sometimes, it’s just confusing. there are people called Bill and Bob who are really ladies (and in this case, both named Susan or thereabouts). and there are men named Stacey and Kaydee (the latter of which may be very commonly a man’s name in Germany, i don’t know that much, but i know i did think he was a she for at least some period of time). and then you have me, kd, rather androgenous — i’ve been called a guy a couple times, which (since Kitty prompted me to make an about page), just means somebody didn’t read the page before deciding.
and you know, without reading the about pages or any other identifying blurbs, it’s really not easy to figure out who’s what. you could go read Bill talking about her passion for computer gaming and assume, male geek, or you could read Stacey posting about where to find shoes (yes, straight men do look for shoes), and you could get confused.
i like it. i’m thrilled that gender roles are less confining, and that you can ‘meet’ people through their weblogs and not be immediately able to discern those things you’d be struck by, in person. most people don’t have pictures of themselves on the very first page — and it gives you time to get to know them, words first, from the inside. i like doing that.
for instance, the first time i read Melly i had no idea she was a tall gorgeous redheaded hottie with legs up to there. i just thought she was funny and brilliant. she could have been a typing shrimp, and i’d have admired her words first, other stuff later.
i also like the internet because i can be, you know, matronly, and have that not be the first thing people see of me.
i’m not sure where i’m going with this? but i like it here. i like it that blogs tend to present life from the inside out, rather than the other way around.