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Poll: Gender presentation - the funcrunch files


Jul. 9th, 2013 10:09 pm Poll: Gender presentation24 notes - Make notesPrevious Entry Share Next Entry

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From:thomwatson
Date:July 13th, 2013 08:20 pm (UTC)

Explanations

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This was an interesting exercise, and overall it was difficult for me to assign you to a binary gender option for any of the categories. While clearly I'm not blind to gender, I don't know that it's something I'm continually or consciously analyzing, especially for people I already know. Interestingly, I'm realizing really only as I'm writing this, the use of "male" and "female" for the poll choices in some cases, rather than "masculine" or "feminine," say, made it maybe more intellectually difficult for me to decide, along with my sense that a range of choices (i.e., "mostly masculine," "more masculine," "neither more masculine or feminine," "more feminine" and "mostly feminine") might have made it perhaps even more easy to assign an option, though even there I think my answers to some would vary quite a bit over the time I've known you.

So, more detailed answers here:

Style of dress: When I first knew you, and was seeing you on a nearly daily basis for about a year and a half, I'd have said that your style of dress was fairly neutral, neither overtly masculine or feminine, fairly typical attire for a programmer/developer of any gender. For a period after that, though, when I saw you only socially, and usually in very specific social environments, e.g., concerts, I'd likely say that you dressed in a much more "feminine" fashion, i.e., in ways that specifically drew attention to your female curves, and with hairstyles more typically seen on women than men. Very recently, though, your style of address has clearly seemed to me to aspire to androgyny and/or a more masculine presentation. Your current hairstyle is harder to assign a category; its shortness, for some, might read as "masculine" or "male" but I know many women who wear their hair similarly short, so all I can honestly say is that it seems "less feminine" than before, but really falling in a neutral range that I wouldn't associate with either binary gender necessarily.

Mannerisms and speech patterns: Wow, this was tough. I think that perhaps I only assign a gender to mannerisms and speech patterns at very narrow ends of the scales, and for certain very stereotypical actions (e.g., I would read the deliberate breathiness of Marilyn Monroe's public persona as female, and that exaggerated sitting position with legs really wide apart as a stereotypically posturing (young) male stance), but for the most part I don't think I process a lot of people's mannerisms and speech patterns as anything but neutral, and I think you typically fall into that broad middle category for me. That could also be colored by my own experience as a gay male, where some of the mannerisms and speech patterns typically considered either male or female seem more blurred, and where my own childhood was spent being bewildered about what it meant to try to "act/walk/stand/throw more like a boy."

Hobbies and interests: Again, your hobbies and interests seem to me mostly within what I believe most people would consider neutral non-gender-specific activities.
From:funcrunch
Date:July 13th, 2013 11:54 pm (UTC)

Re: Explanations

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When I first knew you, and was seeing you on a nearly daily basis for about a year and a half, I'd have said that your style of dress was fairly neutral, neither overtly masculine or feminine, fairly typical attire for a programmer/developer of any gender. For a period after that, though, when I saw you only socially, and usually in very specific social environments, e.g., concerts, I'd likely say that you dressed in a much more "feminine" fashion, i.e., in ways that specifically drew attention to your female curves, and with hairstyles more typically seen on women than men.

Interesting - I think I was actually more likely to wear more feminine clothes during the time we worked together, as I was a lot heavier then and emphasizing my cleavage. Plus that's when I was doing all the color and highlighting. Here's a reminder from my birthday party in Feb 2007 ;-)

Julie and Thom
From:funcrunch
Date:July 14th, 2013 12:02 am (UTC)

Re: Explanations

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Another view of my changing appearance over the years in my Flickr set of birthday pictures.