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BankofAmericasSweetheart wrote:Not to stir away from the discussion of silent films being praised by the gay population but I was also curious why there always seems to be more males than females whenever I go to a silent film screening.
Are silent films more appealing to males than females?
Actually, the amazing thing to one who has been involved in this area of interest as long as I have is the expanding of the female population into what was once pretty much a completely male-populated interest. Cinephile conventions used to be 99% male attended, with a few rather-bored spouses dragged along against their wills. That slowly began to change in the 80's with a goodly and growing number of the new female attendees first getting interested through working in the Archives and academic channels, to now a larger number of women whom I believe developed their interests with a lot of help from Turner Classic Movies and an easier, more general, less technical availibility of movies to see. Twenty-five years and several divorces ago, I would have never believed that I'd meet my current long-time significant other and former LOC archivist at a Film Convention, where I used to go to escape my spouses and rest assured that one would not be having to deal with feminine companionship that particular weekend.
Then again, in this modern culture, perhaps the female nerd population is just larger than it used to be.
RICHARD M ROBERTS