Danielle Sucher has created a Google Chrome extension which genderswaps the world, and it has a pretty fabulous name: Jailbreak the Patriarchy. When it’s installed, everything you read in Chrome (except for gmail) loads with pronouns and other gendered words swapped. For example: “she put on her most feminine panties” would read as “he put on his most masculine panties.” This is fun!
Danielle writes that “This makes reading stuff on the internet a pretty fascinating and eye-opening experience.” I agree with her. It is one thing to know that we live in a sexist world full of double standards, but it is another thing to see the phrase “momma was a rolling stone” and think about the way we view motherhood vs. fatherhood. As one user commented, “running Jailbreak the Patriarchy for the past few days has already changed my perspective on the world in a way that I find interesting, enjoyable, and valuable.”
Jailbreak the Patriarchy does not trap you “outside the asylum” (there is an off button) but if you feel squeamish about downloading it you could also try regender.com. This website, created by Ka-Ping Yee, works like one of those language translation sites. Just go to regender.com and enter either text or a destination site that you would like them to “translate.” For now I leave you with this: http://regender.com/swap/http://jezebel.com/