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  "Equal Opportunity" obsession?
From: a san juan kalim1998 at yahoo.com> on 2005.07.20 at 18:04:30(13199)
Hi guys:

There was interesting discussion about why most Palm
enthusiasts (the tree, not the handheld PDA) were guys
and not women.

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From: "Bryant, Susan L." SLBryant at scj.com> on 2005.07.21 at 11:38:02(13206)
Hmmm, interesting question.
However, I only know one Palm enthusiast, and she is a woman (who is
also a well known Aroider and party organizer)
Susan

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From: "Abrimaal Svartvinter" abrimaal at o2.pl> on 2005.07.21 at 11:49:26(13207)
I think women are rather attracted by wonderful flowers (anthuria, roses,
orchids), especially big and scented. Men are analysts, want to know what's
inside, what is it made of, how it works...

Me

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From: LLmen llmen at wi.rr.com> on 2005.07.21 at 13:23:19(13208)
I think women are rather attracted by wonderful flowers (anthuria,
roses, orchids), especially big and scented. Men are analysts, want
to know what's inside, what is it made of, how it works...

Me

Also, I think that men are more interested in "architectural" plants.

--
Don Martinson

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From: ted.held at us.henkel.com on 2005.07.21 at 13:31:27(13209)
I have been a peripheral member of several hobby organizations over the years. Here are my limited observations for growing and cultivating type organizations on this topic:

African violets and gesneriads - women dominate, numerically
Cryptocoryne (aroids) - men dominate overwhelmingly
Tropical fish - men dominate overwhelmingly
Bromeliads - roughly 50:50, with a slight edge to women.

It would be interesting to know if these observations are general or if memberships fluctuate over different locations. This being an aroid list, we must have the records of convention attendance and overall membership for the Aroid Society.

It is also interesting to record here that I am a chemist. When I began, there were very few women chemists. The newer crops are coming in much more balanced. Maybe the membership populations of clubs also change over time.

Of course, there are passive members (my typical category) and active members. And there are joiners and loners. It is not easy to know, for example, if many men grow African violets but don't want to go to meetings where the members are all female. Or vice versa.

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From: "Tropicals" Tropicals at SolutionsAnalysis.net> on 2005.07.21 at 13:40:05(13210)
And because of me, we have more aroids with simple inflorescence than the
roses, orchids, etc, which my husband prefers. Do add our tally to the
count!

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From: a san juan kalim1998 at yahoo.com> on 2005.07.21 at 17:30:54(13214)
Ok...the reason i ask is that in Palms at least, there
are many more men than women in the meetings and
societies (and forums). Someone suggested it was
because Palms signify to guys "freedom", and "tropical
beaches with scantily-clad women", etc, etc...i'm sure
these plants signify "tropical beaches" to women too
though ;-)

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From: Hermine Stover hermine at endangeredspecies.com> on 2005.07.22 at 06:33:05(13223)
At 11:38 AM 7/21/05, Bryant, Susan L. wrote:
Hmmm, interesting question.
However, I only know one Palm enthusiast, and she is a woman

Pauline Sullivan Teddie Buhler, and the list is endless.
hermine

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From: Hermine Stover hermine at endangeredspecies.com> on 2005.07.22 at 06:34:03(13224)
At 01:23 PM 7/21/05, LLmen wrote:

I think women are rather
attracted by wonderful flowers (anthuria, roses, orchids), especially big
and scented. Men are analysts, want to know what's inside, what is it
made of, how it works...
Me
Also, I think that men are more interested in "architectural"
plants.
--
Don Martinson
I am an architect and i rather dislike flowers, roses in
particular.
hermine

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From: a san juan kalim1998 at yahoo.com> on 2005.07.22 at 09:37:36(13225)
Obviously, we are not talking absolutes here, but
generalities...much like a curve describes a natural
population, there will always be the exceptions. It's
like a guy whose Toyota goes bad then makes the
implication that Toyotas are bad in general, even
though to get a more accurate picture one needs to
look at a much larger population of Toyotas.

I am also a member of several aggregations, and there
are areas which are tilted definitely towards one
gender - hymenopterans such as ants for example
attract vastly more men than women, even thought there
are some very good women researchers and enthusiasts.

Anyways, I was just curious, since this came up in
another group....

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