My daughter is in her 2nd semester of Woodshop in high school. The stories
she tells me about some of the boys in her class. Morons. I'm in my 4th
semester at the local community college and I see the first time males in
the beginning class, who are older than me, having major problems measuring
and cutting! I'm no pro, but at my entry level 1 1/2 yrs ago, I still knew
what a drill and sander did.
Well good for your daughter ! she'll weed out the morons that don't
Male ego can be positive & negative at times towards a lady trying
something new or breaking away old mindset boundaries.
Most womn i know that do WW-ing are much better at detail work than most
Maybe the upper body strength is not there but they can over come that
with wisdom and given a chance.
I think that his comment was more directed at the magazine than at women
It's like having a financial magazine for women. 'Money' magazine came out
with a women's edition which was totally dumbed-down compared to it's
mainstream counterpart. That definitely sends the message that in order to
gain women's interest in a subject that has classically been direct toward
men, that the topic would have to be simplified.
It just plain makes no sense why there would need to be a seperate
woodworking magazine for women. The wood doesn't care who is working it. The
exact same principles, techniques, and tools apply, regardless of the gender
of the user. So, what is there to differentiate them. Content. Articles will
probably be something like:
"Blue, Yellow, Red, Green. Why don't power tools come in prettier colors?"
"How to build a display shelf for your antique doll collection."
"Tool Review: Dremel attachments for nail polishing. Manicures made easy."
I saw it on the newsstand, but didn't think it worthy of even a quick
thumb-through. I mean, really, what's the point?
SWMBO went to the Atlanta Woodworking show with me the end of Jan, and
picked up a copy of that mag.
Typcial dumbed down magazine, mainly on the level of the daytime HGTV
shows where they show projects that are aimed at the female viewers
SWMBO even commented that the articles were a lot on the EASY side
compared to the woodworking mags I subscribe to. I had to agree.
Actually, if it had not had the title it had, I would have suspected
from the articles that it was geared towards the beginning CHILD
getting into basic woodworking, like a cubscout or boyscout oriented
Makes sense to me. Look at Popular Woodworking, Fine Woodworking, Woodworker's
Journal. Check out the staffs. Check out the growth to include women in recent
years and months. Only very stupid people ignore women in any field these days.
That said, it does not mean that every subject needs a woman's version.
Participation is often, maybe usually, enough.
"Health food makes me sick." Calvin Trillin
I think a lot of women suffer from the notion that they're not up
to doing many things that we males have been brought up to take
on without a second thought.
ICBW but I think there may be two primary causes: 
Over-protection by well-intentioned men (especially by fathers
and significant others) and  failure to exert themselves to
learn and pursue full self-development (laziness?)
The most important message from these publications isn't about
woodworking (or stock trading or any other activity) - but the
reassurance that if they want to 'learn and do' there's no reason
in the world for them not to.
If it takes a women's woodworking magazine (or a pink Unisaur) to
make that happen, then I'm all for it!
Even though I'm not terribly enthusiastic about the idea of pink
tools in /my/ shop...
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