I have been looking at Google Chrome Apps recently with a lot of interest and I’ve come across some excellent things. Jailbreak The Patriarchy is very simple and it’s curiously addictive as The Mary Sue discovered. What it does is swap every gendered word on a website for the opposite. An example of this would be – He sat down and picked up his beer changing into She sat down and picked up her beer.
It’s actually particularly revealing if you hit something like a news story as you can see how the language is structured in order to create an impact. Gendering language is something we all do instinctively. It’s something I do as a writer and it’s something I do as a reader. I really recommend this app as it’s genuinely eye-opening stuff.