Was exploring ways to access info on the g&t site a little and ended up looking at comments people made. The first one, I noticed, seemed to be an automatically generated comment by the blog company itself. It was titled “Mr WordPress”, which I thought was quite interesting in relation to our discussion about technology as masculine culture.
Here the blog company, which is really just called WordPress was referring to itself in “person” form using the masculine abbreviation “Mr”. Probably this is related to the historical English use of masculine words to refer to more global words (eg “mankind” for “humankind”, “he” for a person of unspecified gender) which I do find problematic. But it seemed very interesting that the company was talking about a technological entity (the automatically generated message sender) as male.