The Corner

Are There Any Women Writers?

A reader e-mails:

Concerning your corner comments on the “gender genie”. I went to the Project Gutenberg home page, and found a text of “Emma”, by Jane Austen.

I copied and pasted the following text, from the beginning of the book into the genie. It concluded that the writer was male, although it was close. When I filled in that the author was actually female, the pop-up window comment was “That is one butch chick”.

It came to the same conclusion on a snippet from NRO’s Meghan Cox Gurdon.

You’re in good company.

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