Well, one could argue that a gender-typical male would show far less
interest in conlanging than those of the list, although I may be influenced
here by those males I know IRL.
I wouldn't say that women "usually" want to marry and have kids. I'd
venture to say that a good portion of women my age (college) are rather
disinterested in the whole reproductive arrangement, as I am, and there are
probably a lot more of us who conlang than even we ourselves know. As a
group we just tend to be much less vocal.
As for the comparative geekdom of males and females... I have a theory,
which involves gender analysis and so should probably not be lightly placed
on the public list. Would people like me to place it on the list, or ought
I to move it to private correspondence?
On Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 9:56 AM, Leonardo Castro <leolucas1980@...>wrote:
> 2013/2/17 Mia. <gloriouswaffle@...>:
> > I know I am a little late to this party, but I am a female (although not
> > terribly gender-typical) and I really don't care much about what others
> > think of me at all. I don't care much about what I look like. Avoiding a
> > citation for indecent exposure is my fashion priority. I don't care if
> > people are impressed with what I do; I am doing what I want to do. I
> > try to fit in at all. I just don't have that kind of social awareness.
> And I
> > tend to be friends with women who are like me.
> > Conlanging is a pretty low priority for me, but I am a single mom, a
> > full-time student, and I work, so there's very little downtime in my
> > and there's no way for me to shift my priorities that wouldn't end up
> > costing me something I'm not willing to give up. As a result, I work on
> > languages between other things, and I hardly ever participate in the
> > communities, which renders me invisible, for the most part. It's not that
> > I'm not doing it. It's just too much extra effort to post about it
> > regularly, and I definitely don't have the time to read what's being
> When I was a Physics student, a female colleague told us that women
> usually don't think about doing scientific research as seriously as
> men do because they usually want to get married and have children
> until their early 30`s, so they can't take so many years studying.
> > I am not sure that the numbers of women with languages projects is as
> low as
> > it appears from participation in the community. It is, after all, a
> > solitary activity in the first place, so unless you make the effort to
> > out there, nobody would know you were doing it.
> > (Today is the first time I've looked at CONLANG mail in months. Most
> > people would have unsubscribed by now, but this goes to an email I use
> > exclusively for CONLANG and a couple of other lists, so it is invisible
> > me most of the time.)
> > Mia.
> > On 2/12/2013 4:43 PM, Randy Frueh wrote:
> >> My girlfriend has an interest in many 'geeky' activities: roleplaying,
> >> linguistics, ancient cultures, and other things. But she tells me that
> >> is hard to fit these less than critical activities into her life.
> >> I'd probably be more successful were I as driven as she is. But my
> >> priorities are different. I've noticed that she cares A LOT about how
> >> others see her. I couldn't care less about what others think of me.
> >> Is this a common difference? Men and women of the list; what are your
> >> impressions on this?
> >> (Sorry if this is getting away from the OP's question but I feel that
> >> comparative geekdom of men and women may be closely related to the
> >> On Feb 12, 2013 1:01 PM, "Krista D. Casada" <kcasada@...> wrote: