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New Poll - Gender
Our member EjjiNami requested that do this poll again. Looks like the last time we did this was 2008.

You can submit poll ideas here
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: How prepared are you for a major disaster and/or emergency?
Choices:
Very - votes: 145 (4.5%)
Slightly - votes: 1138 (35.7%)
Not at all - votes: 1907 (59.8%)
There were 3190 total votes.
The poll ended: July 17th 2021

Hopefully the poll prompted you to consider your own safety nets and possibly improving them
Posted by lambchopsil on 
July 17th 9:54pm
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» animeangelgrl on July 17th, 2021, 5:38pm

I'm kind of surprised by the preliminary results. I thought it would be more of an even split between male and female but I wonder if that'll asjust by the end of the poll.

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» kurotaito on July 17th, 2021, 7:15pm

Definitely not surpised, there is definitly more guys being represented in the online anime/manga community in the US at least.

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» hahhah42 on July 18th, 2021, 1:54pm

The poll in 2008 mentioned by lampchopsil had a very slight female majority (51.1%). In 2007, it was 55.7% male.

Looking at some other polls with gender identification as part of the response, excluding polls with any options that leave out gender:
In August 2014, the split was 53.5% male / 47.5% female
In February 2015, the split was 48.4% male / 51.6% female
In July 2015, the split was 49.1% male / 50.9% female

Can't make too many assumptions about how things have changed over time, given the gaps in the data, but there's never been much of a skew in either direction.

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» Transdude1996 on July 18th, 2021, 4:25pm

I don't know. For the immediate results to show that the site has lost almost 15% of it's female users in the past six years, something really doesn't add up.
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However, these are just preliminary numbers. So speculation is useless until the results are revealed next week.

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» fishiiie on July 17th, 2021, 9:03pm

Interesting! Also, shout out to all the nonbinary peeps out there. ✌️ You keep being you.

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» F_J on July 17th, 2021, 10:08pm

Might be biased as more guys are willing to participate than gals? XD

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» Transdude1996 on July 18th, 2021, 5:05am

Why would women be hesitant to admit that they use this site in an anonymous online poll?

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» F_J on July 18th, 2021, 11:54am

I wouldn't say hesitant buy just less active?

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» Sugarshark on July 18th, 2021, 4:07pm

my first anime convention in 1998 had a 3:1 female ratio
no guys as far as the eye could see

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» ZiBaXn on July 19th, 2021, 6:49pm

Male and Female are sex, unless you are a hermaphrodite, you are going to be only one or the other.

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» sloez on July 19th, 2021, 10:30pm

gender and sex are not the same lol

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» Transdude1996 on July 20th, 2021, 6:18am

Quote from sloez
gender and sex are not the same lol

That is technically true. Sex refers to one being either male of female based off of their genetics and genitalia. Meanwhile, gender refers to the sex of grammar and words, such as how we assign inanimate objects as being either male or female. This is a little hard to demonstrate in English due to the presence of non-gender pronouns like "it", although the easiest example of this that can be sentences like, "She's a fine ship" when personifying a boat.

Meanwhile, if one were to look at other European languages like French, German, and Spanish, gender becomes much more apparent. Using French, because I actually took some classes for that, you will notice how there are three different words that can be translated as "the"; they are "le", "la", and "les". "Le" is the masucline form the the word "the" and is placed in front of "masucline" objects in the language, such as computer (L'ordinateur) or knife (Le couteau). However, "la" is placed in front of feminine objects, such as grass (L'herbe) or table (La table). And, as for "Les", that's the plural form of the word "the" that is used for all pluralizations of words, regardless of the objects regular gender (Les ordinateurs, Les tables).

Japanese also has some gender with their language, however it's more dependent on the user rather than the sexuality of the object, itself. For example, while "私" is used as a general word to mean "Me; myself; I", there are also sexualized versions of it. Men are able to used words like "僕" regularly or "俺" if they're feeling very casual, meanwhile women just have the "softer" "あたし" that is never used by men unless they're extremely meek. Another example with Japanese is that men while almost always end their sentences with the character "だ" which used to indicate a "state of being"; meanwhile women rarely use the "だ" character at the end of the sentence unless they're really trying to assert something.

There are probably more examples people can show aside from these, but these are the immediate ones I know of because of what I have learned thus far. However, all that being said, when using grammar to refer to people or any living creature (IOW, their gender), you always refer to their biological sex.

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» Antanaru on July 20th, 2021, 1:47pm

Do you expect so many hermaphrodites reading manga, that 3rd option was needed?

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» Mekronid on July 20th, 2021, 1:57pm

Plenty of people identify as 'fishstick' or '36-decimeter pirate ship' nowadays, so yes, a third option is needed.

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» Contently on July 20th, 2021, 5:27pm

I'm seeing a lot of 'hermaphrodite' being thrown around. I think the word you're looking for is intersex.

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» Transdude1996 on July 20th, 2021, 8:49pm

Upon quick review, that is true. Hermaphrodites are creatures that are able to self-fertilize or can fulfill the function of either sex for the species; and is a condition that is exclusive to plants, mollusks, and fish. Meanwhile "intersex" is a medical classification for individuals with genetic/genital birth defects, who suffer from either an incorrect sex chromosome (Lacking or having an extra X or Y chromosome) or develop sexual characteristics that are at odds with their genetics (Developing a vagina and ovaries despite having an XY chromosome and vice versa), with said individuals composing of less than 2% of the population, and almost universally being sterile.

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» Trimutius on July 22nd, 2021, 8:54pm

Hermaphrodite is basically someone who was born with both female and male part, basically futanari ia japanese word for that...

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» Contently on July 22nd, 2021, 10:27pm

Humans cannot be hermaphrodites since it's impossible for a person to be fully male and female simultaneously. Futanari is fiction.

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