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Gender-bait is a term used by William Gibson in his 2003 novel Pattern Recognition[1] for the practice of some males who represent themselves as females online to elicit a positive response from other males. This is most common in Internet forums and massively multiplayer online role-playing games.

The term gender-baiting has been in use at least since 1992,[2] mostly in the sense similar to race baiting.

See also


  1. "Nothing like genderbait for the nerds, as I'm sure you well know." Pattern Recognition, paperback, page 78
  2. gender-baiting - Google Groups
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