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The first rule of HelpThing is "be bold!" If you can add or edit it, go ahead. We also have a HelpThing Style Guide.
Is your library dominated by authors of only one gender? The "Male or Female?" page (part of Your Profile Memes) will give you information about the sex of authors for your books.
Gender information is entered by LibraryThing members as part of Common Knowledge on author pages. If you want to know more, check out the Common_Knowledge wiki page or the group Common Knowledge, WikiThing, and HelpThing.
The "Male or Female?" page is fairly simple. Along with a percentage male and percentage female, your authors in each category are listed. Authors should be classified by their real-life identity, not by the implied gender of their pen names; George Eliot was female. Gender identity is according to the author's self-representation; authors who identify as neither or both genders (intersexed or transgender), or those who have written books before and after a sex change may be filed in other/contested/unknown. Corporate authors or pen names for people who always write together should be classified as N/A. If no-one has entered information for an author yet, the name will show up as "not set."
You can click on any name to go to the corresponding author page.
 Notes and Frequently-Asked-Questions
 Why isn't my favorite author identified?
Common Knowledge information is entered by members just like you. You can help improve the listings for others by contributing to Common Knowledge yourself. See the Common_Knowledge wiki page or the group Common Knowledge, WikiThing, and HelpThing for more information on how to help.