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Old 12-18-2013
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Re: Is Sailing Sexist?

Originally Posted by Sal Paradise View Post

As for motorcycling, of which I am also a member - its almost all guys. I bought my wife her own motorcycle years ago and she rode my bikes too. When she was young she was a halfway decent rider but as she got older she became, in her own words, too scared. Its okay.

Motorcycling is almost all guys. Most guys, myself included , love riding with momen. They give a great perspective. Difference is you don't hear many women complaining about the overwhelming number of guys. My guess is the women motorcyclists are a bit more adventurous and have learned to enjoy it.

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yeah. that's what i was pointing out. in America, at least, i wouldn't say more than one in ten motorcycle owners are women. however, every guy i know that rides thinks it's awesome when they see women riding their own bikes. and it's no question that women love to ride on motorcycles. however, most women don't seem to have any interest in riding their own bikes. why? i don't know but it is certainly not because motorcycle riding is sexist. i think there are just certain things that attract women ( or men, for that matter ) and certain things that don't. biker women are very outspoken yet you never hear discussions like this in the motorcycle community. so, it would seem, the women who ride don't seem to think the fact that many more men own bikes is sexist.

it's been suggested that it's sexist because, in a lot of cases, men and women take certain chores as belonging to one or the other. but i don't see that as an argument with merit, either. i work on the cars. my GF does most of the cooking. notice i said most and not all. of course, i am the one who knows how to work on cars. she is a better, all around, cook. is it sexist that she doesn't do half of the car work and i don't do more of the cooking? no. she doesn't know how to work on cars and, although she enjoys having me explain what i am doing to her, she has no interest in actually doing it. believe me. i have a lot on my plate. if she wanted to take the auto work off of my hands, i'd let her. it would be less work for me to worry about.

it's easy to see discrimination in everything you see, if you have that frame of mind. that doesn't mean it's there. it's easy to be paranoid, if you smoke pot, but that doesn't mean anyone is really out to get you or that there is a cop behind every noise you hear.
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Re: Is Sailing Sexist?

I think you are onto something there, jack. I can only add that its weird the way the guys literally fall all over the place goofy eyed and giddy when they see my wife take off her helmet and that blond hair fall out. OMG - a woman rider!!!

And riding with her in our group they are thrilled that she is with us. I mean, to me its almost embarassing attention but she seems like she either doesn't notice or she likes it. I really don't care. But its ridiculous. The guys are beside themselves with happiness that we have a woman rider in the group. Still, she isn't really interested.

I think that is something that women don't understand about men - how much guys enjoy sharing activities like sailing or riding with a woman.
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