Well, there sure has been some action in this thread while I've been away at work today. Thanks, Nolo, for changing the title. I didn't anticipate the male/hetero interpretation of "satisfying." "Welcoming" is better, given the demographics of Epic. Thanks again for changing it while I was at work. It's ok that you didn't ask. I regretted my choice of words.
What I've noticed since I joined years ago is that few acknowledged women post regularly. Some do, but not that many. When I first joined, I hid my gender. I didn't know what to expect, and yes, it was a defensive act on my part.
Men post more often than women here, and when they are talking about just about anything they assume their audience is all male. This assumption, and it is an assumption, colors the conversation. Gear recommendations are especially bad about this (skis, jackets, boots, etc), with most everyone assuming a male is reading. This assumption requires women who enter the conversation to state their woman-ness in order to get the info they seek.
The male slant is simply off-putting to me, and maybe to other women, and perhaps even annoying to those of us who believe Epic has plenty to offer in the way of advice and information. I think it's unavoidable when there are this many men active on a big forum, unless more women choose to join and post.
Ski Diva fills the void for some, but there's little in the way of technical talk over there. SkierVillage offers a woman-friendly venue for technical talk, with articulate experts weighing in. I like SkierVillage. But I also like Epic. I'd like to see it open up more for women.
So why do fewer women join and post? Is there some way of increasing the number of women posters here?