Bil Browning

A couple questions

Filed By Bil Browning | June 11, 2007 11:17 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: demographics survey, gender identity, polling, readers, sexuality, surveys

In case you missed the results of our demographic survey, two questions arose in the comments section from the results.

First, the gender breakdown for was a little surprising - and also a little simplified. For example, while the question asked about male vs female, several readers and contributors are transgender and don't fit neatly into one box or another. The scope of gender identity is a lot more broad than the question allowed for! But I'm still having a hard time wrapping my head around our readership being so overwhelmingly male.

All of which led into the discussion about what sexuality our readers identified with. This question wasn't asked on the survey (although I really wish it had been!). At former contributor Carrie Wooten's suggestion, we said we'd put up our own poll today asking about sexuality.

Since the survey was self-selecting and limited to only 79 respondents, I thought we'd put up these two polls to try and get a more accurate reading. Although this poll will obviously be self-selecting too, hopefully more readers will answer two simple questions. Please take the time to answer both questions - it'll only take a few seconds of your time. The poll will close at midnight on Sunday night and we'll post the results next Monday.

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Bil! you should have told people not to select themselves! :)

Bruce Parker II | June 11, 2007 2:56 PM

no love for folks who identify as queer - no love at all.

Bruce - select other and type in "Queer." :)

Oh, the inherent problem with knowledge - knowing inherently excludes not knowing, and knowledge of possibility limits those unknown possibilities as language simultaneously creates and destroys opportunity for expression, a discursive Trimurti. That needs to be kept in mind in all of these sorts of exercises, but to paraphrase Foucault, the asking of any question mandates a certain answer by creating a context for that answer (don't ask me where he said that, it's somewhere in the middle of The History of Sexuality or in one of his lectures or an interview or it's elsewhere or nowhere).

But does this beast translate into "no love for folks who identify as queer"? Is queer outside of any linguistic context of knowing? Is it a criticism of such a system? Without destruction there cannot be creation - but can the cold oppression of discursive nonexistence be challenged by simply adding another poll option like "queer", or would it simply co-opt such a challenge creating new unspeakable noncategories?

On another note, we're getting responses much faster than the last time we put a poll several months ago. Cool!

A. J. Lopp | June 11, 2007 5:41 PM

Alex, you should be proud of yourself. I ran that last post through the Flesch-Kincaid Reading Clarity Analysis, and it crashed my PC. (Windows, of course)

Bruce Parker II | June 11, 2007 8:28 PM

He was showing off. I think it is because he knows I like boys who can cite Foucault.

A. J. Lopp | June 11, 2007 11:16 PM

... or maybe it's because he knows I liked some of the boys that used to bang Foucault ... but I'm really showing my age, now, aren't I?

OK, Bruce, do I have to get the hose?