My second survey (to which I got about 40 responses) addresses the question of assigning genders to letters and numbers, a part of ordinal-linguistic personification (OLP) synesthesia. I wanted to know if there were any unconscious gender stereotypes coming into play here—for example, the “softer” letters often being female, etc.
I was interested to find that this is not always true.
You can download the raw data in an Excel spreadsheet format here.
The final graph (double-click to enlarge):
Letters more likely to be male:
Letters more likely to be female (not as many!):
Letters that are sort of androgynous:
Also, even numbers are a lot more likely to be female than odd numbers. This fascinating Radiolab episode gives some insight into this.
I personally thought this was a pretty interesting experiment that leaves me with a lot of questions!