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Time for a new gender poll too ..
Old 01-29-2019   #1
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Time for a new gender poll too ..

It's been a while ...

Edit: Please use the third option for any case of none of the above.
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Old 01-29-2019   #2
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I like that you have offered an alternative to male or female ... bravo!
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Old 01-29-2019   #3
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Old 01-29-2019   #5
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My camera is a female. Her name is Daisy. Actually her name was Fred but she has transitioned (her preferred pronoun is Hir). Her (sorry hir) preferred filter is Cokin.
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Old 01-29-2019   #6
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I voted & I’m still the same ol me as I was the last time we had one of these. Just a tad bit older & my joints hurt more.
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Old 01-29-2019   #7
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Need one more category. "What does it matter"
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Old 01-29-2019   #8
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Omaha restaurants and the streets of the big Apple in normal FL...girls....personally I love them

I voted don't pigeonhole me already
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Old 01-29-2019   #9
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I voted & I’m still the same ol me as I was the last time we had one of these. Just a tad bit older & my joints hurt more.
They say a joint will help the joints.
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Here's the thing, my gender isn't new, it's getting old ...
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They say a joint will help the joints.
I subscribe to that notion.
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Whoops! So much for gender balance.
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I subscribe to that notion.
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Need one more category. "What does it matter"

That falls under "none of your business."


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Old 01-29-2019   #15
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There's only two girls...man I bet they're fantastic...

This poll says something about the future of cameras
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Need one more category. "What does it matter"



I'd wager that some people are midly curious about the demographics of a board they frequent. While, of course, it really changes nothing, it is of interest to know these things.



One might argue that another category could be "pessimistic curmudgeon" could be on there, too.
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This poll says something about the future of cameras
I think it says far more about the gender of people who hang out on camera forums.
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Old 01-30-2019   #18
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There is an old adage about men being more interested in "things" whereas women tend to be more interested in people. While its a generalization and hence partly untrue, I suspect it is more true than not true, overall. Which might also explain why men tend to gravitate to some careers and women are more predominant in others.

And more to the point, it probably also explains why there tends to be more men on this forum than women (or so it seems. Though an alternative explanation could be that women are more shy about declaring their gender in surveys). Such forums as this tend to be somewhat "gear" oriented. We love talking about our camera kit and showing off what it can do with it. This is a blokey thing (women tend to be too sensible for that, I must admit) and hence this forum is more likely to attract more men than women.

None of which says women cannot be interested in gear or for that matter make great photographers. The more the merrier if you ask me. But still there are more men than women here and since it is entirely voluntary on the part of people as to who joins there is a good case to be made that this might reflect some difference in the interests of men and women - not saying its a good thing or a bad thing......just saying.

In days before PC was a "thing" we were allowed to acknowledge such gender differences. Now the PC police jump on us for doing so. From which comments you may surmise that I am really not terribly keen on being told what I may think and what I may not think just in case anyone might be tempted to point out that such thoughts are "wrong think".)
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I like that you have offered an alternative to male or female ... bravo!
Yeah, binary is sooooooo 20th. century!

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Omaha restaurants and the streets of the big Apple in normal FL...girls....personally I love them
Uh?? Huh?? Say what????

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Need one more category. "What does it matter"
I intended that the third option would cover all cases where the respondent did not want to specify either of the above, for any reason. I edited the lede to indicate that.

But to answer your question, I'm mainly curious as to how much the numbers have changed, if any, since the original poll on the subject back in 2005 or so.
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You could poll ad infinitum: ethnicity; education; income; access to health care; geographical location etc...
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I'm still a jerk. LOL.

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Old 01-30-2019   #22
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One could poll for 'jerk' too.
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Old 01-30-2019   #23
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Whoops! So much for gender balance.
Right, it's a male hobby/occupation - except that Helen Hill is female, I presume, and her vote is worth 20x the vote of the average male photog (like me) is worth. So perhaps there is a balance after all. I am interested in the people who voted the 3rd category - but I suppose I shouldn't ask.
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Gender balance? So what?
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In all seriousness, I do hope/wish there was a stong presence of women RF users here at RFF.

The few women rangefinder photographers (they use Leica,yes) I know are amazing -- photographically and beyond.

However, I must say I know many more male than female rangefinder photographers. Why would that be?
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Old 01-30-2019   #27
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However, I must say I know many more male than female rangefinder photographers. Why would that be?
I won't speak for anyone but I could direct folks to the answer to this question through speaking with a few friends of mine and my significant other.

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I need a category for Alien Resident. (NB: Not the same as resident alien.)

Seriously, if a gender poll helps renew the friendly creative conversation about inclusion, interests, standards, styles, whatever! in RFF as it concerns preferences and desires and differences in experience of women (and men, and other) image-makers with some stake in rangefinder photography, I say Great, Okay, Why Not, Yes Indeedy.

Especially if the alternative is the tekkie buzzing of gear drones, or the one-upMANship of guys with testosterone-induced Last Word Syndrome.
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Need one more category. "What does it matter"
If it does not matter, than you did not vote.
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Just to balance things, her eis a picture form my dad's vocational high school photography program (Clarence A. Bach instructor, Fremont High School 1940s)

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They say a joint will help the joints.
That doesn’t vibe well with my current truck driving occupation with the random drug testing but ibuprofen works pretty good.
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this poll does not reflect the gender balance in photography as a whole, but on this site. Seeing photographers at my local shops in LA I would say it is about 50/50 in both film and digital depts.
Young people and women frequent sites like instagram and flickr grps. Let’s be honest, the name rangefinderforum suggests something that dusty old farts would be attracted to. Perhaps it is time for a rebranding?
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This dusty old fart is happy with the name as it is. Based on the participation in the Camera Club that I belong to I would have to give the balance to the distaff side in about a 60/40 ratio.
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This dusty old fart is happy with the name as it is.
exactly my point
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... so we have figured out that this forum is mostly filled up with really OLD MEN ... hmm.
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this poll does not reflect the gender balance in photography as a whole, but on this site. Seeing photographers at my local shops in LA I would say it is about 50/50 in both film and digital depts.
Young people and women frequent sites like instagram and flickr grps. Let’s be honest, the name rangefinderforum suggests something that dusty old farts would be attracted to. Perhaps it is time for a rebranding?
I don't think any changes are needed. When I stumbled upon this site I figured I would be in the minority. I agree it's more balanced in real life than on line.
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My best photographers who worked with me were ladies.

We had a lot of fun but worked hard at the jobs.

After each event we would get together and figure out how we could do better at the next gig.

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