Saturday, 11 October 2008

Just Wondering

... and it's by no means a decent research study, but why is there a preponderance of female MH bloggers to male MH bloggers?


loopylonelyandlost said...

Maybe it's because, stereotypically, women find it more helpful to talk about their problems than men do?

Or maybe it's because, as supported by suicide statistics, men on average are less willing to accept that they have a mental illness?

Or maybe it's because depression - surely one of, if not the most common mental illness, is more common in women than in men?

There are probably other reasons too.


Immi said...

Good question. Laura's ideas make sense.

actionreplay said...

Women seem to blog more...

Abysmal Musings said...

Dear me, this could be a can of worms. Good replies so far, esp Laura. To follow those three points up, I ask:

i) Why do women find it more helpful to talk...?

ii) Why are men less willing to accept diagnosis...?

iii) Why is depression more common in women...?

My tentative answers, take them with a pinch of salt:

i) Perhaps the old cliche of strong=silent and weak=chatty comes into play here. I think it's complete bollocks. Talking is good in every sphere. Shame more men can't seem to be able to do it.

ii) Ingrained social sexism - perhaps women are more conditioned to accept or have imposed a diagnosis of illness?

iii) If I was a woman 100 years after the suffragettes, I'd be depressed too.

I'm not trying to be contentious. I've never felt like a 'man' in the 'limited' strong-silent type sense, so I have no gender loyalty, so to speak. I've always felt like a man though, just one who is capable of listening as well as talking.

Terra Incognita said...

You're a rare breed, D.

Seaneen said...

Men use forums more, so I've learned.

Abysmal Musings said...

Rare breed eh Terra? Do you mean like a Gloucester Old Spot? :-)

Ooh forums. Hmm. Yes, willy-waggling and flame-wars. Been there done it and found it immensely tedious. I think the way you said "men 'use' forums" says it all Seaneen eh :-)?

Abysmal Musings said...

Following on from Old Spots, there's a song which I assume is local - I heard it as a boy anyway:

"Whose pigs are these?
"Whose pigs are these?
"They are John Potts
"You can tell them by the spots
"And we found them in the vicarage garden"

It works well as a round*.

*Useless information number 353523