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Aug. 9th, 2013 05:50 pm Gender personality test: The Bem Sex-Role Inventory

I just found out about this personality test: The Bem Sex-Role Inventory. Following my poll on gender presentation, I was interested in seeing what this test would reveal about my gender identity. Fortunately someone coded it up so I could get immediate results.

As usual with these types of tests, it was often difficult to assign a score without further context. I did appreciate that the scale went from Never to Always with seven gradations. Some were quite clear-cut for me, like affectionate (always) and loves children (never), but others were highly context-dependent and I had to make my best estimate.

Given those caveats, here's my score:

42.5 out of 100 masculine points
44.167 out of 100 feminine points
51.667 out of 100 androgynous (neutral) points

From what I can understand of the Wikipedia entry, it appears that scoring below the median for both masculine and feminine traits would mean that my gender identity is "undifferentiated" rather than androgynous (which would make a good amount of sense at this time), but given the separate androgynous points score, I'm not really sure.

Warning: If you take the test at this site, before and after you click "What's My Score?" take a screenshot or your results will be lost. (Hey, at least it's free.) Feel free to share your score and/or thoughts in the comments (keeping in mind that this is a public post).

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From:plymouth
Date:August 10th, 2013 03:17 am (UTC)
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"You scored 75 out of 100 masculine points, 40.833 out of 100 feminine points, and 55 out of 100 androgynous (neutral) points"

Huh. That's a higher masculine score than I would have expected.
From:funcrunch
Date:August 10th, 2013 03:20 am (UTC)
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Interesting!
From:auros
Date:August 12th, 2013 03:37 am (UTC)
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Xta had suggested to me that it might be interesting to see what numbers came out if I tried responding to the survey with my views of her...

Trying to assess Xta, I got: You scored 80 out of 100 masculine points, 42.5 out of 100 feminine points, and 63.333 out of 100 androgynous (neutral) points.

Taking it for myself: You scored 70 out of 100 masculine points, 63.333 out of 100 feminine points, and 52.5 out of 100 androgynous (neutral) points.

I find it profoundly unsurprising that I get more femme points than Xta (in both her own scoring and my attempt at answering for her). I am, however, surprised that my read of her came out even more masc than her responses. (Not by a gigantic amount, but still.)
From:plymouth
Date:August 12th, 2013 05:36 am (UTC)
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You seem to have scored me higher on everything than I did, possibly you just went for fewer "neutral" and more "always" or "never" scores than I did.
From:auros
Date:August 12th, 2013 05:37 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I may have been averse to picking the dead-center neutral, I tended to try to think about whether there was at least a little bit of a lean one way or the other.
From:whynotkay
Date:August 10th, 2013 06:51 am (UTC)
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"You scored 46.667 out of 100 masculine points, 40.833 out of 100 feminine points, and 52.5 out of 100 androgynous (neutral) points."

I'm not sure the test really worked right for me. (I feel like my answers might change depending on when I was asked).
From:vvvexation
Date:August 10th, 2013 08:39 am (UTC)
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Mrrr. I found myself just recoiling at the idea of associating most of those traits with being masculine or feminine in the first place. I wonder what that "says" about me.
From:plymouth
Date:August 11th, 2013 01:10 am (UTC)
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Well YOU don't have to allocate them - the test does and then you get to roll your eyes at how silly the test is.
From:vvvexation
Date:August 11th, 2013 03:22 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I tried to tell myself that and it didn't seem to help. :-/
From:nancyblue
Date:August 11th, 2013 12:07 am (UTC)
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Hmmm. 72 "masculine" points, 62 "feminine" points and 55 neutral. Fascinating exercise.
From:funcrunch
Date:August 13th, 2013 12:32 am (UTC)
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FWIW, according to the Wikipedia page the goal of the study was not related to trans* identification, but to argue that having an androgynous personality, scoring high for both masculine and feminine traits (or what they considered to be such in 1971), was a positive thing.
From:elgecko
Date:August 13th, 2013 05:11 am (UTC)
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Without taking it (yet) I imagine I'll do... x feminine points (close to 50). x plus y (pun intended) masculine points, to make that bigger. Androgynous? Gonna get low on that. I *wish* I were but that's just plain not me. I've got my girl mode, my boy default mode, but the middle isn't an option for me. *shrug*

Will go do soon. *saving links*