Tweet Analyzer Claims That Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga Are Sexist (And Don't Even Ask About Slipknot)
I've occasionally been criticized for posting what's perceived to be sexist material. (Be careful whenever using the term "rock chick," even in the most positive way, including reference to those who self-describe themselves as such. Trust me.)
Perhaps this is a way to innoculate ourselves against perceived sexism. A new site claims to tell Twitter users if they tweets are sexist.
Twee-Q (Twitter Equality Quotient) was developed in Sweden by an equal opportunities group called Crossing Boarders in association wtih Joan Smith, the UK author of a book called The Public Woman, which deals with gender roles and inequality.
By entering in your Twitter name, the site will look back at your last 100 tweets and render an opinion on your level of sexism. A perfect score is 10.
Entering @alancross returned a Twee-Q score of 1.6, which is horrendous. But what, exactly, does that mean?
The score is based on the source of the tweets that I've retweeted. Of the recent retweets analyzed, 87% (47 out of 52), were tweets by men. In other words, Twee-Q insists that I'm only interested in propogating male opinions. This makes me sexist, apparently.
Let's plug in some other folks, shall we?
Amanda Palmer: 8
Lady Gaga: 7.6
Justin Bieber: 4.6
Rolling Stone magazine: 0.4