Has the 'voice of the org' become female? Compared to two or three years ago, it seems to have shifted from obviously male to predominantly female.
Points supporting this hypothesis:
-the most active members of the site are female
(excluding doki and unseen admin guys)
Maybe they always were on the forum. I remember plenty of girls posting in 2004 to 2005. But I also remember a lot more guys posting at the same time. Now they all seem to be female. Every thread with three or more pages has more females posting than guys (generalization).
-the banners are girly
They've always featured female characters, but now they're cutsy baby pastel female characters instead of hot seminude pinups. We have a flower on our new logo so we can expect even more pretty girly banners in the next year. Are there any guys making banners or have they been run off by the pastels? I like pale blue and lavender, myself. Girls make the banners (fact) and girls do the voting (assumption).
-more girls announce videos than guys
This statement has not been verified. But every time I randomly look in the announcement forum, most of the names are recognizable females (either regulars who I know are girls, or new members with girl names).
-more girls make popular videos than guys
Based off the top 10 list for the last year versus previous years (generalization).
-we're nicer and more tolerant to trolls
Kickass31~~ & Hatter's recent reappearance compared to the reaction to Sammy and other foregone trolls (fact). Whether or not this is because of the prominent female presence is debatable.
-we're all about loving wmm users to their faces, though few of us actually use the program
This is a fact. It used to be the only people who defended the program were people who were still using it. Now we have a forum just for that program, where everyone who's never used it stops by to tell newbies how it works. I blame this on the decrease in testosterone because most of the people posting in that forum (helping *and* asking for help) are female.
-females rule the MEPs
I can't remember any MEPs from two years ago that were predominantly female, let alone run by a female coordinator. Most of the MEPs that came out in the last 1.5 years were run and filled by females (fact).
-females give more ops
Collectively this is a fact. Whether it's an increase versus previous years, I don't know. We can't sort the op lists by date. I don't remember there being so many girls so high on the lists two years ago.
Points against the hypothesis:
-guys still win the VCAs, with one token female per year (sometimes two)
Fact. With girls doing the majority of the active forum-posting, the MEPs, the banners, the vid announcements, and the ops, it's interesting that guys are still the ones doing the successful videos. I'm curious to know who voted for the vcas - a list so I can see how many were male versus female. Maybe the guys still outnumber us, or maybe girls are more active in voting and they just happen to prefer videos made by guys. Or maybe the guys here are just better at making amvs than the girls. I have no idea.
I've always thought of "The Org" and amvs in general as a "guy thing." It's amusing to see how female it's become. And the big question - are there more girls, or are the girls more noticeable because the active guys are disappearing?
Assuming this trend continues, I'd like to still be here when the day comes where the winners of the VCA are girls with a "token guy". Then the female takeover will be complete. ^_^