As a woman (despite the username), I think most explanations for why there aren't more women in it are gonna end up as dodgy old-fashioned cliches that don't really get at the truth. It reminds me a bit of video games which I also love - it's dominated and gatekept by men, so women that play games just don't bother advertising their interest or getting into the community side. Fishkeeping doesn't seem to have the nti-woman stance of gamers, but it does look like a big boy's club from the outside. As Melll said, I imagine there are a lot of low-key women fishkeepers just doing their thing. I'm a member of a few facebook groups for swapping and selling, and there are lots of women buying and selling tanks there It is nice one of the most famous people in the hobby is a woman (Walstad), and that she represents some of the most scientific parts of fishkeeping. I don't think that love of nature is a one-gender thing, and bringing it back to topic, perhaps bringing more women into the hobby, and particularly the communities would encourage a greater range of aquascapes.Hi @Onoma1 & Everyone,
Excellent thought-provoking thread. May I toss into the melting pot a question over which I've pondered many times? I do believe my question is relevant to the thread title. Here it is:
Why is the world of aquascaping seemingly dominated by those of the male gender? Or, am I wrong in thinking this to be the case?
I'm male and I'm not much of an aquascaper so that's where I stand.
I'm not sure Tim. I find UKAPS to be a very respectful and friendly forum and far less prone to the male posturing that I've seen in the cycling forums that I also frequent.I'm surprised that there aren't more ladies what scape, keep fish, and planted tanks. I don't really think of the hobby as gender specific. But I think we've had more join lately.
What do you think we can do to encourage more ladies to join the forum and get over the impression that UKAPS is a boy's club?
And it's nice that this discussion has revealed some more awesome women fish keepers who I didn't know where here. The forum has attracted women fishkeepers by being a great place, and since the male-dominatedness of fishkeeping is across the whole internet, the fact that there are already some who are happy to reveal ourselves without flack shows that the forum is already doing well.
And I must confess 99% of the cases at those forums I experienced, the problems are indeed caused by cheeky and cocky boys... Must be a testosterone thing I guess.
It's closer to home than that I'm afraid. My Dad for one and my family is about as boring working class white British as you could imagine!Possibly you are right along with maybe cultural differences as well. In some countries/communities women are not allowed to vocalise their opinions/thoughts if they differ from what the male family head says so the sons in the family group grow up the same as their Dad, Grand Dad, Uncle etc so coming across women who not only have advice to give through experience but who are also vocal to give that advice are shouted down/attacked etc as they are just not used to it.
A good discussion
Sometimes it just takes one person with a vision to change the whole nature of the hobby.
The more talent that enters the hobby the greater the chance of that 'something' being hit upon.