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Wikitravel talk:Gender issues in Wikitravel participation

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Women Wikitravellers[edit]

So, I was just reading a thread on the Debian mailing lists about women involved with that project (It's got something like a 900-to-1 ratio of men to women). And it got me thinking: female travelers seem underrepresented on Wikitravel, too. Why is that? And what can we do about getting more? --Evan 03:00, 16 Mar 2004 (EST)

First, I belive that you can't really know how many women surf wikitravel. Second, I think that mostly men (or at least more men) become addicted to the net or some site (so there are fewer of us around to begin with). 08:01, 16 Mar 2004 (EST)
Been extremely busy with school (studying) and school (teaching) lately, so I haven't been around much lately. On the teaching side, I may get the ratio to swing a bit the other direction as I start using Wikitravel with students at one or two women's universities here. Ted 05:29, 17 Apr 2004 (EDT)
FWIW, I found Wikitravel through a link from that massive Linux conference in Portland (Oregon). If everyone's finding wikitravel through existing Open Knowledge communities, then wikitravel will inherit exisitng gender balances (how does wikipedia do on that front?). The typical reasons given for women not participating in Open Knowledge communities are: many women use their 'leisure' time for household and relationship maintainence rather than online projects (although given how many women blog, I think this is wearing thin); women prefer an environment with social interaction rather than technical interaction; women aren't as comfortable in environments where criticism rather than praise is the normal social lubricant. I can't actually figure out how much of that applies to wikitravel. Hypatia 21:07, 16 Dec 2004 (EST)