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Men Less Plastic: What Do You Want?

Posted By Beth Terry On December 14, 2009 @ 12:04 pm In Discussion Questions | 24 Comments

shirtless white-haired man in grass on computerLast week, after several posts about cosmetics [1], I promised one targeted to my male readers.  Here it is.  But women, of course, are encouraged to weigh in.

As most of you know, this blog is written by a female.  Genetically, physically, mentally female.  I couldn’t be, nor have I ever desired to be, any other gender.  (Okay, sometimes out of pure curiosity, I wish I could be a “Dude for a Day” just to see how it feels.  What woman hasn’t wished that at some point?) And I’ve noticed (and Quantcast confirms) that although I have a handful of regular, and truly special, male readers, most people who follow Fake Plastic Fish are female.  Certainly most who leave comments are female.

So I have some questions.  Since there are certainly men aspiring to live with less plastic, why don’t more of your persuasion visit this blog?

Is it simply that the writer is female, or is it that the topics are perceived to be female-centered?  Aside from last week’s posts about cosmetics, and one or two I’ve written on feminine hygiene, I honestly don’t know what makes a post interesting to one or the other gender.  We all have to eat, right?  We all buy clothes or use electronics or, to greater or lesser extent, receive packages through the mail.  We drink;  we shop; we entertain ourselves.

I have noticed that a higher percentage of green blogs written by men deal with technology.  Are guys, in general, more interested in technological solutions to environmental problems than changes aimed at reducing our personal impact by living more simply?

Are there topics of particular interest to men that I’m leaving out? Or is the blog written in a female style, whatever the heck that is?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Not that I’m actually planning to change anything.  Being me, I have the voice and point of view that I happen to have.  But just as I’d love to be in your skin for a day and see how it feels, I’m curious to know how you guys perceive this blog, or other blogs written by women, for that matter.

Just wondering.


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