From: Rute Sofia <email@example.com>
Date: Tuesday, August 11, 1998 5:19 AM
>I canīt believe that the "extropians" are discussing things such as
>gender and sex and female extropians...Spring time has gone!! :-)
>Does that really matter to the ones whose main purpose is "to
>increase intelligence" and so on?????
>By the way, besides man, women and gay do you also want to know
>anything else?? Is there any cats among us??? And chickens??? :-)
>I think more important to the extropian list is to know for example our
>nationality and tastes. If you want to know WHO are the extropians,
>there's lots of things (and more important) to know besides gender...
Gender and sexual orientation, like nationality are demographic lower level information. A more extensive survey of those on this list would be preferable if any attempt to poll was made at all. This to include preferences and attitudes toward a range of topics. It's difficult to tell what attitudes predominate because the most vocal among us likely distort our perception of the group as a whole. I suspect we are quite diverse, but I also place little stock in suspicions and try to rely more on data when I can.
As for the gender imbalance thread, I most appreciated Robin Hanson's point regarding a lack of empathy for the plight of so many men.