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19th January 2010 (14:04)
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Poll #1513627 Stereotypes #94

Leaving clothes scattered on the floor at night instead of folding them neatly - is that a stereotypical male trait?

Yes, absolutely, it's a typical guy thing to do.
12(21.4%)
No, I've never heard of that. Being neat or untidy has nothing to do with gender.
13(23.2%)
I've heard of the stereotype but I don't think it's true.
31(55.4%)
I've never heard of that, but come to think of it, you're right!
0(0.0%)

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Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 14:13 (UTC)

If that one's true, then I and many of my homegirls must be guys.

And I've met plenty men who keep neater places than me. Depends on the person.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 14:35 (UTC)

then I and many of my homegirls must be guys

...That's where I was going with that, yeah. :-)

It occurs to me that as a non-Angel-the-Series fan you might not get that reference.


It's for a fic; I wanted someone to refer to the stereotype, but then got I concerned whether most readers would recognised it as such, or if it's just me imagining things. Hence the research...

Edited at 2010-01-19 14:38 (UTC)

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 14:42 (UTC)

You made a reference to something? It's far too early in the morning for me to get references. Meh.

I thought you'd gotten into a fight with your girlfriend about leaving your clothes on the floor at night and were doing a poll to "prove" to her that it's not just a "guy thing" or something. Fanfic research is much more boring.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 16:17 (UTC)

a) I would never be so petty.
b) What girlfriend?
c) I misremembered on account of how it was too early in the morning. I thought it was one of Skip's lines but it'sactually D'Hoffryn's (to Anya/Aud in 'Selfless').

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 19:04 (UTC)

a) Hey, you have to have some flaw somewhere...I will find it.
b) The one I made up for you at 8 AM this morning. Duh.
c) ...I should have caught that. Dammit!

Posted by: flake_sake (flake_sake)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 14:22 (UTC)

Don't think there's much of a difference, I do leave my clothes on the floor sometimes, more often than my boyfriend come to think of it and I don't think I have ever "folded them neatly", at best they're hung over a chair.

I don't think it's much of a guy/girl thing, both sexes tck both ways with tidyness, though there are certain extremes that so far I have only seen with men (though that doesn't mean much, might be that there are women just as disgusting), like two college collegues who live together and thought it was a good idea to put the dirty dishes into the cupboard. As nature goes after a while life developed in there and there were maggots. Instead of finally manning up to clean the cupboard, they sealed it off with tape so the maggots couldn't get out.

Never met a woman who could take that level of urgh, but then men tend to be digusted too by this story.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 14:38 (UTC)

As an added datapoint for your research, let me also add... ewww. :-)

But in this case I'm not really looking for the actual truth about differing standards of neatness between the sexes (if any), but whether there's a common perception or sterotype that there's a difference.

Posted by: leseparatist (novin_ha)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 15:08 (UTC)
[angel] joyful mysteries

I do think that girls may be more likely to hear a gendered argument about the need to be neat when scolded for leaving clothes lying around. "Girls don't leave clothes lying around" can be uttered in such cases, yes: but personally I'm more likely to expect problems from guys regarding washing the dishes.

That's certainly one chore my brother keeps thinking to be beyond him...

(I once had a roommate who did the washing up for her boyfried. It was surreal...)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 16:18 (UTC)

I once had a female friend offer to do my washing up for me. (Only coffee cups, but still). It was kind of odd...

Posted by: leseparatist (novin_ha)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 14:32 (UTC)
[buffy] change the rule buffy

Unless I have a penis tucked in somewhere and I forgot all about it...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 14:39 (UTC)

Maybe you left it lying on your bedroom floor last night? :-)

Posted by: leseparatist (novin_ha)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 14:54 (UTC)
[ats] bat girls

Under a sock in the corner, that's not impossible!

Posted by: Mrs Darcy (elisi)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 14:45 (UTC)
Sexy Housewife by poshcat

Well it is certainly a stereotype *I* am familiar with!

I think it generally depends on the person - women can be just as messy as men. However, women don't believe that a laundry fairy will come and pick up all their stuff.

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 14:51 (UTC)
kitty

I've been trying to train my cat to pick up my laundry. Hasn't worked so far.

*not domestic in the least*

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 16:21 (UTC)

...It occurs to me that in the Buffyverse, a laundry fairy might be exactly what comes along if you summon it by leaving enough clothes lying around. :-)

Or at least that's the excuse people make. Anya would probably point out that laundry fairies wash the clothes in the blood of their victims or something.

Posted by: ladypeyton (ladypeyton)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 15:30 (UTC)

I throw my clothes in the general vicinity of the hamper and, bad wife that I am, I expect my husband to pick them up an put them where they belong since it's on his side of the room and he's our go-to guy for laundry if we don't pay the laundromat to do it for us.

Edited at 2010-01-19 15:30 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 16:23 (UTC)

Totally apropos of nothing, but what exactly is the PipBoy doing in your icon? Demonstrating a fire or radiation resistance perk?

Posted by: ladypeyton (ladypeyton)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 17:29 (UTC)

Drinking a cocktail while Rome...I mean the Capital Wasteland burns?

LOL

I have no idea. I found the icon on the web and liked the colors when I was looking for a new Fallout 3 icon.

Posted by: Barb (rahirah)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 15:47 (UTC)

I don't think it's genetically male; I think more men have grown up in the belief that if they are a slob, their wife/girlfriend/mother will pick up after them.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 16:21 (UTC)

For my purposes, that's even better. :-)

Posted by: eowyn_315 (eowyn_315)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 16:58 (UTC)

Word.

I'm generally a messy person, but I recognize that no one else will clean up stuff for me, so I try to make an effort to put stuff away. I think men tend to have less of that awareness and act accordingly.

Posted by: rhiannonhero (rhiannonhero)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 17:02 (UTC)
BTP

I do it and I am not a male. :P

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 17:16 (UTC)

Aha! But I do it and I am, so we still need more information. ;-)

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 17:12 (UTC)

Judging by my son's behavior - yes! :)

Posted by: lusciousxander (lusciousxander)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 18:05 (UTC)

I've heard of the stereotype but I don't think it's true. Because my husband is so tidy and I'm so messy. Poor guy picks my clothes from the floor as I snore in bed.

Posted by: Emmie (angearia)
Posted at: 19th January 2010 19:38 (UTC)

Yeah, if leaving clothes on the floor is a guy thaaaaaaang than call me Emile (which is kinda a sissy name) 'cause I'm totally a dude. :P

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