Is Clippy male or female?

Is Clippy male or female?

While it may seem strange to gender an anthropomorphic paperclip, it turns out that most users (including Clippy's designer) regard Clippy as a guy. A quick survey of my coworkers indicated that the great majority of them assumed Clippy was male. Even Microsoft employees who work on other products tend to assume Clippy is male - one employee told me that he doesn't use Clippy because "it's a guy thing."

The first reference to Clippy in writing appears in a memo from Chris Capossela to all technical staff members in October 1992. In this memo, which can be found here, Capossela announces the creation of a "Help Desk" team within the Technical Support group, and explains that this new team will be responsible for creating helpful user experiences via "the insertion of humorous paper clips into word processing documents."

This marks the beginning of Clippy's long career of helping people by inserting himself into their documents. Over time, we would come to know him by various names including "Chris", "Mr. Help Desk", and "Your OS X Friend". He has been with us ever since, always assisting users with their paperwork.

In terms of gender, there are two main characters in The Office who could be considered candidates: Michael Scott and David Wallace.

Why is Clippy so hated?

The New Yorker revealed in 2015 that the Clippy software team reportedly ran a focus group to figure out why people despised the paperclip so much. "Most of the women believed the characters were excessively macho and that they were leering at them," they discovered. They also found that most participants didn't like how the paperclip interrupted their reading process.

In addition, another focus group participant said she felt "objectified" by the character. "I understand why some people might find him or her irritating, but that's part of what makes us human," said New Yorker editor Janny Scott. "We all have different tastes and preferences in entertainment, and it's important to listen to those around you if you want to live a happy life."

Paperclips are useful and practical, not flashy or frivolous like many other characters on computers. People don't like being mocked or made fun of, especially in public forums like social media where comments can be seen by many people. In addition, some people may feel uncomfortable with certain behaviors being programmed into a computer program, particularly behaviors that seem sexual or objectifying toward women.

Paperclips also appear in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, which means that more people hate them than just those who use Google Docs.

Clippy was introduced in 1997 as a helpful virtual assistant that would answer questions about using Windows 95 and offer suggestions.

Who made Clippy pregnant?

The original designer, Kevan Atteberry, who just spoke to Motherboard about the pregnant paperclip, is perhaps the most worried by MPR Clippy. "I've never seen anything stranger," he said. "A paper clip has no volume, and to utilize the paper to get him pregnant... I mean, what were they thinking?"

He added that although he doesn't know how far along Clippy is, he assumes it's close to term because "paper clips don't usually go into labor."

Clippy was designed by Kevin Ashton of Michigan State University and introduced in 1997 as a helpful tool for Microsoft Office users. The paperclip's eventual adoption by millions around the world led to many inventions, including Clippy's husband-to-be.

Other designers have also tried their hands at creating new uses for familiar objects. Here are five more things that can do double duty:

1. Toothbrush - Used to brush teeth, brushes hair when you run out of hair brushes.

2. Knife - Used to cut food, cuts hair if needed.

3. Fork - Used to eat food, used as a spear when you need something sharper than a spoon.

4. Spork - Two items that eat food even better than a fork and knife combined.

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Dorothy Gormley

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