Am I imagining it, or are the participants (posters and respondents) mostly male? I’d love to be wrong about this. If I’m not wrong, then why would that be the case? And more importantly, has anyone noticed whether there is there any difference in class participation between female and male students when these are used in class?
I don’t ask for your gender during the registration process so it’s hard for me bring any data to bear on the question. But if I allow myself some conservative guesses, it seems that at the time of this writing:
- the top ten most perplexing users are all male,
- nine of the top ten most perplexing first acts were uploaded by males.
So help me, I can’t figure out how the interaction on the site (ask a question and click “skip”) or the nature of the tasks (a context and a question) preferences men. The reviews are all blind, too. I’m looking at a photo. Maybe it was uploaded by Candice Director. Or maybe by Dan Anderson. It’s impossible to know until later.
I’m highlighting Elizabeth’s comment to see if anyone can help me figure this out. I’d rather this didn’t turn into a general complaint window, though. I’m interested in locating the source of any gender bias, not in airing out any other grievances.
BTW: My adviser has done a lot of work in gender and math. I should probably check in.
Too many. A really great discussion down below. Here’s a link to my summary.