muguk wrote:Aly gets her fair share of attention due to her being one of only 2 current (herself & daeghnao) female members on here and 1 of the 3 or 4 in the total life of this forum.
Over-attentive males seem to latch onto our female members in an all too apparent "ugh . wooooman .. must propose to her" way (and probably not just on this forum!) and it's fun to see the way Aly deflects all the offers in such a polite way
What is it with hobbies that primarily generate a male following?
In my grade school days it was plastic models, and in junior high, military boardgames. Very rare to find a female there.
My next hobby in high school, long distance cycling, was more integrated with entire families riding, and some individual females going for the hard rides, though back then a female racer could place in the top three just by riding as there were often women's events with fewer than three riders!
My last hobby, the vintage air-cooled VW scene, was also more integrated due again to entire families participating in shows, parents coming to watch their kids race or compete, and gals with Beetles or Karmann Ghias liking to show them. Hardcore engine mechanics, etc, were primarily men, but there was also a strong female interest in the camping scene, and some of the older hippie gals preferring to drive a VW micro bus.
At its height, Atari was a more integrated hobby. The Sacramento ST Users Group (SST) attracted a very diverse crowd. The ST was often a family computer with kids playing games, and parents participating in seeing what the computer could do and getting educational programs to help their kids learn. I remember several families like that at meetings. There were some tech-savvy women too. I remember Kathy Dumbrowski was one of the first in the club to figure out all the settings and utilities needed to get the Atari on the internet. On the national level, I remember Dorothy Drumleve (sp?) writing several successful educational programs for the ST. In Nolan's time, Atari was serious about computers and education. There is a study by a female Atari researcher that is posted at the Atari Museum web site that discusses fantasy games as a learning and problem solving educational tool before fantasy games got big. I also remember a gal on comp.sys.atari.st who was in the forefront of getting Linux 68K running on the Atari.
Well, Alison's professional web site shows she is obviously an accomplished technician. Congratulations on your promotion, Alison, and thanks for all you do to contribute to the Atari community.