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Quote:A second factor may be that astronomy is an outdoor, often out in the country, pursuit, and things done outdoors have traditionally been more male oriented.
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Quote:I'm surprised no one mentioned that men are hunters and women are gatherers. If searching for faint fuzzys isn't hunting, I don't know what is.
Quote:Why not a scope painted and designed to be Lady friendly?
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Quote:Interesting subject. Back in the old sci.astro.amateur group, one German born Iranian fellow pointed out that in Iran, the majority of amateur astronomers are women. Hard to say why in western society, the hobby is so heavily male.Marty
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Quote:I have wondered why myself. I don't know, but I wish we could avoid statements like "science isn't as attractive to the ladies as it is to the guys". Girls are often discouraged in a variety ways of ways from the sciences. It's not that easy for women to gain entry into male dominated professions, and it certainly carries over into hobbies.
Quote:Men and women are wired differently, plain and simple.
Quote:Quote:Men and women are wired differently, plain and simple.No doubt. But people who claim that specific behaviors are genetically based usually end up with egg on their faces.When I was a child, women were inherently inferior in math. It was a self-evident fact; the evidence was everywhere.Today, American schoolgirls' math and science scores are higher than boys'.Did their genetics change? I think not.Don't be too surprised if women amateur astronomers outnumber men some one of these days.
Quote:Men and women are wired differently, plain and simple. Sometimes the two meet on the same field, but it's often not for the same reason(s).
Quote:My gut feeling is that this is not the reason, my thinking is observational amateur astronomy is slightly more interesting to the male population than the female population.
Quote:The men I know are more likely than the women I know to get involved with hobbies that involve tools/toys/equipment.
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