Out of curiosity I’m wondering if there’s any other female members on this forum,Seems to be a boy’s club no girls
We miss CJM
Unfortunately, such is the demography of a forum like this.
I’m (yet another) XY member.
I would also like to hear views from females too, but I do tend to agree with @dxnerd that they generally don’t appear to be interested in these kinds of issues.
They seem to be more interested in content than presentation.
This especially applies to the radio section, though Karen is a frequent poster there. I don’t think she frequents the DX thread, though, which has to be the most male dominated thread in this place. Female amateur radio operators are rare and female DXers even more so.
I know of a female DXer on the British Digital Spy forums; I’m not sure if she’s still around as I haven’t checked that site in a while.
I would love to see more diversity on these forums, whether by gender or otherwise.
I’ve been a radio nut from when I was very young,that’s why I’ve posted most comments in the radio sections,radio history is a favourite thread of mine or the radio section altogether.Anything about radio transmitters,etc I don’t really understand,I’m not a DX’er either.I’m a very occasional TV watcher,can count on one hand the TV shows I actually watch these days. I mostly stream Netflix,Stan ,or watch catch up TV,Tenplay:etc
Same here- I rarely visit the TV threads, though the thread on master tv systems in hotels etc. piqued my interest just now. My TV viewing habits are pretty much the same as yours, too.
I think the greater male representation on forums of all kinds may be because us blokes are more prone to procrastination on the Internet .
I think the small amount of females that might be interested in nerdy media discussion are over at https://forums.auscelebs.net/
My first impression is that it doesn’t really look like a forum aimed at women.
Nope, not me. I worked in radio so find discussions here very interesting. Having a bit of an insight what goes on behind the scenes in media makes this forum much more interesting than ones who focus on the Kardashians.
Margaret Gee as well.
As a male myself, I think the problem with getting women on a forum like this is that, for better or worse, many of the topics discussed are of interest to very few people, and those of us who do find it interesting tend to be a fair bit nerdier, shall we say, than the population at large - and whilst I realise that this might be very dangerous ground for a bloke to be stepping on, my experience is that the vast majority of people who hold such nerdy interests as ham radio and television presentation tend to be male. Whether this is innate or down to society is another matter entirely, and probably not one to be discussed here.
Also, and I do realise that I must tread very, very carefully where this is concerned, I get the sense that a fair few people who go on these sort of sites may be autistic. I think a lot of it might be to do with the fact that things like television presentation tend to be very repetitive by nature, hence why they might appeal to people with autism, and thus why they might enjoy browsing/posting on websites like this one. I mention this because there are far more autistic males than females, and so wonder whether this may be a reason, albeit a peripheral one, as to why forums like this one tend to be overwhelmingly male.
Well said, I agree totally,My workmates probably think I’m
odd and slightly weird and I do like to keep to myself. (I can’t sit with the other women I work with at break times because I don’t fit in,never been married,no husband /partner or children,grandchildren ) I’m on ‘The Spectrum ‘ myself and you’re correct ,not as many females have this condition.Thats why this forum appeals to me ,and why I’ve always been a radio nut in particular
Thank you. I was deliberating over whether to post what I’d written, as I didn’t want to come across as insensitive, and in no way do I wish to dissuade anyone from posting here. I have worked/volunteered with autistic kids, and I may or may not be somewhere on the spectrum myself - as such, I’d like to think I am somewhat knowledgeable about the condition.
More needs to be known about this condition,there might be other adults out there who weren’t diagnosed as children. I like to think of myself as nerdy and eccentric .As for work I don’t mind that I don’t have any friends there, I have my family and neighbors I’m friends with.As long as my boss is happy with my work that’s all that matters, I only go there 5 days a week to do my job as best as I can,not to socialize and yap yap yap. I’m lucky that I have a job too,many adults with ASD find it difficult to find employment and stay employed ,
I agree. In a general sense, Media Spy fills a void that is left untouched by broad-based websites such as Reddit, Facebook and Twitter; it caters for a niche demographic that is interested in the finer workings of the media.
Honestly, it’s not surprising that we don’t have much of an age/gender diversity. It isn’t a site that people with only a passing or minimal interest in the media would find enjoyable to participate on. Most people here have either had an interest in the media for many years or have worked in the industry. There isn’t a middle ground. If you’d wanted to make Media Spy more diverse, there would probably have to be an increase in topics that aren’t entirely centered around media discussion (which wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, IMO). Otherwise, it’s unlikely to ever happen.
Re: Autism; not to sound insensitive, but I can see how that would be the case, to be honest. Not that it matters anyway, as it’s a positive thing. Being on the spectrum doesn’t define who a person is, much like how someone’s sexuality doesn’t dictate who they are as a person either. I can only speak from my own perspective, but it doesn’t change the way I perceive or interact with them.
I personally had two friends in High School who had Autism (they were low on the spectrum) and they attended the mainstream classes, just like everyone else. Sometimes I’ve even wondered if I might be on the spectrum (due to my unique interests/hobbies, e.g the media), however I am pretty certain that i’m not (I can’t relate to any of the signs/symptoms associated with low-level Autism and I have never been confirmed as having it on online tests that I have done).
In any case, I feel as though Autism is something that needs to be embraced. I can understand that some people on the spectrum may not want to publicly reveal that they are on it and that’s okay, but I tend to think that the stigmatisation associated with Autism would start to disappear if more people were open about it. The issue is that many people have a lack of understanding of what the Autism spectrum actually is.
I do okay ,I have been in the same job for over 25 years now,10 years in a previous job ,and 2 years out of work .I do suffer from anxiety and depression,that is part of this condition.Lucky they understand me at work now ,when I do become very upset.I would be classed as ‘high functioning’ as I’ve been employed for most of my working life and attended mainstream schools(even though I only just passed most subjects) .Of course there’s a limit to what I’M able to do ,thats why I’ve only ever worked in manufacturing.Its only minimum wage but its better than the pension or Newstart Allowance
As a male member of Media Spy, I personally think it’d be great if more female members were to join the forums. Infact, any form of diversity on these forums is to be welcomed.
Perhaps the reason why some people have their reservations about revealing that they’re on the autism spectrum is because they don’t want to be treated differently to those who aren’t.
The thing about ASD is that it’s so broad that you can’t make any real generalisations about it. On the one end you’ve got people on the spectrum who are super smart who’ve been able to lead very successful lives, but on the other end there are those who have very limited communication skills and need specialised care.