As a female member my response to this issue is that to have a forum where only one gender can
respond is a reverse sexism that I do not agree with.
I understand why it is there, and think that it is a valuable tool, however to cut out say 90% (that is perhaps a conservative estimate of the gender gap here!) of possible responses to a question doesn't make sense to me.
I believe we are people first, sailors second, gender last and would like to see the forum open to all responders. Perhaps with guidelines in place if you feel that is necessary to encourage more women to participate.
Thanks to the moderators for taking so much of their time to keep the discussions happening. I learn alot from reading through the threads on various subjects and really appreciate this resource.
Person, beginner sailor, woman