Mixing Things Up A Bit with a Battle of the Sexes Challenge:
Something struck me as interesting today while doing my daily follow up for comments and questions here at the blog. There seems to be a difference (generally speaking) between the articles that get more comments from female readers, versus the ones that seem to be favored by males.
Now before someone sends me an email about how I should not be stereotyping people according to their gender, please note this is just a general observation of what “appears” to be happening.
FYI: I myself am a girl who has both a touchy-feely-feminine-side, as well as a tom-boy-tool-using-masculine-side. So I can relate to both persuasions fairly well.
So anyways… it appears that the guys do tend to gravitate more towards the tools and supplies related posts. You can see evidence of this in the following articles where there is a much higher proportion of comments from male contributors as compared to what I see in the comment sections of other posts here at the blog:
I’m very pleased to see the men are comfortable posting at this site. There aren’t nearly as many of them who are vocal in the polymer clay community as I would like to see. However, I have noticed this beginning to change a bit, which is fantastic!
Now if you pop over to posts that are more about feelings, you will notice that the comments are predominantly from women. Here are some examples:
I’m not saying the guys aren’t reading these posts. They just aren’t commenting.
So why even bring this up? Well for one, it’s interesting. And for another, why not change it up a little?
I think one of the things that makes you a better artist (and maybe even a better human), is to take a look at things that you would not normally be interested in and try to see it from another’s point of view.
Some of the most whimsical designs come from men who are in touch with their feminine sides. And vice versa… some of the most innovatively mechanical ideas come from women in touch with your masculine sides.
So I have a challenge for you. Let’s see how many guys we can get to comment on the inspirational, musings and sentimental posts. And how many women we can get to comment on the tools, supplies and gadget oriented posts.
If we all think a little outside our usual boxes, we could create some pretty great stuff. And isn’t that what most artists want to do?