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Is Flynn a Guy or a Girl?

Updated on August 29, 2017

Am I a male or a female or something else?

Alright, first off I'll make it easy and say I'm not something else. But what my actual sex is has apparently been a source of question and confusion, and so of course, I had to make a page about it (because I'm a Squidoo addict).

One's choice of presentation online, being not necessarily related to one's actual sex, is more accurately termed gender, so that is what I will use the two terms as. Gender for one's identification, sex for one's physical state.

Why is this a question? Because gender is one of the most basic questions about people - is it a boy? they ask of babies, can I have sex with them? they ask of new people (...well. Maybe not explicitly!) People tend to categorise others as one or the other and this runs into some interesting problems with only written and pictorial clues...

I decided not to choose, because both 'boy' and 'girl' came with a set of assumptions. Sure, these assumptions change from person to person, but I don't want to categorise myself like that and then have people learn about me as an individual. Rather, people talk to me, then categorise me as one or the other depending on their own perspective. I also found that it's 'over the line' of too much sharing - it's part of the few areas I consistently keep private, and when people know too much about me online, I start avoiding those sites.

Some of my first online friends were transgender - they were awesome people, from a site I've long since retreated from, and they made me hyper aware of all the issues and privileges, and words associated with gender issues. So now I also try and make it a silent statement.

"Gender bending is sometimes a form of social activism undertaken in response to assumptions or over-generalisations about genders"

Gender Bender: Wikipedia

You have to grasp at hints. I have been told I am male because I use the name Flynn. And draw a lot of women. Female, because I have the tag 'the Cat' (although this also varies) and because ... actually, not sure. Statistics :D I think people just assume. I've seen a few rather heated debates on the subject, where one person takes issue with the other's use of a pronoun for me.

The painting above is nine times out of ten instantly assumed to be either he or she (fairly evenly split each way). As are the other pictures I will be using. Very rarely does someone actually ask, or consider it not to matter.

Some people KNOW for sure, because I've actually emailed them or met them, under my real name (and face, of course) - to be fair, please don't tell?

But WHY?

Because it's funny.

Because I'm making a statement for all the people for whom it actually matters what people think they are.

Because it's the internet and you really don't know anyway.

Because it isn't worth arguing about.

Because people are more comfortable assuming I am what they want me to be.

Because I like my privacy and it is the one thing I can abandon and not have it matter.

I only made this page about ME because people kept asking. And because I wanted to make it 'real' when I explained. I happily survived on the internet for years without a page making a big deal about my gender ^_^

I'm not convinced that what are traditionally considered to be male energies or qualities or female energies or qualities really have as much to do with gender as many people think they do.

Andrew Cohen

What do you think I am? - Take a guess on me!

Skull Duo
Skull Duo

I do wonder at the number of people who 'know the answer' because I'm pretty sure there aren't that many people on the internet who actually know - much less have visited this page!

(No seriously. About 20 people have picked it so far, and I think only about four people know for sure).

Am a male or female?

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I appreciate the sentiment that I am a popular woman in computer gaming circles; but I prefer being thought of as a computer game designer rather than a woman computer game designer. I don't put myself into gender mode when designing a game.

Roberta Williams

Negative Space by Flynn the Cat
Negative Space by Flynn the Cat

But your avatar is female!

That must mean you're a girl!

Does it?

Well firstly, I use my own art - and as I draw a lot of women, this means the better pictures are probably going to be female. And I know enough to use an actual face online, rather than a bird or a dragon - it looks more 'real' and trustworthy. And I'm advertising my artwork, so I want to use the best. So yes, I use the pictures with the greatest impact. I also tend to use whichever I just painted, when creating new accounts - so often that's the only major factor in the decision! But yes, Negative Space on the right is now my best painting and makes a good icon. I also can't sell it, as it's copied from a photo of a model, so I might as well get some mileage out of it!

Secondly, well, maybe I'm trying to throw you off! No, joking. But plenty of guys are very happy to play rather attractive elf warriors in WoW, for the simple basis of that's what they want to look at on the screen XD And maybe, maybe I'm a guy who likes girly things and would rather be thought a girl, than girly.

Lastly... to be honest, when I look at the picture just above, my brain doesn't even say 'female'. I know she does to other people, and I know the original model was, but I often don't realise until much later that everyone's seeing a girl when I stick my random colourful picture up!

I think we're struggling with trying to redefine various positions at this point in history. To allow freedom for women, freedom for men, freedom from those sharply defined gender roles.

Fred Ward

Blue Waters - an underwater mer in the deep.
Blue Waters - an underwater mer in the deep.

But Your Name is Male!

Flynn is a guy's name, right?

It's not my real name, I'll tell you that now. I picked it because I liked the name, I wanted something not too fancy and overly romantic or fantastical or ... or, yes, Mary/Gary Sue-ish. But it always sounded like an interesting name to me, I'm not sure why. And it was similar to a character in a story I wrote, when I was in high school. (And therefore it is buried in the depths of the earth, Forever). And yes, I am thoroughly creeped out by the new Rapunzel movie - Flynn's apparently uncommon enough that whenever it pops up in relation to Tangled I get a 'huh? what? me?' reaction! (I predict a sharp rise in the use of the name 'Flynn' if the film is a success!). Come to think of it, the Errol Flynn version of Robin Hood was one of my favourite films as a kid...

And guess what? Flynn's actually a unisex name. It's Irish in origin (I had an Irish grandfather, actually, maybe that's how I decided I liked it!) and means ruddy/red-headed and is a form of the (masculine) name Flann. Or alternatively, Flynn is a male name and means 'son of a red-haired man'. But it can be a female name.

'the Cat'...? Well, I was signing up on DeviantART and this became one of my major online presences. It's a big site, and most names are taken. So I picked something I could live with. I like cats. And yeah, to some people it's girly. To others it's mysterious thief-assassin in the night. And to others it's just 'meow! I'm a kitty! now I will tek over teh world!'

Our true nature is free of any and all notions of gender, of any notions of difference whatsoever.

Andrew Cohen

But I/Someone Referred To You As He/She!

And you didn't correct them!

People assume, and throw out random pronouns because they often feel they should. I have a policy of not saying anything - after all, what would I correct them to? Besides, it's the sort of thing that can usually sidetrack an entire thread with explanations and discussions.

But this tends to mean that the next person assumes the first person actually knows, leading to entire forums referring to me by that gender from that point on. As you've probably gathered by now, I find that quite funny.

Also, some sites REQUIRE me to select a gender when signing up. This is terribly aggravating, and I tend to try and select randomly - if I get the choice, I'll choose not to display it.

Gender Neutrality - Why be Either? - Which am I trying to be?

Alright. I'm not trying to be either - I set out to not state which I am, and see what happened.To not let it interfere with my interactions online.
I don't care. I wanted to step outside that and see what happened. Sometimes this means biting my tongue when people make generalisations, and I want to jump in and say 'actually...'
And I can't claim NOT to fit one, without proving myself the other. (YOU know... when people say that Girls Like X or that Boys Aren't Capable of Y)

What happened was either people decided it didn't matter, or a fairly even split figured I was one or the other. More interestingly, people made an assumption, and stuck with it.

Even MORE interestingly, most (apparent >.> ) females assumed I was a girl, and most (apparent :D ) males decided I was a guy. So in webcomic forums (for example) there are more guys, and the general consensus is that I am too, on Squidoo, more of the (active) lensmasters seem to be female, and they tend to guess that way. DeviantART is split fairly evenly.

Share your thoughts! - Am I a guy or a girl?

Go on! Tell me! I'm dying to find out XD

What am I?

When I Was A Boy - I Was Just A Girl

This is a very perceptive song about humanity and society, and gender roles... Initially feminist, I do recommend listening to end. (or just skip to the next bit below)

"I won't forget when Peter Pan came to my house, took my hand

I said I was a boy; I'm glad he didn't check.

I learned to fly, I learned to fight

I lived a whole life in one night

We saved each other's lives out on the pirate's deck.

And I remember that night

When I'm leaving a late night with some friends

And I hear somebody tell me it's not safe,

someone should help me

I need to find a nice man to walk me home.

....

Boys Don't Cry... Songs About Gender Roles.

When I was a girl, my mom and I we always talked

And I picked flowers everywhere that I walked.

And I could always cry, now even when I'm alone I seldom do

And I have lost some kindness

But I was a girl too.

And you were just like me, and I was just like you"

Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.

Kofi Annan

Do You Wanna Date My Avatar ...

Being online allows people to experiment or attempt to abandon preconceptions and gender stereotypes

It's a common cliche that there are no girls on the internet. Sure there are - but most of them are pretending to be boys! (Actually, on social blogging sites like Squidoo, the balance is tipped towards women, due mostly I think, to the predominance of mothers blogging from home, having found somewhere they can actually DO something when looking after their kids).

A girl playing the guy gets to avoid sexism, and creepy guys hitting on her. Or perhaps they want to 'indulge' in some of the typically male interests and don't want the stigma of being a girl (although I think this one's getting less and less the case). Lastly, power. Men are usually seen as more dominant and find it easier to gain respect (and followers, in WoW clans!).

What about a guy playing a girl? Well, most people seem to have no trouble with a girl wanting to pretend to be a man, but the other way around...? It's actually quite common. For fun, to create the illusion of interaction, to take advantage of attitudes towards women (e.g. a woman is probably more trusted when talking about raising kids - plenty of 'affiliate' account pages have a female username, but are actual run by men)... perhaps they feel female inside. Perhaps they just like what comes with it and aren't actually trying to be female at all.

This article covers some of the main points very well:

* Due to the pressure of cultural stereotypes, it may be difficult for some men to explore within themselves what society labels as "feminine" characteristics. These males may rely on the anonymity of cyberspace to express their "feminine" side which they feel they must otherwise hide. Some of these males may strongly identify with women.

* Adopting a feminine role in cyberspace may be a way to draw more attention to themselves. Getting noticed and responded to in cyberspace is not always easy, especially in such distracting, "noisy" environments as the visual chat habitats. Donning a female name and/or avatar, especially a sexy one, will almost instantly draw reactions. The gender-switched male may even like the feeling of power and control over other males that goes along with this switch.

* Some males may adopt a feminine identity to investigate male/female relationships. They may be testing out various ways of interacting with males in order to learn, first hand, what it's like being on the woman's side. Hopefully, they use that knowledge to enhance their relationships with females. Some, however, may be looking for ways to gain power and control.

* In some online games where participants assume imaginary identities (e.g., MUDs), being a female may be advantageous. Sometimes males lend more assistance to females, so they progress faster in the game.

* Disguised as a female, a male looking for intimacy, romance, and/or cybersex from another male may be acting upon conscious or unconscious homosexual feelings.

* Transsexuals (people who feel, psychologically, that they are the opposite sex rather than their given biological gender) and/or transvestites (people who cross-dress for sexual arousal or as an identification with females) may be drawn to virtual gender-switching. In rare cases, gender-switching could be a sign of what would be diagnosed as "gender confusion" - i.e., a psychological disturbance where one's identity as a male or female has not fully developed.

Psychology of Cyberspace - Genderswapping

I don't see gender as the most significant fact of human existence.

Jim Harrison

Other Andrognous Characters - I'm not alone in confusing people!

Vaarsuvius, from Order of the Stick
Vaarsuvius, from Order of the Stick

Other famous, or infamous genderless people online include:

Vaarsuvius from Order of the Stick - an elven mage that keeps everyone guessing, even going so far as to spill ink over the m/f question when signing up to the Order of the Stick adventuring party and then sneering about how unimportant it was (in the prequel book).

Yugi, Kirby, Alucard, Chris Lightfellow... this hilarious list identifies the The Top 16 Androgynous Game Characters of all Time!

Ah, well, do I wish that we lived in a world where gender didn't figure so prominently? Of course. Do I even think about myself as a woman when I go to make art? Of course not.

Judy Chicago

Text Analysis - Guessing the Gender from their Writing

"About Gender Guesser In 2003, a team of researchers from the Illinois Institute of Technology and Bar-Ilan University in Israel (Shlomo Argamon, Moshe Koppel, Jonathan Fine, and Anat Rachel Shimoni) developed a method to estimate gender from word usage. Their paper described a Bayesian network where weighted word frequencies and parts of speech could be used to estimate the gender of an author. Their approach made a distinction between fiction and non-fiction writing styles."

60% - 70% accurateVaries with writing style (formal or informal - although this is blurred when writing for an audience)Can be influenced by a wide variety of lifestyle factorsNeeds at least 300 words

My results for this page (copying actual chunks of text only, updated whenever I update this lens)

Genre: Informal 

Female = 3054 

Male   =2903 

Difference = -151; 48.73% 

Verdict: Weak FEMALE

Weak emphasis could indicate European.

Genre: Formal 

Female = 1570 

Male   = 2361 

Difference = 791; 60.06% 

Verdict: MALE


(Interestingly, I went from 'weak male' in both to weakly female and 'just' male with the latest update)

Try it for yourself!

Informal is closer to a blog-style, and it varies with the amount of text. I usually hover around the equal zone, occasionally coming up weakly female or male.

Evolution’s Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People
Evolution’s Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People

This brilliant and accessible work of biological criticism has the potential to revolutionize the way readers conceive of gender and sexuality in the natural world. Roughgarden, a professor of biology at Stanford University and a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, argues that the diversity of gender and sexuality one finds in many species suggests that evolutionary biologists of a strictly Darwinian bent are often misguided, since, according to Roughgarden, they erroneously assume a universally applicable gender binary in all species. The first half of the book brings that sexual diversity to light through innumerable examples among birds, reptiles, fish and mammals provided in highly readable anecdotes. The significance of this first section lies not only in this startlingly original portrait of nature, but also in how it suggests that contemporary Darwinian sexual selection theory is in part a result of cultural bias, since it "predicts that the baseline outcome of social evolution is horny, handsome, healthy warriors paired with discreetly discerning damsels."

 

We have been very conditioned by the cultures that we come from and are usually very identified with the particular gender that we happen to be a member of.

Andrew Cohen

As far as I'm concerned, being any gender is a drag.

Patti Smith

Comment here! - What other ambiguous characters do you know of?

Woodland Green - a fantasy painting
Woodland Green - a fantasy painting

Blackbox

Are you curious about how difficult it is to write non-gendered language? Or how differently people write about different genders? is pretty fun - . It actively swaps pronouns as you read online (and it's easy to turn on and off).

Got A Specific Point you Want Me To Explain Away? - "...for three years I had roses and apologized to no one."

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      FlynntheCat1 4 years ago

      @LadyFlashman: I am familiar with that logic ^_^ (but it's also one reason I hide it; I don't care, so I could just say, but then why should it matter at all? )

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      LadyFlashman 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love that in your online world, you can be anything you want or no one at all. But you are a girl. I just don't think many guys would bother with hiding it, or not hiding it, or saying they could be a girl when they aren't. They would just say they are a boy and not wonder about not being perceived as one or the other. You aren't a Flynn, you are a Flynnella!

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      victoriuh 5 years ago

      Hmm, no one ever wonders if I am a girl or not. Excellent. I have you all right where I want you...

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      FlynntheCat1 5 years ago

      @Kapalbility: MY SECRET IS OUT *lights bristles on fire dramatically*

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      Kapalbility 5 years ago

      Have I said in this guestbook that I have a hunch that you are a broomstick?

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      Marika 5 years ago from Cyprus

      So mystery solved. You're definitely one of the two.

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      Ellen Brundige 5 years ago from California

      The frustrating thing is that even though I'm consciously aware of the reasons why gender is a social construct that is problematic or doesn't apply to many people, I STILL unconsciously look for gender-cues and "feel" as if you are a particular gender. Which, for whatever reason, is "she."

      Our brains are so hardwired for gender differentiations that I have a hard time really, truly reading someone as "zie."

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      kburns421 lm 5 years ago

      I love this! I just kind of assumed you to be male from your online name and responses on the forums. Upon visiting your bio and lenses, I realized that was kind of stupid and that you might be female. Then I saw this lens and just had to read it! I have to say though, I love your reasons for keeping it secret. People do automatically view things differently when they know the gender of the person who wrote/drew/created it. It's also not really anyone's business. I kinda wish I had done the same and kept my gender/identity more secret. Then again, I often use pictures of myself and personal anecdotes to illustrate points and explain my qualifications to talk about certain topics which would give away my gender anyway, but I digress. Love the lens.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      We all have at least a little bit of everything in us. So congratulations on publishing this courageous and thought provoking lens.

      When I'm feeling playful, I'll tell people that I'm four years old. Obviously, from my photo you can tell that I've been around for more than four years, but I realize that you can be any age that you've already been -- and I like being four.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love it!

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      MissCat 5 years ago

      The ad for "Coaxial Adapter, N Female / N Female (Gender Changer)" made me giggle snort out loud. Great lens Flynn!

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      Marie 5 years ago

      Excellent lens which I rather oddly stumbled across because it wasn't a subject I was looking for - that's Squidoo searching for you! I don't remember ever thinking of you as a 'he' or a 'she' - merely as being very mystical. To be honest, I think you're some kind of magical creature like an elf and I'd hate to be disappointed on that! Long may the mystery live on :)

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      MissBuffySpears 6 years ago

      Great lens! I love the idea of not disclosing gender. We subconsciously (and consciously) treat males and females differently so being gender neutral is a good way to be treated as an equal. I hate that girls are always "pink, sparkles, barbies!" and boys are "green, mud, sports!" We need to get passed gender generalizations and let each individual like what they like. Why can't a boy like the color pink and not automatically be considered feminine? Why can't girls like playing sports and not automatically be considered masculine? I think it's silly when a 2 year old boy wants to play with dolls but they say "no, dolls are for girls.....here is your mud truck" because they think they would be steering their song into being homosexual. When we ingrain our children with the thought that women do certain things and men do certain things it just reinforces that we still don't have gender equality. The only reason we are given a gender anyway is so we can reproduce - nothing more.

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      SandyPeaks 6 years ago

      Nice one, Flynn. I was born in Middlesex so I appreciate a mystery.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you for for your clearly ambiguous and very informative response. Now, I just always took you at your name and believed you must be a very wonderful cat but then maybe some people are gullible like me and think I'm a tipi, lol. Wonderfully created!

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      Joan Hall 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Flynn! I stumbled on this lens because I was thought I "needed" to confirm your gender when I realized that I had used the pronoun "she" to refer to you on the Jenga 2 lens based on nothing but the assumption that your avatar was a self-portrait. Now I know that the "she" may or may not have been correct, but I don't have to worry about whether I offended you. :-)

      Very thought-provoking lens.

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      AbsoluteJeanius1 6 years ago

      Super lens!

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      EuroSquid LM 6 years ago

      This lens deserves a blessing for originality.

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      tiff0315 6 years ago

      All I can say is BRAVO! I absolutely loved this lens!

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      Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      A first for me to read about a 'gender bender' and I'm smiling at your cleverness. I have a favorite niece who I adore, and she has taught me some about this. She stays with me when she comes to town, once with a 'gender bender' partner and at that time my sons were maybe 6 and 7 years old. What an education! (smiles) My sons figured out that they were partners (gay) even at such a young age and took that in stride. The 'gender' thing went unnoticed with them, but not with me so I asked LOTS of questions and my dear niece explained - a bit tough to wrap my brain around but trying to do so.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      A wise choice but I will always view you as a girl. The image is burned in my mind and I just cannot change it. Best wishes Flynn

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      FlynntheCat1 6 years ago

      @ChemKnitsBlog2: I sense bias XD

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

      BRAVO! I applaud your decision to keep your gender to yourself. I don't know if you are male or female... and honestly I don't care, because that knowledge wouldn't really change my opinion about you. Of course, this still hasnt really helped me decide what pronoun to use for you, but at least I now know I will amuse you rather than offend you.

      Having attended a single-sex college, the topic of gender identification came up a lot, especially when it came to admissions. Another women's college changed their charter from "we the women" to "we the people" to be inclusive to all the gender identifications of all of their students/almunae. Does someone attending a womens college need to be born female, be anatomically female at admission or just identify as female?

      I appreciate reading such a well written, well researched discussion of the topic. We need more people like you!

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

      @FlynntheCat1: Yes, redheads aren't ordinary... they're extraordinary ;)

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      Anwarart 6 years ago

      This is a fantastic and thoughtful lens. I love the amount of research that went into this. I think because it's not possible to see others over the internet, people try to get as much information as they can to somehow make those they're communicating with more "real" and "familiar." Asking if you're a boy or a girl is usually one of the first questions that pops up. Personally, whenever I see your avatar I think 'Oh, it's Flynn the Cat' and figure that you're probably a human and not a keyboard cat of some kind. Clearly, my priorities are different.

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      jenms lm 6 years ago

      I tried that gender guesser thing and put in several samples of writing and it kept coming back male - interesting.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thankyou for letting people know the difference between gender and sex. If only it wasn't so important to people. Gender is very flexible

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great lens. Love your art, whoever you are. Whoever you are is more important then whatever you are.

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      Ellen Brundige 7 years ago from California

      Two more comments.

      1. Love coaxial cable reference.

      2. Anybody who assumes your interest in femslash means you're a girl doesn't know a thing about slash!

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      Ellen Brundige 7 years ago from California

      So good to see Dar Williams pop up here. Among all the other stuff.

      I have watched a lot of interesting gender/roles stuff online on Muds and RPG forums. It's fascinating how much it matters in some places, and not so much in others, and how it's sometimes a game trying to guess.

      Interestingly, I came off as a definite MALE for informal writing and Weak Female for formal writing.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I think you are a shape-shifter whose favorite visual persona is a cat. LOL

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      FlynntheCat1 7 years ago

      @daoine lm: Oh good :D Much better than 'talentless grouch ' ^_^

      It doesn't seem to bother most people, but occasionally someone gets wound up or just really curious - I had to make this lens because people kept asking me!

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      daoine lm 7 years ago

      Very interesting lens! I actually hadn't thought about your gender at all; to me the name says "sense of humour" and the avatar says "artistic".

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      CCGAL 7 years ago

      Wow - there was a LOT to read and absorb here. I didn't participate in the duel because I have not seen enough of your work to have any feeling one way or the other. I can certainly identify with a lot of what you've written about here, having grown up during a time when girls were discouraged from doing most of the things I wanted to do (like play the drums). I worked in a traditionally male dominated profession for years, and often found it puzzling to observe stereotypical differences between my male and female coworkers when asked to solve problems. I came away with a perspective that there really are differences in how our brains are hard wired, but that external genitalia isn't always an indicator of internal wiring.

      At any rate - you write well and this is a serious topic that is far deeper than many of the lenses I've seen. You handled it deftly. I applaud your courage and your sensitivity. Thumbs up.

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      RedSportNiac 7 years ago

      Whatever it is your art is great.

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      FlynntheCat1 7 years ago

      @jodijoyous: haha, nope, brown hair and blue eyes :D Completely ordinary looking.

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      jodijoyous 7 years ago from New York

      Ah, never mind the female/male thing. Are you a redhead? ;-)

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      Nan 7 years ago from London, UK

      To be honest, it's not really mattered to me. Male, female, or other. You're just you.

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      Marelisa 7 years ago

      There's a blog titled "Men with Pens" and "James" recently came out as a woman (she pretended to be male because she got more freelancing jobs that way). And the strange thing is that I always felt that there was something very feminine about "James". So I think that a person's gender comes across in their writing "voice". I think you're female. :-)

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      A fascinating exploration of gender, really thought-provoking. I think you are female... but having read this I also thing it does not much matter, and if I am wrong I can't see it changing anything. I see WildFacesGallery (and others here) had much the same opinion. I like a bit of anonymity online too.

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      MerryChicky 7 years ago

      Great lens, what a refreshing way to open up a dialog about gender. You rock, however you identify. :)

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      I've always assumed female. I tend to be fairly intuitive and trust my instincts on these things, but if I'm wrong, couldn't care less. You're great regardless. :)

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Thanks for visit my duel lens AND for suggesting that other lens to me. It was well worth the visit! So is this one! I'll lensroll you back, you ... you ... YOU.

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      JenOfChicago LM 7 years ago

      Great lens Flynn!

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Flynn, I loved the 'special clicky option' in the male/female vote section. And 'I'll never tell'! You crack me up! BTW, your art work displayed on this lens is outstanding! Excellent idea for a lens. Now whenever anyone asks, you can simply give them this URL to answer their question :).

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      Samantha Devereux 7 years ago from Columbia Mo

      lol Nice!

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      ToniCorset 7 years ago

      What a clever way to develop a provocative discussion on gender! I always thought you were female, but deliberately kept any gender reference to you "neutral" as not to offend. Now I realize that you delight in confusing us, and I am thoroughly enjoying the ride!

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      Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Is Flynn male or female? I'm a big fan of Ursula Le Guin's Hainish people myself. Blessed in an Angel's Last Tango (squidoo.com/angel-last-tango)

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      girl, boy, man, woman...doesn't matter, you're still cool.

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      seratonation 7 years ago

      @FlynntheCat1: lol absolutely!

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      FlynntheCat1 7 years ago

      @seratonation: Stalker :D

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      seratonation 7 years ago

      when i first met you online, it didnt matter to me, either way, and i couldnt tell, to be honest, from just your interactions.

      on the other hand, i noticed that i tend to assume everyone on livejournal (where i hang out on the web) is female until proven otherwise.

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      Kate Phizackerl1 7 years ago

      Great lens. Blessed.

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      jennysue19 7 years ago

      good lens - I have changed my mind at least twice about what gender you are, and now decided it doesn't matter - by remaining mysterious you add an indefinable dimension to your writing here

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      inkserotica 7 years ago

      Great idea for a lens! Would love to have taken the poll...! 5*

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      I've always thought you to be female, Flynn, but now, well, I'm beginning to have second thoughts! I do agree with Bev that you should keep the mystery. Fun and wonderful lens as always.

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      FlynntheCat1 7 years ago

      @Kylyssa: Mwahahahahaha! Yes! I used to analyse everything with it for a while :D

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      Kylyssa Shay 7 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      I don't care what gender you are but - curse you for showing me the Gender Guesser! Can't. Stop. Playing. With. It.

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      It's a total mystery.... and I think you should keep it that way! Great lens.

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      It's a total mystery.... and I think you should keep it that way! Great lens.

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      Kharadriisa LM 7 years ago

      When I played WoW I had guildies assuming that i was a guy. I knew that's what they were thinking and I played a joke one day saying "brb I need some lip gloss" They freaked out. I did need some though it was just some chap stick. And I'm a gal with a good sense of humor.

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      Shibamom LM 7 years ago

      Very nicely done - still trying to guess....but you are totally cool either way!