Of course there is a hisSailNet, it’s called THE REST OF SAILNET!
It’s a shame this sub-forum can’t be limited, but I don’t recall whether or not you specify a gender when you sign up.
The world has come a long way towards gender equity, but there are still substantial issues. In conversations men and women interact differently, often to the detriment of women.
For instance it is generally thought that women talk more than men. Way back in the 70s during Roe v Wade one of the attorneys said *to the supreme court* that since he was arguing against a woman she was sure to get the last word. More recently an Uber board member complained about all the women on the board, saying it led to too much talking.
But in fact, in formal settings, women talk less than men. Even though they talk less, they are perceived to be talking more. Men dominate conversations, even while they think women are doing all the talking.
TIME: The Truth About How Much Women Talk — and Whether Men Listen
In a now-classic study, Barbara and Gene Eakins recorded seven university faculty meetings. They found that, with one exception, the men at the meeting spoke more often and, without exception, spoke longer. The longest comment by a woman at all seven gatherings was shorter than the shortest comment by a man. Susan Herring found a similar pattern in online discussions among linguists on professional topics: Messages written by men were, on average, twice as long as those written by women.
My wife is scarcely a shrinking violet, but she went to Smith, a women's college, and she feels she got a better educational experience because of it.
And as if to prove the point, I just rambled on far longer than the original post...