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How you're always assumed male on the internet until proven otherwise.

edited 2014-03-03 17:40:08 in Webspace

So recently, thanks to the use of a certain gendered pronoun, I discovered that Central Avenue is actually female. The first thing to come to mind was "holy crap, CA's a girl?" The second was "Why am so I surprised by that?"


What is it about the internet that makes you assume everyone is male, anyway? I mean, wouldn't it make more sense to not make any assumptions on gender until you know for certain? But like most others, I have fallen victim to the classic "there are no girls on the internet" trap, and that kind of bugs me how this is a thing.

Comments

  • My arms are falling off!

    Tumblr is the inverse: everyone is female until proven otherwise.

  • Isn't she trans, if I recall correctly? Could explain where the confusion came from. 

  • blah blah blah societal preconceptions blah blah blah

  • Centie calls herself a Princess a lot, too...

  • I'm not really familiar enough with her to have noticed that.

  • Replace proven with stated (depending on the site, of course). And it's really just an heuristic, if most people who frequent a place are male, then it's very likely any given person you're talking to is male. Just as Raydere said, the opposite is true in tumblr, a female populated site.


  • an heuristic



    I know this is supposedly correct grammar, but this really bothers me.

  • edited 2014-03-04 11:59:31
    a little muffled

    It's not correct grammar.


    (Well that's not really true either. It's not any more correct than "a heuristic", though. There are probably accents in which the H in heuristic is silent, which means both of them are permissible in writing. But it looks dumb anyway.)

  • Gallina seráfica

    > arguing about pronuncations


    > English

  • Leave them be, it's not their fault their language is so silly.

  • “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl

    This amuses me, because years ago, before I came out as trans, I used to get the opposite


    People would be like "whoa, CA's a guy?"


    To which I'd be like "well yeah but i sure wish i wasn't"


    Kiiiinda still in denial about the whole trangendered thing back then :P

  • "you duck spawn, refined creature, you try to be cynical, yokel, but all that comes out of it is that you're a dunce!!!!! you duck plug!"

    Well, it's just you got the wrong body. You're past the surgery already, not yet, preparing, whatever? (Or is it a matter I shouldn't have asked about?)

  • “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl

    I'm out to my friends and family and currently going through the whole "therapy" part, since that's all I can afford :V


    Fuckin' American healthcare system

  • Because society for the most part operates on the function of "Male as Default" because it's still kind of sexist that way. To answer the OP.

  • He who laments and can't let go of the past is forever doomed to solitude.

    Which is funny because we aren't birds, so female is the default.

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