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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.


  • 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.)

  • Ultimate Forum Poster

    > arguing about pronuncations

    > English

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

  • Hi! I’m a magical teenage princess from the faraway planet Asteria.

    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?)

  • Hi! I’m a magical teenage princess from the faraway planet Asteria.

    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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