This news makes me wonder how one goes about proving such a fact...how unique is one's writing style, really? Is it like a fingerprint, individual to each person, or is it more general, manipulated by time period, place, gender, etc.? I performed a quick little test over at the Gender Genie, the online tool which purports to predict the gender of an author by counting "gendered" words (apparently, words like "myself," "she," "should," and "where" are female, while "it," "these," and "more" are male). I used a recent book review I wrote for California Literary Review, minus quotes. The verdict? With a score of 1159 to 591, my writing is resoundingly male.
This only raises more questions. Do I write "male" because I've been taught to? Because I write in a professional capacity? Because the majority of canonical writing is written by a man? Or because my writing is (hopefully) strong and decisive? Are strength and decisiveness in communication particularly male traits? Can words really be gendered...especially in a world where gender lines are becoming increasingly blurred? What do you think? How do you score?