Facebook Finally Stops Trying To Restrict What Gender You Can Choose

A little over a year ago, Facebook finally did away with its highly restrictive gender options. (It was male, female, or nothing.) But instead of being open-ended, the social network would still only let you choose from among a list of 56 options. Now, after catching some flak, Facebook is finally offering infinite… » 2/26/15 1:58pm 2/26/15 1:58pm

Google+ Now Handles Gender Way Better Than Facebook

Google+ just announced a simple tweak to its profile settings that lets you completely customize the gender field in your profile. In the past, you could select male, female, or other. Now, Google offers male, female, decline to state, and custom which prompts you to describe your gender however you'd like. Good job… » 12/10/14 10:14am 12/10/14 10:14am

What Gender Is Your Robot?

Before long we'll have personal robots available to help with tasks, safety, companionship, and more. To that I say Hell yeah! I can't wait to outsource all the boring parts of my life to androids. But here's the question: Will those droids be created male, female, or something less gender-stereotyped? » 11/05/14 2:07pm 11/05/14 2:07pm

Apparently TWC Thinks Boys and Girls Need Different Internet Packages

Over at TWCIdentifier.com, Time Warner Cable wants to help you choose the very best internet package for you. You know, right after you let it know whether these are dude or lady internet needs we're dealing with. Because apparently, that matters. » 10/06/14 1:02pm 10/06/14 1:02pm

​The Flu Shot Is Less Effective in Men With High Testosterone

For years, Sabra Klein has been trying to start a conversation about sex. The Johns Hopkins immunologist studies why women have stronger immune systems than men—a phenomenon that underlies the fact that women are three times more likely to develop autoimmune diseases—but are also better protected by vaccines. The… » 12/23/13 3:00pm 12/23/13 3:00pm

New study: Striking brain differences explain some gender stereotypes

A new research paper published today in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences demonstrates that men and women's brains connectivity is very different which, according to the authors, gives a "potential neural basis as to why men excel at certain tasks and women at others," matching some commonly-held… » 12/03/13 12:51pm 12/03/13 12:51pm

Do geek stereotypes keep women out of computer science?

The media is full of geek stereotypes, everywhere from Big Bang Theory to episodes of CSI and NCIS. These images of geeks as antisocial, immature dorks may seem harmless — but a new study suggests these media images help keep women out of computer science. » 6/27/13 6:23pm 6/27/13 6:23pm

You Started Life as a Girl

Gentlemen, brace yourselves: once upon a time, you were a girl. Strictly speaking, when you were just an overgrown ball of cells in the womb you were female—but fortunately a few things happened along the way to ensure you were all man by birth. » 1/10/13 1:00pm 1/10/13 1:00pm

The Wikipedia Gender Divide, Visualized

Earlier this year the New York Times wrote about the massive gender gap among Wikipedia contributors: just 13 percent of them are women. Now Santiago Ortiz has crunched the data behind the encyclopaedia, and the results are telling. » 9/11/12 6:37am 9/11/12 6:37am

Monthly Mail-Order Grooming Service Birchbox Finally Figures Out Ladies…

Back in April, I wrote one of my first-ever Gizmodo posts, a rant about the monthly mail-order grooming service Birchbox and how their male/female skewed boxes tended to reinforce gender constructs in a pretty annoying way. » 7/12/12 7:40pm 7/12/12 7:40pm

Scientific Proof That Men Have the Dirtiest Desks

Sometimes its hard to keep your desk clean and tidy. Turns out, men seem to find it a bigger problem, because a recent study suggests that men have far, far dirtier desks than women. » 5/31/12 6:37am 5/31/12 6:37am

Don't Worry, Men: The Y Chromosome Isn't Dying Out

For a long time, biologists have predicted that the Y chromosome—the DNA that makes men men—was gradually dying out, and that it would eventually lead to the extiniction of the male of the species. Fortunately, a team of researchers has proven that isn't the case. » 2/23/12 9:28am 2/23/12 9:28am

Men Remember Bad—and Arousing—Times Better Than Women

Do you remember your first break-up in great detail? Maybe sex from the other month? Or, most vividly, the really bad sex from last year? Turns out, men remember unpleasant and sexual experiences far more accurately than women. » 2/01/12 2:20pm 2/01/12 2:20pm

Math Suckage Doesn't Care About Your Sex

You know who sucks at math? Almost everyone, that's who. Newsflash: the majority of humans do not do math because they love and excel at it. We mostly dislike it and are bad at it to boot. » 11/22/11 5:20pm 11/22/11 5:20pm

Freaky Algorithm Can Look at Your Twitter and Tell If You're a Dude or…

Though a bit odd, it's not unheard of for a guy to pretend to be a girl—or vice versa—on the internet. But researchersdeveloped a new algorithm which analyzes the content of tweets and predicts a user's gender. » 7/27/11 3:20pm 7/27/11 3:20pm

Google+ Now Lets You Keep Your Gender Private

Google listened, and now lets you make your gender private in Google+. It also uses gender-neutral language—"they" as opposed to "him" or "her"—to make things simpler. Well done! [The Mary Sue] » 7/13/11 10:20am 7/13/11 10:20am

XKCD Author Asks: Is Google+ Too Gendered?

As the Great Google+ Migration begins—at least among geeks and the "geekerati"—it's still pretty great to see it getting things right on its first go. All the more interesting to see it get something wrong. » 7/09/11 2:00pm 7/09/11 2:00pm

So This Hipster Tech Douche Stalks a Sexy Black Woman On Twitter...

To say my post "Why I Stalk a Sexy Black Woman on Twitter (And Why You Should, Too" provoked a response would be putting it lightly. » 7/15/10 6:40pm 7/15/10 6:40pm

Women Control Gadget Buying Regardless of Who Controls the Remote

From a Sex and Electronics article: "Women buy 57% of consumer electronics (to the tune of about $80B), but influence 90% of all CE purchases." I find those numbers shocking. » 1/14/09 8:00pm 1/14/09 8:00pm

Shocking News: Dudes Like the Internet More Than Ladies

A new study on the "Happiness Index" polled 8,500 Australians aged 18-64, and it found that for men, they were happiest while on the internet. For women, on the other hand, they were made the most happy while spending quality time with the family. I can't see how the discrepancy could cause any relationship problems.… » 10/01/08 11:50am 10/01/08 11:50am