The gender diversity question...

Where are all my lovely ladies, non-binary friends, gorgeous trans women and gents, fabulous gender fluid folks and all the other wonderful non-male individuals enjoying this platform? In my previous poll I asked folks to guess the percentage of users on this forum who identify as male, just out of curiosity. https://www.watchcrunch.com/Deeperblue/posts/let-s-play-a-little-game-11566 Let's see if we can find an answer. Polls only allow for a maximum of 4 options which obviously cannot include all the shades of the rainbow that it should. As I do not wish anyone to feel marginalised or excluded I'm keeping it basic with options of 'Male' and 'Not male'. Just answer however you are feeling in the moment.

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I have selected not male to attract more followers.

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Cis-male and ally of all the diversity of the human condition. 💪🏳️‍🌈✊🏳️‍⚧️❤️ 
 

I know this place will lean heavily towards the cis-male, but I feel that there is space held for everyone and I hope you feel welcomed here. 

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Society needs to equip people with skills — not rules and boundaries — for building better relationships. When majority members cannot speak candidly, members of under-represented groups also suffer: “Minorities” can’t discuss their concerns about fairness and fears about feeding into negative stereotypes, and that adds to an atmosphere in which people tiptoe around the issues and one another. These dynamics breed misunderstanding, conflict, and mistrust, corroding social effectiveness. Constructive engagement of differences—and, therefore, effective leadership in culturally diverse contexts—requires majority and minority individuals to develop a mind-set and skills that all parties currently lack.

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I voted male and I'm not going to elaborate and get another thread flagged.

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Can we just be people and talk about watches and clocks and things that tell time and cool fun stuff like that?

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JaeBust

Society needs to equip people with skills — not rules and boundaries — for building better relationships. When majority members cannot speak candidly, members of under-represented groups also suffer: “Minorities” can’t discuss their concerns about fairness and fears about feeding into negative stereotypes, and that adds to an atmosphere in which people tiptoe around the issues and one another. These dynamics breed misunderstanding, conflict, and mistrust, corroding social effectiveness. Constructive engagement of differences—and, therefore, effective leadership in culturally diverse contexts—requires majority and minority individuals to develop a mind-set and skills that all parties currently lack.

Interesting points you bring up. I found the article that your post quotes from:

https://hbr.org/2006/09/rethinking-political-correctness 

The article is based around 'principles for healthy resolution of the tensions that commonly arise over difference' which is interesting, as the aim of this poll was not to highlight any conflict or seek any resolutions, so I wonder if you posted to show that you actually feel there is conflict related to difference on the forum?

My interest behind posting the poll was essentially to understand our little community better. As I mentioned in my previous post it can sometimes feel that WC is essentially:

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...if you judge the diversity of the group purely on the individuals who post. This may simply be the makeup of the watch community in general, but I wonder if actually we are a far more diverse bunch but for whatever reason certain groups choose to post less often. If this poll was to show that actually there is a much larger proportion of non-male individuals on this platform than is reflected in actual activity, then I think it would be very interesting to understand the why behind that.

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Velomax

I voted male and I'm not going to elaborate and get another thread flagged.

I understand you not wanting to elaborate. I know people on here getting reported for discussing these kinds of topics, which is a bit sad in all honesty.

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DariusII

Can we just be people and talk about watches and clocks and things that tell time and cool fun stuff like that?

Completely. It's why we are all here at the end of the day! But it feels that as the group grows and interacts more we are getting more curious of each other as individuals. There have been threads asking where everyone is from, what jobs we do and what we look like. You could just view this as another step in us all getting to know our community. 

Also, we seem to be a fairly intelligent bunch of people, so having a mixture of posts ranging from "What's your favourite dial colour?" through to "Discussion on social diversity in the watch community" could only be a positive to enable a great range of conversations and engagement. 

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Deeperblue

I understand you not wanting to elaborate. I know people on here getting reported for discussing these kinds of topics, which is a bit sad in all honesty.

I think my post got removed because I invited you to verify my gender for yourself.  It seems the moderators spared you from reading that. lol

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I won’t elaborate any more than I’m a grumpy old person, for fear of my post being removed also. I’m just here to discuss watches and enjoy the great company, plus have a few laughs along the way. I don’t particularly care if your pink, blue, black or white, male, female, transgender or gay that’s what makes you, you. All I care about is whether you and I can understand one another and not be offended at every comment that is made. We all live on this little blue ball spinning through space so we need to get along or we are most definitely doomed. 💯

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Annoying old person of no particular gender, race or religion is here to annoy you and upload their watch picture to the ends of time. That’s how I identify myself 🤣

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Deeperblue

Completely. It's why we are all here at the end of the day! But it feels that as the group grows and interacts more we are getting more curious of each other as individuals. There have been threads asking where everyone is from, what jobs we do and what we look like. You could just view this as another step in us all getting to know our community. 

Also, we seem to be a fairly intelligent bunch of people, so having a mixture of posts ranging from "What's your favourite dial colour?" through to "Discussion on social diversity in the watch community" could only be a positive to enable a great range of conversations and engagement. 

I agree we are an intelligent group of folks (interest in watches is an excellent marker for that assertion). The danger lies, however, that our IQ fishies swim with the other fish in our brain ponds…one shark-like creature among them being emotion. Sometimes the brainwater can get a bit frothy when the two mix after a spirited conversation about such a contemporarily-polarizing social phenomenon. Just for safety‘s sake…I feel compelled to shout, “Danger Will Robinson!”