Meme: @Iszi's Gender
Originator: @Iszi, @ScottPack, @GrahamLee
Cultural Height: Most of 2011
Background: Originally, @Graham made a snarky comment to @Iszi, and @Scott over-analyzed and ran downhill with it. @Iszi's protests of malehood notwithstanding.
Graham Lee: @Iszi Just doin' my job, ma'am ;)
packs: @GrahamLee Hm. I always assumed Iszi was male, though in retrospect all statements could be gender neutral. This should be interesting to see (his|her) reaction.
Iszi: @packs Funny. Real funny.
Graham Lee: I keeed
Iszi: I suppose these days "wife" is a gender-neutral term, in respect to identifying the speaker. I know I've mentioned the XYL once or twice here.
From there, it just continued to hang around, like a cloud of gender-confusion hanging over @Iszi's gravatar, such as this assortment of comments:
Probably around the same time my gender came into question.
A gender/orientation identity crisis? Yeah, me neither. Though I was a theatre major for a while, that should give me some perspective.
Whichever gender @Iszi may or may not be is still, in my mind, an open question until I see (him|her) in a bar.
First you accuse me of being a different gender. Now I play with sock puppets?
Great... now I'm a scapegoat of questionable gender.
I don't mind. I'm already "a scapegoat of questionable gender" here. May as well add S&M to that.
One's choice of under garments is not necessarily indicative of one's gender.
Eventually, @Iszi had no choice but to meet with @Scott in person, and allow him in-person authentication - a gender-CAPTCHA, if you will. Results were first announced via Twitter:
At a bar with a male claiming to be @IsraelZulu. Gender confirmed to an acceptable margin of error.
Results were later shared broadly within the sec.se community via chat.
No, @ScottPack has "verified my gender to within an acceptable margin of error" as male.
And thus the mystery was put to rest.