Originally Posted by TheGoddessMaria
I'm speculating, but it's not always easy to "come out" as a woman in an intellectual setting. I have had conversations change after the person I was engaging found out I was female. All of a sudden, the intellectual edge was dulled - well, all of a sudden after I got hit on first, and then told, "of course you think that way, you're a girl!" about a different subject later, that had nothing to do with gender! I was defended by lots of men that time, so it didn't sting for very long.
I've set my profile on Facebook to "male" out of the frustration of seeing diet pills and cosmetic surgery marketed to women my age. (I'm 37) I'm very happy with myself, but like most women, I'm not sure that I remain completely unscathed by the message those ads send : "You'll only be miserable without our product!"
Whoa. My question is why do you even need to list your sex on Facebook? I have never put down my sex, so I don't get gendered ads. If you put male, you're still going to get stereotyped ads.
I've thought about telling people I am a man online for an experiment... I want to see if women generally treat me differently. And I was thinking the same thing about transgendered people. You could be male, but you may identify as a woman and with a female body.
I always find it interesting when different spaces are dominated by one gender. A general vegan forum I go to has a poll that says 65% female (there are also a lot of gay men), but the vegan fitness forum I go to seems pretty male-dominated. Are women not into fitness?
I understand the vegan bodybuilding forum being male-dominated, but I hadn't noticed a gender difference in general fitness before.
I suspect there are a lot of men here because...
-Steve posts about being "a man" (I always find that weird, frankly...)
-There are posts about business, which more men seem interested in than women.
-And just generally... people may identify with Steve's masculinity/maleness?