48104Re: psychology of boatbuilding
- Jan 31, 2006Patrick Crockett:
> It appears that it may be the case that men are slightlyNot in my experience -- the artsy people I know are overwhelmingly
> more likely to be interested in some other creative endeavors
> (artists, authors, musicians)
skewed toward women.
> The difference inI'm not so sure about that. Interest in building boats seems fairly
> interest in boatbuilding is way too large to be due to culture, I
similar between men and women among people who are interested and
willing to work with power tools, but there's a strong sense in the
dominant culture that power tools are a "guy thing" and that women who
use them are weird and vaguely threatening. Interest in owning boats
or other vehicles for recreation -- especially in owning more than
one! -- does seem to skew more toward men, which may further
contribute to the phenomenon.
There also may be a generational factor at work: many boatbuilding
people I've met have tended to skew older than the median, and younger
women are a bit less hamstrung by pre-feminist gender roles.
> So -- what gives? What is it about building boats that interestsI'm not sure that interest, per se, is the limiting factor. Many
> men but not women?
women who I've spoken with have just never had it occur to them that
they could successfully build a boat in a reasonable amount of time,
effort, and skill. I've gotten several female friends involved in
building boats of their own (or repairing existing boats) simply by
describing how easy instant boat and stitch-and-glue building methods
Susan Davis <futabachan@...>
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