. And on the other side if there is a boy who is into clothes and dolls, it shouldn't be a big deal either. My daughter also likes art, dolls and clothes. She is just a well rounded individual. My one year old son plays with his sisters dolls and carries my purse around, not a big deal.
Z-E-R-O Z-E-R-O 8 years
This reminds me of a fascinating show I watched a couple of days ago on the Nat Geo channel about the acceptance of a 3rd gender in other cultures/countries. I knew about its prevalence in Thailand and India, but the show informed me of the acceptance of it in Polynesia, too. I found it interesting that this 3rd gender was even documented by the missionaries when they arrived on the islands many moons ago.
em113 em113 8 years
oh and hypnotic, pretty much all of the bathrooms in my school's housing system are gender-neutral. For the most part it's not a big deal, but I've lived on halls with some VERY gross dudes, and I wish we had three options instead of just one gender-neutral space.
em113 em113 8 years
Mine says I'm 100% female even though I go to sites they designate male such as bestbuy and the newyorker (I guess all my online shopping cancels it out.) I found it funny that (my bank) was female. How can a bank favor one gender over another?
Jillz1128 Jillz1128 8 years
90% female. I did go on a search for a new hair salon, so I can see why that is the case.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
You know I was just looking at the third-sex toilet. That's interesting. I've been to a lot of places myself where restrooms are uni-sex and no one seemed to mind.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
Sigh. 0.9 0.74 1 0.83 0.77 1.35 1.15 0.82 0.25 0.83 0.75 0.65 0.5 0.69 0.98 0.47 Okay mine says 99% female...and while I do enjoy being a girl ;) , I don't see how the websites above are 99% female. :?
superstephanie superstephanie 8 years
I wonder what Hilary Clinton would register as???? :)
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Liberty, you are now LibertySugarMan
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Likelihood of being Female is 0% Likelihood of being Male is 100% Yup, that's me.
chancleta chancleta 8 years
I'm 97% Female :) Don't worry Liberty. Maybe the news site are counted as male?
LibertySugar LibertySugar 8 years
I'm 96% likely to be a male??!! Uhhhhhh . . .
356UIK 356UIK 8 years
sake - I dont think it can access private or encrypted websites, it didnt include all of the sites that I went to today such as my email, popsugar, or my banking website. I imagine that it is blocked from those. Either way, it really isnt all that cool or intereseting :P
356UIK 356UIK 8 years
Likelihood of you being FEMALE is 57% Likelihood of you being MALE is 43% Site Male-Female Ratio 1.08 1.11 0.63
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 8 years
UnDave, my little brother used to like wearing girls flare jeans when he was little because he liked how they fit LOL he was like 7 and he fought my mom when she told him he couldnt wear them. He's grown out of that though and is strictly a boy clothes wearer (he's now 13) so I think it's safe to say your son is alright.
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 8 years
hahaha mine is 100% female - Likelihood of you being FEMALE is 100% Likelihood of you being MALE is 0% Site Male-Female Ratio 0.9 0.74 1 0.83 0.77 0.67 1.06 0.68 0.82 0.68 0.59 0.75 0.57 0.5 0.96 0.87 0.57 0.82 0.42 0.9 0.63 0.9 0.57 0.59 0.69 0.61 0.44 0.57 0.59 0.98 0.44 0.39 0.56 yeah I'd say that I'm pretty female lol
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
hmmm... it says I'm 65% male, I assume because of all the geek sites I frequent.
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
According to my favorite comedian, Sinbad, girls and boys are actually quite different for hilariously different reasons!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Well in my case...yeah.
otaku otaku 8 years
i'd love to know but there is no way i'm clicking a link that will allow a random website to access my browser history... yikes!
lovelie lovelie 8 years
Jude- Your statement just reminded me of that scene in Bridget Jones Diary 2 where daniel has that call girl come to his room..and it turns out to be a guy
javsmav javsmav 8 years
hmm, there is a 100% likelihood of me being male. So that dress I JUST bought online counts for nothing or do they think I'm a cross dresser? I wonder if my home computer is any different.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Male-to-female gender reassignment surgery is considered quite common in Thailand, and apparently Thailand is believed to have the largest number of male-to-female transsexuals in the world. I wonder why that is? :puzzled:
lovelie lovelie 8 years
GS- I wasn't disagreeing with you..I was just trying to further zeze's point
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