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A robot answers the question: “are you a feminist?”

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Articoolo is an artificial intelligence system specialising in ‘content creation’. We commissioned it to write on feminism - but how did it do and what did our editors make of the results?

“It is amazing to see how millions of people still do not support the idea that there should be equal rights and equal opportunities for men and women. And worse, many of them feel we’ve already arrived at equality for men and women. 

But what does it actually mean to be a feminist in 2018? The core of feminism is about equality of men and women, not necessarily “sameness.” So many people argue that women and men are not the same so there can’t be equality. In other words, because women are different physically from men (their body is smaller), and because they have different physical capabilities, equality is not possible. 

Feminism does not claim men and women are the same. It is about equal rights and equal access to opportunities despite physical differences. Those who oppose feminism are actually supporting sexism. Sharp and clear. You are either a feminist or a sexist. Sadly, most sexists don’t know they are such, and they are most of the population. So, are you a feminist? If you do not think of people in regard to their gender; if you do not associate people with a certain level of power over others just because they were born with no balls; if you despised the idea that one gender is inferior to one another – you are a feminist.

Feminism is striving for equal society for male and female, without discrimination. By not supporting equality we are limiting opportunity for scientific, medical, cultural and technological breakthroughs. Feminism is trying to create a society where men are not afraid to be vulnerable and women can be independent; a society where being a man or a woman does not impact on how a person lives their life. If you believe in that – you are a feminist.”

Mandie Gower, executive editor, says: “There’s a clear structure, strong argument and good pace. In fact, by the end, it’s rather rousing. Bravo! Just watch the tone – it feels superior and hectoring at times, with a tendency to generalise.

And you need to broaden the argument out. What about intersectionality? The role of trans women? Oh, and which population are we talking about, human or robot? Let’s see a second draft with as much contemporary insight as passion.”

Based in Israel, Articoolo was created in 2014 by a group of content writers, mathematicians, marketers and computer scientists. When given a topic that’s described in two to five words and a word count (maximum of 500), the algorithm generates a unique ‘accurate and articulate’ article within minutes. It can also rewrite articles to optimise them for SEO.

We also asked Articoolo about this year’s spring fashion trends and how to achieve the perfect work-life balance

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