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| p.3 #3 · So much casual sexism on photography forums |
I dunno, maybe its just me, but I do find myself getting irritated at the ' I'm thinking of upgrading the wife's camera' ( she, presumably has no inputs apart from, maybe 'I'd like a pink one'). And the tacit assumption that , hey, we're all 'guys' ( in the , erm, masculine sense) - I am aware that, particularly in the US, the term 'guys' can for some inexplicable reason, cover all genders. I have got to say , amongst my friends there are an equal number, no, hang on there are more female photographers than male and, frankly,...Show more →
You also see "I am thinking of getting my son or daughter a camera. My friend is wanting my assistance on a new camera, etc. I've seen one gentleman who's wife was the photographer want to get her a Christmas present of new gear with no idea what to get her, ask for help. IMHO you see more of the I'm getting a present for the wife because WE ARE the minority. The real question should be Why are there so few women? I too know more women photographers than men, and I've shared information about this site. None have bothered to join. You can't blame the men for this, women are free to join and participate. You do, I do.
I don't feel like it's a "we're all guys." type attitude, I feel it's more like "We're all into photography's". type attitude. Canon made a pink camera, and many commented on it including me. So to me really none of your examples are examples of sexism. My company required a class on sexism once a year so I'm very aware of what is considered sexist and I've seen a comment once or twice over the years that may qualify but so rare that I would hardly let it irritate me or even bother me. The vast majority that frequent the areas I frequent on here are just knowledgeable people willing to assist or just wanting to interact with others who share their interest.