If you're a dude - what would make you show up at an event? Most of the events I'm talking about are hands on events. WHAT AM I MISSING?
Alder Burns wrote:Just by way of observation (my own experience of this is pretty ambivalent), might there be an urban/rural difference? The OP reports a female majority in urban Phoenix, whereas two others in (possibly) rural WA and MT report the opposite. So the question becomes, what are the CITY men and the COUNTRY women doing?
Sam Barber wrote:Alder that is an interesting concept but when we have workshops ...
Cj Verde wrote:For volunteer events or orgs I've seen a 2-1 ratio too. There may be some corollary with the relative lack of women doing epic shit.
Matu Collins wrote:Hahahahahahahaha, I have definately had men come to my events lookin for single ladies. Once I had a really funny guy at a seed saving workshop I advertised on meetup.com who seemed very shifty and I couldn't figure out why until; he told me the only reason he came was to meet some woman who had RSVPed and looked hot. When he found out it was one of those fake profiles spammers make to lure guys to porn sites he told us he has no interest in even planting a tomato, never mind fermenting tomato seed goo! Hahaha, we had a good laugh. He was an apartment living, fast food eating guy looking for a date!
I think it's as simple as this; there's some pretty hardwired gender differences and these are reflected in volunteering.
Charles Tarnard wrote:
I'm very much a think-plan-do person, not so much a 'what's available? Let's see...' person(....)
I think this may be a primary difference between men and women. If we get an idea we want to try something we'll do the researchon that narrow topic,
but generally don't do the research to see what we want to try.
Mariamne Ingalls wrote:Jennifer-
Were these events publicized as volunteer events, or opportunities to learn (workshop), or both?
wayne stephen wrote:The irony of it all ! The men folk who responded in this post are rationalizing their lack of volunteerism . Yet most of us have the words volunteer , pollinator , steward , next to their name . The men who don't also spend quite a few hours volunteering to help Paul infect brains . Go figure .
I'm asking all this not because I want to add fuel to the men v. women argument. I ask these questions because in trying to engage the community with permaculture-related activities, we are primarily reaching women and having women show up at events. How the hell do we reach men? If you're a dude - what would make you show up at an event? Most of the events I'm talking about are hands on events. WHAT AM I MISSING?