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The percentage of users from 45-55 is even smaller, so I challenge everyone to invite one (or more) of our 45-55 year old design friends to join Designer News.
...but really, I have a lot of designer friends, most of them are male, but it probably sits in a healthy 60%/40% split of genders. I believe that my male friends are more interested in online communities than my female friends, and I don't know if its for fear of speaking up or just lack of general interest in being an active part of discussions.
As always, it depends on the person, and we've seen a lot of female designers around leading companies (facebook's Julie Zhuo is a favorite), writing and making great work out there, so I'm also against this whole "let's invite women to balance the numbers here", that's a politician move, changing the numbers to change perceptions. Let's just invite whoever designer friends we have, the women will eventually be included in those friends.
While we're at it, let's also throw race at this and graph it out and see what race we're missing so we can invite more of those as well? And we might as well also throw sexual preference in here as well, god forbids we might be short on gay people.
Exactly. Why should we only look at gender when aiming for equality?
So you're saying don't try to aim for equality and accurate representation, just let the status quo be what it is? Seems lazy, close-minded, and a recipe for hive-mind.
Equality is one thing, inviting more of a certain type of people to balance out the numbers on the site is another. Or don't you have the same kind of rights here that I, as a man, have?
I personally don't see the point of it. How do you, as a woman, feel about the community making an effort to invite more female users? I think that the part of "making an effort" is what is wrong, it shouldn't be needed an effort, it should be just natural. When I talk about a website or an article to my designer friends I don't filter by gender. Sure, there can be a DN meetup for girls, or even topics on the site created with the female user in mind, both things to encourage more active users and networking. But a challenge?
Right, but it's not natural, thus it requires an effort. Why is that so difficult for the community to understand? No, you shouldn't filter by gender, I agree with you, and generally disagree with the segmentation of the community—but because the voices are so off-scale, effort is required to gain traction and become the status quo. Without that effort, we just continue to live in a world where (some) men don't realize the bubble they live in and thus get offended when women (or other men!) try to work to achieve a balance.
I don't mind putting the effort at all to bring more women to the community or make them more aware. I just dislike the idea of creating a whole movement and a hashtag #MoreFemaleOnDN, and to me it seems that it does more bad than good for the female inclusion.
And I'll be honest, if I was a female designer I'd be trying to promote that fact for my professional gain all the time. I think that women have the power to achieve more and more professionally and historically, and I hope to see more of that throughout the years. The fact that women are extremely multi-tasking is something that to this day still astonishes me, because I can't even listen to the TV and read an email at the same time. Oh, and you can create LIFE within you.
But in all seriousness, female are an important part of the community. As well as everything else. For the last couple of years I've been working with an extremely diverse group of people, different races, nationalities, languages, sexual preferences, and that allows for a different view from each and every one, and a different experience, leading to better ideas and different opinions, bringing more to the table. I just don't like that it seems that the standard should be white + male. That's just too old, and boring.
And I hope that at least this topic stirred the discussion enough to bring a couple of new female users to contribute to DN, forced or not.
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