The Gender Genie is an algorithm that can supposedly detect the gender of an author by analysing their choice of words. You simply drop in a chunk of text [ideally more than 500 words], specify whether it comes from fiction, non-fiction or a blog entry and click a button. Hey presto, the algorithm should be able to detect your gender. Most of my fiction is full of action, blokes and danger, so I decided not to bother testing them for its masculinity. Instead, I chose the sex scene from my Nightmare on Elm Street novel, which I wrote from the female character's point of view. Could I write a good enough feminine POV to fool the algorithm?
Damn right I can! The result was 1255 female words to 754 male words, so the algorithm decided the text must have been written by a woman. Next up, the first three scenes of my BBC Radio play, Island Blue: Ronald. That features a gay man and lots of women, but would my masculine tendencies give me away? Survey says no, though it was a closer run thing with 1563 female words to 1406 male. Lastly, I tried part of my Sarah Jane Smith audio adventure Dreamland. For once, my maleness got the better of me and that was deemed to have a male author. I guess the gunfight gave the game away. Still, nice to know computers think I can write from a female perspective when required. How does your writing measure against the Gender Genie?