Gender in Research

How does gender affect your research?  Does it affect the credibility? Topics? Opinions?  When searching for articles, facts, and things important to your research do you even stop to think, oh this was done by a man or women, or do you just carry on and not care what gender the information came from?  Personally, I think the information can be just as credible or false coming from either a women or a man, but I do believe that gender and be very beneficial to different topics.  For example, Cohen talks about “friendship bracelets” being something more common to women and baseball cars ,or toy soldiers to men.  Though you can acquire the same facts and knowledge about these topics from both genders, it is more likely than not that women would know more about friendship bracelets and men more about baseball cards and toy soldiers.

Also, in Cohen’s article she talks about how she would like more women to edit Wikipedia pages.  She is not happy with the 15% women editing percentage.  She believes that there is more to be said about feminist things, that isn’t already out there.  Pages relating to male topics are much more detailed and filled out.  Although, I don’t think the problem is that women do not voice their opinions.  I think that they would rather voice them elsewhere, then Wikipedia.

As stated by Jay Baer,  “Pinterest skews heavily female. 70% in fact, according to our most recent study at The Social Habit.” Now this 85% to 15% with the males in favor may seem ridiculously high but on the other hand for Pinterest its 70% to 30% with the females on top.  In reality these percentages are fairly close.

Personally, I do not believe that women are lacking in voicing their opinions, but I feel as if women are just more interested in voicing their opinions elsewhere.  How do you feel about this? Of course it could be more beneficial if both sites, Pinterest and Wikipedia could come closer to a 1:1 ratio, though is it a necessity?



6 thoughts on “Gender in Research

  1. I agree with you that it shouldn’t matter the gender of the author. I honestly never really look to see who wrote certain articles, but sometimes by the end of the article I can tell if it was written by a man or woman. I also agree that it would be nice to get those numbers up to an even split, but don’t think it really matters at the end of the day. Good blog thank you.


  2. Great meme at the end! I agree with your premise here that the article sets up Wikipedia as the only way people share information on the internet, and that’s not necessarily the case. Places like Pinterest might serve different needs but also allow women to be authorities on subjects that matter to them. And it seems more likely that I would go to Pinterest for information on friendship bracelets anyway. So maybe Wikipedia doesn’t need to be all things to all people.


  3. It would be nice if Pinterest and Wikipedia were to level out at a 1:1 ratio but it is good that there are a variety of sources that women favor and that men favor. Taking the friendship bracelet example, Wikipedia might not be a good source but Pinterest would be because it probably contains more information about the subject. So it is beneficial that there are places on the internet that are favored by women and men.


  4. This is a really good point about how men and women share information on the internet. It makes sense that more women use Pinterest because it is generally associated with female topics. I don’t think that the 1:1 ratio is necessary because both Wikipedia and Pinterest can be used for research, as we have discussed and shown in class.


  5. I like that you pointed out that many women are posting, just not on Wikipedia. I do think the differences between Pinterest and Wikipedia need to be taken into account though. Pinterest is made up almost exclusively of opinions, and it can be a collection of stuff rather than a public resource. Wikipedia is made up of facts used as a resource by many, with almost no opinion in the articles.
    As for whether a ratio of 50:50 would be better or not, a lot of the same arguments can be used to promote diversity in both sites. Diversity in creators produces diversity in Pins and Wikipedia entries, both of which are nice. I think a lot of this comes down to gender conformity. If it can no longer be ‘weird’ for a guy to want to paint his nails or a girl to want to play on the high school football team, then diversity everywhere would be much better.


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