[CQ-Contest] Recruiting women into contesting

wd0t tdravland at pie.midco.net
Wed Jul 28 19:12:58 EDT 2004


I generally agree with you that men enjoy competition more than women do.
BUT, that said, my wife is VERY competitive in all that she does, and she
wants to do well at it, e.g. couples golf. We play in the state tournaments
and a variety of others, and she loves to do that, and not just because I
do, but for her own satisfaction.  However, she has NO interest in
competitive radio operations, even though she has talked on the radio and
understands what is going on with contesting and is supportive of my
activities.  I am not sure what the difference is, other than she can see
other folks face to face golfing and interact with them (more social),
whereas for the most part radio contesting you will not ever see the party
you are working.  I really need to ask her directly for her answer.

Anyhow, guess this is a long winded way of saying I don't have the answer
for bringing women into contesting.

73, Todd
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark Beckwith" <mark at concertart.com>
To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2004 12:39 AM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Recruiting women into contesting

> > Bravo Barry, sounds like Judy has contest potential.
> I read Barry's post to imply that after a few QSOs, Judy lost interest.
> Ken brings up an interesting point about women in contesting.  I
> Merri's exhaustive post.  I have not done any measurements or science of
> kind about it, but my gut feeling is that men enjoy competitive things
> than women do generally.
> I know this is true between me and my wife.  She's seen me race bicycles
> operate contests, and she'll be the first to say she just doesn't get it.
> She's generally supportive, but has no interest in participating.  She
> refers to it as "testosterone poisoning."
> They don't do that sort of thing on Venus.
> Mark, N5OT
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