My Surveys

A general theme of my blog is going to be the surveys I’ve done. Here’s an overview:

  • A Survey on Gender (results)
    This was my original gender survey, and really the first survey I’ve done ever, which means that to some degree it had some clueless elements. I’d read posts like Typical Mind and Gender Identity and in particular this comment and started wondering how the general distribution of “strongly cis” vs “cis-by-default” vs “magic button trans” is.
    The general thing I learned from the survey was that people are way more genderbendy than I expected, which I at the time blamed on rationalists  being transer than the general population. (Since I’d performed the survey on Slate Star Codex readers.)
  • Genderbending Survey (results)
    So I went on to test that hypothesis by asking redditors on /r/SampleSize. The main thing I learned was that my findings generalized to reddit too. Or at least, to the kinds of people who do gender surveys.
  • Big Gender Survey (results)
    I went on to ask a bunch more questions to see if I could figure out anything interesting.
  • A Few Miscellaneous Questions (results)
    I was starting to get suspicious that self-selection was leading to very skewed results, so I asked the magic button question in a survey whose title didn’t explicitly mention gender. This didn’t change much, which made me more confident.
    I also asked about people’s reasons for wanting to change sex. This, on the other hand, made me nervous about the validity, because people had ridiculous answers like “Why not?”.
  • Multi-Round Gender Survey (results: round 1round 2)
    Since people had given such ridiculous reasons, I was interested in the stability of answering the magic button question affirmatively. This lead me to make a survey where I asked people things twice, some months apart. It turned out that there was some stability, but not perfect.
    In addition, I also got a bunch of interesting things from them, such as a list of things people like about being their gender.
  • A Survey on Masculinity, Femininity and Sexuality (results)
    This was a survey I did to disprove the autogynephilia theory of why trans women transition by showing that A*P (male AAP, female AGP) is actually common among cis people. In retrospect, I went about this in a clunky and bad way, and the autogynephilia theory is probably true.
  • Thorough Genderbending Survey (results)
    At this time, I’d started learning Blanchardian theory from my friend, Trent, and I included some ideas from this in the survey. In this survey I included all the interesting genderbending questions I could think of, but far more importantly, it was the first that included a measure of A*P. Unsurprisingly, A*P correlates pretty strongly with genderbendy answers to my questions.
    This survey is also the first that included measures of attraction to androgyny, again courtesy of Trent. These turned out to correlate reasonably strongly with A*P.
    One notable thing I found is that a signficant percentage, IIRC in the range of 7% to 15%, consistently answered in genderbendy ways across all questions.
  • Gender and Puberty Survey (results)
    In this survey, I asked some questions from the previous Thorough Genderbending Survey, but also some questions about how the participants felt about puberty. In particular, I wanted to know how much variance in puberty-related feelings in general is related to gender. This turned out not to be all that impressively much, and you pretty much have to ask directly about gender-related aspects, e.g. whether people were jealous of the opposite-sex pubertal development, before you get significant correlations.
  • Survey on Personal Sexual Arousal (results)
    This was a second attempt at the same as A Survey on Masculinity, Femininity and Sexuality, except this time I had the opposite bias and decided to try and disprove the existence of the phenomena. I am still not all that satisfied with this survey and plan to do another one, but one interesting aspect is that I aggressively asked for clarification in order to be clear on what people were talking about. These comments should make designing other surveys on this topic easier in the future.
  • Survey on Gender and Valued Experiences (results)
    In the Multi-Round Gender Survey, I collected a list of things that people like about being their gender, and in this survey I tried asking people how much they like the more commonly mentioned topics. One thing that’s interesting about this approach is that it separates “how appealing is maleness?” from “how appealing is femaleness?”, which leads to a distinction between “I don’t like gender”, “I don’t care about gender”, and “both genders sound fun to be”.
  • Broader Gender Survey (results)
    In this gender survey, I tried to ask about a variety of topics that seemed like they would be interesting to know about. In particular, I asked about body image, happiness, nerdyness and social desirability bias.
  • Men’s Sexuality and Attitudes to Gender Survey (results)
    In this survey I proved that men who admit that they have a sissy fetish or are autogynephilic are more feminist than other men.
  • Personality and Miscellaneous Questions Survey (results)
    In this survey I attempted to measure the most sexed aspects of people’s personality using the 16pf model. It didn’t really work.
  • Gender and Psychology Survey (results)
    Inspired by Scott Alexander’s post about optical illusions, I made a gender survey which included questions with optical illusions and other things which are possibly related to NMDA receptors.
  • Genderbending Kink Survey (results)
    I started wondering whether my measure of A*P was broken, so I tested it in this survey. Turns out it was fine.
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