My default setting is male. If something is of uncertain, or undefined gender, I unconsciously make it male. When I was a kid, if a toy wasn't pink and had no bows or lace on it, in my mind it was masculine. Animals in nature, pets, heck, probably clouds and rocks too. I always made them make if the choice was up to me.
This wasn't something I ever really thought about, or even really noticed, because as I said, it was really all in my subconscious. But then I began to notice that Ruby makes everything female.
Her toys are probably an equal mix of male and female targeted items, and I must confess that I have accidentally assigned many of them a male gender, but even some of the toys with masculine names she will refer to as "she." Ruby also enjoys helping me play my Wii games. She solves puzzles with me and looks for items and secrets when I play. Currently I am in the midst of "Skyward Sword," and Ruby thinks that all of the characters in the game are female. Most of the characters are quite clearly male, (although with anime style rendering I could forgive some confusion) and yet Ruby always says things like "Go talk to that lady again," and "Did you find her fun wheel yet?"
I assumed that it was a gender thing, and that boys must make things male and girls make them female, but when I asked my wife about it last night, she said she often defaulted to male as well. So does society cause us to lean maleward, or is it different for different people? Is society changing? Is Ruby heralding a new societal norm in which being female is as valued (or more valued) than being male? That would be nice, but I am working with a very small sample group here. Do any of you tend to assume gender heavily in one direction or the other? Have you ever thought about why? I'd love to hear more thoughts on this!