I find it really fascinating that it seems almost every question about history, politics, etc. on here tends to be answered by a much larger number of men than women, at least in my observation.
It seems to me that men are more comfortable being assertive when it comes to factual argument rather than just opinion-based answers (such as preferences or personal stories or similar). It's also endemic in college classrooms from what I understand: men tend to speak up more. I suppose it's a socialized/learned behavior but I'm surprised to see it in an online anonymous community.
Has anyone else noticed this? I can try to find some examples if you want.
@mesonfielde @jacquesvol you two seem to discuss a lot of these types of things - have you noticed this? @esplorare this is based on your question/my responses.
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I spoken about this unusual trend before.
I said I thought it might have more to do with how I've noticed men will process a disagreement, or better, a debate as an interesting exchange. Women are more likely to process it as an 'argument' and either attempt to immediately shut down conversation, or avoid it entirely.
I mean, I've had many conversations with Christians on here over religion. (Other faiths too, mind you, but mostly Christians.)
I can think of a few guys off the top of my head, while on the total opposite end of the spectrum from me on a lot of issues, were civil and were actually a lot of fun to talk to.
Including one from just yesterday, @jacwat25.
Meanwhile most female Christians I've had exchanges with have been catty and actually end up far more aggressive. They quickly resort to emotional appeals, trying to make me sound like I'm being a bully and should just leave them alone to have their own opinion. Even when they were the ones to initiate the exchange.
It's a pity. I wish fewer women would immediately write off discussions as arguments.0