For all of you who haven't seen this yet, it's a thingy that analyzes your writing and tells you what gender you are. The friend who told me about it said it didn't work for her, but when I plugged the last month's W6 entries into it, it was creepily accurate at distinguishing my womany posts from JRL's guy ones. Most weird is the algorithm it uses, which is based just on the use of certain key words. Apparently "around," for example, is masculine, while "with" is female. If you put a piece of writing and let the machine analyze it, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and see the whole list. Most of the words seem completely neutral to me.
I wonder if these differences are integral or just accidental. Would it be a simple matter for a woman writer to ditch her "girly" key words and take up masculine ones, or would it mean a whole different way of thinking?