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For each post, I count the number of occurrences of words from each topic, which represents the degree to which a post emphasizes a given type of characteristic of the subject. Table 2 displays the differences between Female and Male posts in the mean number of Academic/Professional words, the mean number of Personal/Physical words, the fraction of posts related to each topic separately, and finally the fraction of posts that are purely Academic/Professional.7 The standard error for each measure of topic difference is clustered at the thread level.

Table 2.
Topic Difference between Female and Male Posts
FemaleMaleDifferenceSE
A. Before August 2017     
Counts     
Mean number of Academic/Professional terms 1.8792 3.2468 −1.3676 (0.0236) 
Mean number of Personal/Physical terms 0.9996 0.3379 0.6617 (0.0085) 
Indicators     
Has any Academic/Professional term 0.4772 0.5925 −0.1153 (0.0023) 
Has any Personal/Physical term 0.4396 0.1949 0.2446 (0.0022) 
Purely Academic/Professional 0.2387 0.4595 −0.2208 (0.0020) 
B. August–October 2017     
Counts     
Mean number of Academic/Professional terms 2.6425 3.525 −0.8825 (0.1274) 
Mean number of Personal/Physical terms 0.8943 0.3423 0.552 (0.0342) 
Indicators     
Has any Academic/Professional term 0.5553 0.5968 −0.0415 (0.0102) 
Has any Personal/Physical term 0.3971 0.1904 0.2068 (0.0096) 
Purely Academic/Professional 0.3104 0.4597 −0.1494 (0.0097) 
FemaleMaleDifferenceSE
A. Before August 2017     
Counts     
Mean number of Academic/Professional terms 1.8792 3.2468 −1.3676 (0.0236) 
Mean number of Personal/Physical terms 0.9996 0.3379 0.6617 (0.0085) 
Indicators     
Has any Academic/Professional term 0.4772 0.5925 −0.1153 (0.0023) 
Has any Personal/Physical term 0.4396 0.1949 0.2446 (0.0022) 
Purely Academic/Professional 0.2387 0.4595 −0.2208 (0.0020) 
B. August–October 2017     
Counts     
Mean number of Academic/Professional terms 2.6425 3.525 −0.8825 (0.1274) 
Mean number of Personal/Physical terms 0.8943 0.3423 0.552 (0.0342) 
Indicators     
Has any Academic/Professional term 0.5553 0.5968 −0.0415 (0.0102) 
Has any Personal/Physical term 0.3971 0.1904 0.2068 (0.0096) 
Purely Academic/Professional 0.3104 0.4597 −0.1494 (0.0097) 

This table shows the topic differences between Female and Male posts, measured by counts of words in each topic and indicators for containing any word from a given topic. Standard errors in the last column are robust and clustered at the thread level. Panel A reports posts under threads initiated before August 2017, whereas panel B reports posts under threads initiated between August and October 2017.

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