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?