I hesitate to reply, as I have been harassed here before and just this reply might mean I have to change my username (again) or start a new account. I am not an overly sensitive person and worked in male-dominated fields my entire career, but the internet is another thing entirely.
The search function and categorization algorithm on CF is inherently sexist. If you start a topic with "women" in the subject line, it gets tagged and is searchable as "men". Bleccch.
Facebook is a different animal. Most people use their real names and real genders, and closed moderated groups are easy and free to set up. If there is a men-only sailing group on Facebook, that's fine with me and I would not want to infiltrate it. Just because men
on the internet are rude to each other all the time doesn't mean that behavior is a desirable thing.
If you are in the majority, it's easy to belittle the concerns of the minority or just plain turn a blind eye to them. That doesn't make those concerns any less real. Empathy is one thing that is in short supply in most places on the internet.
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