How can I determine the gender of anime bloggers?

How often did you mistake male bloggers for a female bloggers and vice versa? Without looking at their MAL profiles, how can you tell if the bloggers are female or male just by looking at their blogs? Here’s the solution!

Due to recent event in the blogsphere which I would not go into details, I became curious about how readers and fellow bloggers pictured me. More specifically, how many took me for a male blogger and how many thought I was a female blogger?

When I thought about it, every blog I read would automatically leave certain impression of the blogger’s gender on my mind. Of course, I never consciously wonder which gender the blog author was. But when I had to write comments or talked to that blogger, I just assumed that the blogger was either male or female based on my own impression. I believe we all made our own assumptions on the bloggers who do not clearly display his/her gender.

How did we get that impression of gender from each anime blog we read? This is the question I’ll try to answer in this post. The information posted here was based on my own observation and from online documents about computer-mediated communication which focus on blogs or similar platforms. To make things simple, I’ve summarized the features that might help distinguish blogs written by male and female authors into one table below.

You may have noticed by now. Most of the features listed above were similar to features that were characteristic to each gender in general modes of communication. Men often utilize resolute, confident and direct conversations including criticism. Women were more compromising and friendly. Men might have tendency to break rules while women cared more about politeness. Stuffs like that. Blog appearance also played a big role to the impression of gender as darker-colored blogs gave more masculine impression.

To support this observation, I now give you some example of anime blog post that showed typical features of male and female authors. Important note: the blogs I mention here are all brilliantly written works which I absolutely admired. I have no intension to create negative impression to these blogs.

Typical examples of anime blogs written by male authors

  • Eye Sedso (example post); notice the blog appearance, post title, language and criticism
  • Baka-raptor (example post); notice blog appearance and…everything
  • We Remember Love (example post); notice appearance and confidence
  • Ambivalence (example post); notice appearance, language, image and confidence
  • Draggle’s Anime Blog (example post); notice language and screencaps used

Typical examples of anime blogs written by female authors

  • Listless ink (example post); notice everything in her post and the way she responded to comments
  • Anime B&B (example post); notice the language
  • Oishii anime (example post); notice everything in this post
  • Black Strawberry (example post); notice appearance, language and image used
  • Simpleek (example post); notice appearance, self-disclosure and replies to comments

These examples are the ones that we knew instantly the gender of the bloggers. But of course, these features could be very far from accurate when used on anime blogs in general which often displayed a mixture of features from both genders. Some blogs could show extremely contrasting features to the actual gender of bloggers. Some example in this case included kluxorious or Chikorita157’s blog. Even my blog is very ambiguous for that matter.

Now for the most important part, everything written in this post was mostly for fun. I hope this post may help us get clearer picture about how we look at anime blogs. But I tell you now. Gender of anime bloggers does not and should not matter at all. The really important thing is the quality of that blog which is the work of our fellow bloggers.

I am no expert in linguistics or social science. So the content of this post maybe academically sloppy. If you have suggestions, additions or corrections, you are most welcomed to share it here. Thank you.

ps. I have been held up by the up-coming board examination and work-related stress which resulted in my slowed activity. This may last for a while but you can be assured that my passion for this blog remains strong.

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70 responses to “How can I determine the gender of anime bloggers?

  1. Hey, I was blogging Another, how could I not have gory screencaps?! If you had read my more recent work, like my Sword Art Online posts, you probably wouldn’t know if I was male or female

    • I chose that post to support my statement. But you are right. Your other posts would have been less clearly identifiable:)

      Chii’s background is manly? I am not sure… maybe the sakura and night sky reminded you of samurai anime?

  2. Also I think Chii’s site layout is more manly than Baka-Raptor’s

  3. USe of profanities: Female 0
    Clearly you’ve never seen my blog.

    • LOL, the table in my article could only capture bloggers who stayed in the middle of the normal distribution curve. As I’ve admitted, many of my friends were totally different from the the qualities list in the table, including you apparently. :)

  4. samurai anime was totally what I was going for with my background haha. i’m not sure if it is manly but saying it’s more manly than baka-raptor is rather hilarious to me! XD

    i’ve never really cared what gender a person is online honestly. if they want it to be a mystery all the power to them. if they want it to be out there in the opened like me awesome too.
    as long as people respect one another is all i care about :) but i guess that statement supports that chart up there too :P

    • When I saw your background I thought of celebration, summer festival and picnic. Obviously, I have been digging too deep into Polar Bear’s Cafe. XD

      The diversity and mystery of the bloggers fascinated me and that drove me to write this post, partly. :)

  5. I still want to bone 2DT long after figuring out he is not a female despite his dirty lying Video Girl Ai avatar.

    Digitalboy is a cursing, direct blogger who posts emotional self-disclosures on life, anime and how they intersect. Also hot chicks.

  6. My general stance toward anyone on the internet (yourself included) is to assume male until proven otherwise. Much better than getting burned the other way.

    • That is a smart move statistically. I have recently read somewhere (which I could no longer recall) that 2/3 of the voices in blogging and streaming community (excluding facebook) were men’s.

    • I think the best way is to assume everyone is not the gender you’re attracted to, but the logic stands.

  7. On the one hand, I really don’t care about the gender of author for whatever I’m reading. But on the other hand, it’s actually really frustrating to talk about someone with ambiguous gender…I actually make a conscious effort to avoid pronouns and assuming gender, and this is brain processing that could go somewhere else.

    On an unrelated note, covering Another without using a screencap with blood was pretty difficult…

    • For most of the time, I talked about other bloggers and use pronounds according to my own assumptions without any doubt. Though I made mistake from time to time, it didn’t really affect the freindship between me and other bloggers.

      Come to think of it, it’s not easy to write ”Another” post without blood and violence -_-‘

  8. “how can you tell if the bloggers are female or male just by looking at their blogs?”

    Read blogs written in better, richer, more expressive language, specifically languages with gender-specific verbs and stylings ?

    ” it’s actually really frustrating to talk about someone with ambiguous gender”

    So true, i dont know how english-natives do it, pretending that your net correspondent is this androgynous creature.

  9. Now I notice I use a lot of emotional proverbs… maybe even too much. It’s hard to identyfy gender when writing in english, in my native language it’s quite easy. And I always use avatar of the same gender. I would feel strange not to. Guys usually put female character in their avatars but it’s not confusing for me.

    • Avatar is a tricky thing, really, and cannot be used solely to judge anyone. The bottom line is that we need to incorporate several factors to make solid assumption about gender…or just ask that person directly -_-

  10. I determine the gender starting on the name or alias, then the tastes (likes and dislikes), before the appearance or writing style on the blog though. But at times, even with all three, I still can’t identify the blogger’s gender =/

    Not that I care about the blogger’s gender, but like someone else had mentioned, it makes using the appropriate pronoun to identify him/her tricky x_x Oh English, you make things more troublesome sometimes.

    • Considering the blogger’s likes/dislikes depends a lot on our own perspectives. I had friends who thought ‘animation’ was not manly (truly hopeless, sigh).

      • I have the characters instead of the series in mind (when it comes to likes and dislikes). I can’t imagine a dude going gaga over a bishie (especially a topless one) or a girl putting lots of pictures of a female character with barely any clothes on (not exactly ecchi, but costume’s really daring). Something like that.

  11. Interestingly enough, most people thought I was a male until that post. And those who haven’t read that post and read other posts thought I was male. Which is strange seeing as my about me page, I self-identify as female. As someone stated earlier, a good rule of thumb is assume the person is male first and ask questions later. :)

  12. Most of the time I can figure out a blogger’s gender based on the things you have described in your post, and other times I’m taking a guess. It’s strange. There is that nagging curiosity to want to know who is the writer behind the blog.

    Either way, it never does matter if it’s a male or female who writes the blog. What is important is you enjoy what you read and the blog encourages good and respectful conversation.

    • Curiosity is in our nature, as well as imagination. And it reminds me how influential a person’s appearance can be towards the people around him/her. :)

  13. I thought you were male at first, and then Yumeka told me you were female. ;)

  14. kluxorious and Chikorita157. Indeed, these two are confusing. Sometimes, the way kluxorious talks seems like as if she’s a guy. And the atmosphere Chikorita brings about make him looks like a girl xD Seriously, I thought Chikorita was a girl all along until I read his “about” page.

    But I think the easiest solution is, if you’re not sure about the blogger’s gender, just say “it”. xD

    • LOL, those two really made me question my own perception of other people. But in the end, it didn’t really matter. I still like them all the same :)

  15. I’ve been mistaken for a male blogger a few times, but I don’t think it’s because of my writing style. Like some above comments have mentioned, it has more to do with the kind of anime I like not being typical for a female fan, i.e., I don’t watch a lot of shojo or bishonen-filled anime and watch more “moe,” which people assume male fans are more likely to be into. As for my writing, I do match a couple of things you mentioned for female bloggers in that my style is very friendly, polite, swear-free, and not very assertive (I’m working on that last part ^^,,,)

    I’m usually good at guessing a blogger’s gender if I read enough of their posts though sometimes I’m wrong. But I try not to call them “he” or “she” unless I know for sure =P

    • I think the ‘friendly and civil environment’ is one of the most distinguished qualities of your blog. So much that that never doubted about your gender even when your posts were filled with shonen titles :)

  16. Believe it or not, I have been confused as a girl simply from my name. But in general, I tend to like lighter colors and of course a lot anime with cute girls rather than action shows. Also I tend to be polite rather than bash because projecting a rude image can turn off people and also, be somewhat professional. However, it will be different if I were to talk about politics and technology, which I do on my personal sideblog.

    In general, I use my real name on social networks, so it’s quite obvious that I am in fact a boy (and not a trap). Pseudonyms and girls in avatars just makes guessing the gender a bit difficult without reading the about page. I had some instances that people assumed that I’m female even though my real name for the copyright makes it somewhat apparent. Still, its pretty interesting to see how you analyze these gender differences between anime blogs.

    • Surely each person has multiple sides of personalities. The internet allows us to display those sides of ourselves in different proportion compared to the real life. So I was not surprise when you told me that you could be more assertive when it came to topics in politics or technology :)

    • OMG I actually did think you were a girl in the beginning cos of your username>< haha.

  17. I never thought of this much, but it IS interesting. I’ve known a few female bloggers from back when I started reading anime blogs in 2008 and I think your observations may hold true even then. Thanks for linking to that post, Nisemonogatari was SO DAMN AWFUL that it’s easy to forget that it had some moments too, which led to some energetic writing on my end.

    • Thank you for the comment!
      What you said made me realized that the context behind each post and the current state of the writer also played big role in the overall impression of the post. For example, a usually polite female blogger might write very assertive and strong post criticizing certain anime that she felt was bad or offensive. So one might have to read several post in order to get more accurate impression of the blog or blogger in general :)

  18. Oooohh this is a super fun post. I do enjoy the breakdown of styles by gender. It’s a fun little gender sociology note. (Actually not so little. I can only imagine the painstaking exhaustive reading of multiple blogs that went into this.)

    Based on that chart, I would characterize your blog as feminine, but witha stronger bent for left brain functions.

    Good luck on your boards! You will do great!

    P.s. Thanks for the inclusion in your example. ^ ^

    • ‘…the painstaking exhaustive reading of multiple blogs that went into this.’
      That was not nearly as painful as my regular work!

      You are probably right about my persona as a blogger. In fact, my compromising stance also works pretty well as a defense mechanism in my real life…for most of the time.

  19. Are you new to stats or something? You can’t just cherry pick samples and extrapolate from there. This article is a complete waste of internet space.

    Glad to see the circlejerk’s just as willing to validate your stupidity as ever though.

    • She can do whatever she wants; it’s her blog! And I’m not seeing you doing anything better!

    • He put a disclaimer up. Anyways, once you consider that there is bias it still makes for an interesting discussion. In any event as can be seen in the above discussion he admits that the patterns he highlighted are not universal.

    • Hello, Dark_Sage! I’ve missed you. :)
      I have always admired how you keep your comment civil despite the negative criticism. And I have no arguments there. The article was virtually groundless and was mostly flashes of ideas. It’s for fun only.

      @ inb4 & ntganime: thank you for visiting!

      • I just realized I had assumed your gender despite not having it specifically stated anywhere.(that I read) I was going to try and keep my comment gender neutral to hide my ignorance but I failed. And failed on a talk about assuming gender from blog style double fail today.

  20. I’m not really sure how you gathered these stats. Did you only use the blog posts mentioned? What is the difference between “+” and “++”? It’s too vague to actually say anything, I’m afraid.

    As for determining whether it’s a male or a female… I don’t really care at all. I don’t put too much thought into it~

    • It wasn’t based on solid ground but I wanted the post to be fun and maybe inspiring. In real life, bloggers’ gender did not matter so much…not worth the effort to conduct serious study upon anyway -_-

  21. AWESOME! This is so useful! Because I am the same, that I automatically “assume” the gender of the blogger when I read a post. Sometimes, I get it completely wrong, I read the profile of the author and (if I’m really lucky, see a picture) and WHOA – suddenly, it almost changes the entire way I see the blog, though usually not in a negative way.

  22. Haha! All the examples of male blog posts scream male teen stereotypes (No offence anyone)

    Nice post, it’s interesting to confirm some of my suspicions. Normally I go months without figuring out the gender of the bloggers I talk to on a regular basis and I still don’t know the gender of some of them.

    • Your comment made me realized that ‘age’ also played major role in bloggers’ expression. These stereotypes are probably not applicable to older, calmer bloggers.
      Thanks for visiting! :)

  23. The more blogs I check out on a consistent basis, the more I notice who is a male blogger/female blogger if it’s not obvious right off the bat. Though I never make a mention of it unless the blogger makes it obvious.

  24. I’ve got to admit this is a pretty interesting article you have written up, the presumptions of what traits different genders have while blogging are quite accurate on the larger scale blogging scene. However I did sense just a little bit of bias in that table especially with ‘Criticisms, insults, flaming’ where it is apparently only a male feature and not a female, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and already just from this comment I’ve showed signs that I am a male blogger based on that table lol. Anyway keep up the intriguing and well written articles, I’ll be sure to be reading more in the future.

  25. Does the chart say female bloggers don’t flame?

    I think the chart is good in some ways for when you are guessing a gender but there’s no way to be sure.

    I’ve just found this blog today, I’ve bookmarked it and I’ll probably comment again in the future. Nice blog.

  26. The chart just made me laugh, this actually can be pretty accurate to determining gender. Though I myself have none of the dead giveaways the chart insinuates, I still found this thoroughly enjoyable.

  27. Very interesting and informative!! :D I will be sure to use your methods in determining their genders !! XD

  28. I genuinely wonder where people would place my blog, before they delve into the comments. I think the comments would steer them in a specific direction.

    BTW, Guy is my real name and means Wadi/Valley, people online often think I use it as a way to denote being a “dude” ;)

    BTW, there are some researches on foreigners/people who aren’t native speakers showing the same type of “flags” that females use. This is very telling on more than a few levels what we think of these flags.

    • Meant to type this earlier – in the past, on a certain chat I’ve used to frequent, people thought I was a woman because of my relative politeness, and my insistence on using correct grammar/speling. Weird. Well, there may have been other factors at work, but these were the ones I remember/noticed.

    • As time went by and I’ve met more diverse group of people online, I realized that the same items cannot be used with people in other online community. But in anime circle, being neat and polite would probably lead others to think you are female. But if you write something super serious and analytical, others would think you are male, despite the politeness. (-_-)

      • Hm, dunno, in most circles politeness and the way you described usually lead people to think you’re a female.

        BTW, I just came down with a lot of stuff this weekend, I plan to go over most of your popular/top/recent posts, it’ll just take a bit longer than initially expected <3

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