The video below is seriously one of my favorite things I've ever seen on YouTube. It comes courtesy of MyToeCold, this high school student whose YouTube oeuvre includes funny reviews of pop songs (a reaching trend piece in some lame-o publication or the Times might dub what he does Music Crit 2.0). The thing about this kid is that he's somewhat androgynous, aesthetically and vocally (that his name is Drew doesn't help matters). I thought he was female for a really long time. He gets that a lot, and unlike about every other person on earth (especially those of the emotionally fragile high-school-attending variety), he has a tremendous sense of humor about it. He posted his initial response to the what-are-you discourse in January last year, but then he followed it up a few months later with what is embedded below: a man-or-woman-on-the-street piece, in which he polls strangers (mostly old people) about what they think his gender is. The results are uniformly hilarious.
My favorite thing about this is how willing everyone is to give their verdict on the spot. This is an embarassment of shamelessness. Despite it being a year old, this video has just under 17,000 views. It should have, like, a thousand times that amount. I think the biggest problem is how loud the background music is -- it forces you to really pay attention and that doesn't exactly jibe with the ADD-influenced atmosphere of YouTube. I wrote to Drew to see if it would be possible to upload it again, but without music, so as to maximize its marketability, as it were. It seems it was made on his old computer and the edit file no longer exists. Oh well. Not that he cares about my opinion, anyway, I'm sure.