I came across a tweet from a former supervisor of mine, Jessica Sinsheimer, who is a literary agent.
I was curious, so I pasted in the beginning of my novel into the Gender Guesser. Now, supposedly, you paste in a writing sample and based on whether the writing is “formal” or “informal,” it is supposed to guess the gender of the author—or is it meant to guess the gender of the POV the author is writing in? What do you think?
I’m a female and for this novel, I am mostly writing in a male POV–my protagonist is a male–but the other POV characters are female.
I pasted in the first 313 words of my book. It’s entirely from Miles’s POV.
This was the bit I copied & pasted in:
“But not legally,” Fraser said. Miles threw a glance Fraser’s way. “If she’s run to Taylor, then will you still let him purchase her?” Miles did not reply. He undid the top button near his collar. The plantation office was stuffy from the heat. There was a permanent claustrophobic staleness created by cabinets, shelves, and three large desks with innumerable books and papers, in a room meant for a more genteel appearance.
This was my result:
Female = 514
Male = 250
Difference = -264; 32.72%
Also, it said my emphasis was weak and therefore classified my writing as “European.” Yup, that’s me. European-sized clothes, European writing, wanting to drive on the left like a European…
Soo….what do you guys think? Is it possible to distinguish a female voice from male voice? Have you used something like the Gender Guesser for a laugh? It reminds me of the Mary Sue Litmus Test. Because, to be real, writing is always up for interpretation.