Ah. I didn't realize a specific person of unknown gender was included in that. I like learning, though, so thanks for the education. :)
Yeah, considering I went back to check which particular poster was being talked about and then gave up because it was nested too far back, it's totally understandable that now people don't know what the heck is being talked about ha ha.
Maybe people don't need to get angry about it? I'm sure no one means any harm by it. I've seen people of both genders assume something about the gender of someone else in an internet conversation, and as someone said before, it doesn't usually have any real relevance to the conversation. Most discussions and advice apply to both (should I use "all" now?) genders.
Absolutely. I don't think anyone is insulted by being mistaken for male. I mean, that would indicate a sort of messed up attitude toward men. And I don't think anyone gets angry in instances where someone hazards a guess about gender and is wrong. It's the underlying assumption that everyone is male until proven guilty that's weird.
Like, everyone, including women, tends to assume a person on the internet is male until they start talking about their boobs or dresses or something. If people truly didn't care or it wasn't relevant, they would assume the person is female some of the time. Or we could propose switching it entirely, assume someone is female until they start talking about their dick or something. But that would feel weird, right? So to me, that shows that it's a messy mental habit that would be worth getting out of.
But to present an actual mustachian problem!
Your SO says, "Somebody at work mentioned the guy who rides a ten speed everywhere thing from Family Guy
and I was like, 'oh my gosh, that's you!'"