"Can two 30yr super strong brothers setup a 100 acre permaculture farm with just hand tools...NOPE
Can two 70yr old people (married couple) manage a homestead with leaking roof....NOT Really"
Agree with the concept, yes, that's why I bought a tractor etc. Contractors/help are harder, it was mentioned in this thread about the guys tending to not do what is needed, but what THEY think you need. There's a REALLY intense problem with that, more than a lot of people are aware. Some of it is well meant "I'll take care of you little lady!" some of it is some kind of superiority complex "You just don't know what you need!" some of it is lack of education about Permaculture type things "Of course I sprayed it! You HAVE to spray it!!" some of it is just flat clueless "Oh, that tool you gave me would have done this easier than a shovel?" Some of that probably the males in the Permies world get too, some of it is really specific to females. So I can't assume I can hire someone to help, and actually get done what I need. When I find people I can trust, I hang onto them, but the finding is difficult. Coming up with money to pay them is difficult also. I can't afford to pay anyone to do anything I can do myself, even if I don't like to do a task.
"Overall I would say that with modern machinery/tools/contractors for hire/etc it is just about as easy for a woman to homestead alone as a man could."
Yes, but that ticks off some men. It REALLY does.
"I think that a woman can read a book and use a pencil/ruler/saw/screwdriver as good as any man."
That depends on what kind of person you are. If you are the kind of person who needs a lot of social contact or does not. I do not, I do fine as long as I have at least one animal to talk to. I have severe health issues, and have spent most of the last 22 years alone, the worst time being 2 years that I think I got out the door less than 20 times, to go to the grocery store, talking to no one but the clerk for less than a minute. Of all the things that worry me about being a single female doing what I do, that one is not on my list. Someone who doesn't cope with aloneness might have issues, but that's not a gender specific thing.
"My biggest worry would be the loneliness, months and months, year and year, without a partner/best friend."
Pearl Sutton wrote:The social issues that affect specifically women might be more of a problem, as is the social conditioning inflicted on most women. We are both more likely to be viewed as prey than a male, and more likely to be assisted than a male. The real question is how well will any specific person be able to balance all of that? Some people find some parts more difficult, others will find other parts more difficult.