Re: Gender differences in cyberspace

Subject: Re: Gender differences in cyberspace
From: Wolf Lahti <wduby -at- TECHCENTER -dot- PACCAR -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 1995 14:01:28 -0800

Geof Hart said:

> I've seen men fail to understand men (and women fail to
> understand women) just as often as this occurs in
> between-sex communication. So, to reiterate Gretchen's
> question: anyone out there got good, hard evidence for
> differences? And what does this mean for our writing?

Heck--I generally understand women *better* than I do a lot of men. At least
the females I know are not alway spouting sports statistics at me.

I strongly suspect (but, again, cannot substantiate) that any communications
bias that exists is extant due to societal or cultural biases and not because
of any inherent biological differences--it's gender, not sex. I liken it to
touch-typing. Given that more females than males touch-type, is this because
they are better adapted to living in typing pools?

"I hate quotations."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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