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    Question Ever Get irritated with being mistaken for male online?

    I have had this happen to more times then I can count, I'll be posting in a forum and what not, and it seems to never fail, someone always ends up referring to me as a guy in some manner or another, am I alone in this or does it happen to other woman as well?

    Is it because I'm a bit knowledgeable in computers and enjoy using them, or possibly because I like games (even the occasional FPS, BF2 Anyone?) I just get irritated with it sometimes.

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    Re: Ever Get irritated with being mistaken for male online?

    Male is just the default gender online.

    I don't really mind it, because I get into lots of funny situations like this:

    Salt: I mean, awesome you're the super king with all the great power and great responsibility.
    Salt: I have women and money.
    SpiffyBalak: what if you prefer men?
    Salt: Well, SpiffyBalak.
    Salt: That's something you have to come to terms with.
    Salt: I dont know if the shoddy battle chat is the right place, though.
    SpiffyBalak: I'm a girl
    Salt: Oh.
    shanx: <_<
    shanx: ...

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    Re: Ever Get irritated with being mistaken for male online?

    Quote Originally Posted by MetalHellsAngel View Post
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    One of my favorite articles about this subject is here:

    http://www.escapistmagazine.com/arti...teh-Intarweb-1

    Brilliant

    I've also blogged about encountering the issue in tech channels, which is always fun for stirring up lively comment discussion:

    http://princessleia2.livejournal.com/316456.html

    ...and proves I have a lot of wicked cool, supportive friends.
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    Re: Ever Get irritated with being mistaken for male online?

    Thanks for the links Elizabeth I enjoyed reading both.

    Stuff like this always reminds me of that scene from GI Jane where the black guy is telling her a story and the white dude is like I'm glad we've come a long way from that and the black dude is like "have we really?" I mean why do people have such a hard time believing that chick can be good at and enjoy techy stuff to..it's quite sad really.....

    found this http://xkcd.com/322/ check it out..lol
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    Re: Ever Get irritated with being mistaken for male online?

    Quote Originally Posted by MetalHellsAngel View Post
    found this http://xkcd.com/322/ check it out..lol
    In the #ubuntu-women IRC channel on irc.freenode.net (info about IRC here) we call that comic "Rule #322"
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    Re: Ever Get irritated with being mistaken for male online?

    beauty doesnt have brains...but i guess this post umm disobeys the new-tonnes of laws.

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    Re: Ever Get irritated with being mistaken for male online?

    Quote Originally Posted by MetalHellsAngel View Post
    I have had this happen to more times then I can count, I'll be posting in a forum and what not, and it seems to never fail, someone always ends up referring to me as a guy in some manner or another, am I alone in this or does it happen to other woman as well?

    Is it because I'm a bit knowledgeable in computers and enjoy using them, or possibly because I like games (even the occasional FPS, BF2 Anyone?) I just get irritated with it sometimes.

    Opinions, thoughts?

    Angel
    If an online handle is gender neutral, I generally go with "male". I figure its either a guy, or a gal who is wanting not to be known as a gal for various reasons. Anyway, I try to be respectful to a degree, I refuse to go so far as to be P.C. though.

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    Re: Ever Get irritated with being mistaken for male online?

    If an online handle is gender neutral, I generally go with "male". I figure its either a guy, or a gal who is wanting not to be known as a gal for various reasons. Anyway, I try to be respectful to a degree, I refuse to go so far as to be P.C. though.
    That's why I prefer to use they as singular. On an historical note, they has been used as singular by people such as Chaucer and Shakespere.
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    Re: Ever Get irritated with being mistaken for male online?

    Well, when I'm talking to a group online I tend to say "guys." While the term technically only refers to men it's commonly used to refer to a group that is made up of both males and females. And it's more casual than say "ladies and gentleman" or something like that. I suppose you could try to stay as politically correct as possible, but come on! This is the Internet, so I think casual tolerance and acceptance is the best you can hope for.

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    Re: Ever Get irritated with being mistaken for male online?

    Quote Originally Posted by Abras View Post
    Well, when I'm talking to a group online I tend to say "guys." While the term technically only refers to men it's commonly used to refer to a group that is made up of both males and females. And it's more casual than say "ladies and gentleman" or something like that. I suppose you could try to stay as politically correct as possible, but come on! This is the Internet, so I think casual tolerance and acceptance is the best you can hope for.
    I'm not talking about generalization, even I when referring to a group of people I will use the phrase "You Guys". What I'm referring to is the fact that someone blatantly refers to me as being male. Even after I've told them I was female they act their not sure whether to believe me or not.

    I do see your point though, I just wonder why often times so many males have a hard time believing that a female could be on the internet, frequenting the same internet "Hang out" spots they do, such as a tech forum/chat, or FPS forum/chat. It seems to happen quite frequently and can be disturbing.
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