So it’s true – what I’ve suspected all along.
I thought so, I wonder if that is the case when I sign m rather than my name, which is toooo long to type sometimes. I suppose if assumptions are made…
I was reading an article written by someone with a first name whose gender wasn’t obvious to me, or others either, for the comments that were left indicated that although most thought the author was a he, there was at least one reference to she. Maybe that was a mistake, maybe it was a mark of derogation, for this person’s comments, like many that were left, were not kind ones for the author.
It’s all about getting in the door. Once you get in, if you’re good, life is beautiful; and even if you’re not that great, but merely competent, you will survive.
But even if you’re the best, if you don’t get in the door, no one will know. So – you just keep banging until someone looks up and pays attention. Or else you give up and find something else to do. If you don’t, you’ll break your hand on the door.
Are opportunities more equal in the the cybersphere where we can hide our gender? And this would go both ways, for men could benefit from feminine names (think Leslie) in forums typically inhabited by women.
This was true in late nineteenth century, in the early days of magazines like Ladies Home Journal and Good Housekeeping. Advice columns written by men were regularly passed off as being women’s advice.
Do you think it makes a difference?