Originally Posted by Thanqol
I'd be curious to your response to the following proposition:
The creation of gender categories, as with most labeling efforts, includes both a normative and a predictive/descriptive exercise. You've very effectively dismissed the normative exercise, but in so doing also dismissed the descriptive/predictive exercise as well. That is, you've simply thrown out the label of gender and told us that it has no use in any context related to writing. Do you have in mind any alternative terms or models for use in a predictive/descriptive effort in a piece of writing, or is the effort of determining the characteristics of a work based on traits of its author something that you believe, more broadly, to be an exercise in futility?
Obviously, no need for a further essay, just something to think about.