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Where did all the women come from? Notes from the Toronto Fark Party and some of Fark's favorite Headlines of the Week 6/5 - 6/11 
Posted by Drew at 2011-06-14 4:07:29 PM, edited 2011-06-14 4:10:43 PM (32 comments) | Permalink

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I was in Toronto this past weekend for one of three simultaneous Fark parties in three countries. We heard a bit from the folks in Cologne before Toronto got going, and I assume that when I woke up around 10am the following day that the New Orleans party was probably still going from the previous night.  I wish I could have gone to all three but I had a great time in Toronto.

I had an interesting conversation in Toronto about the expected ideal of what a general Farker actually looks like vs reality.  Everyone expects Fark parties to be sausage fests, but they're not. In fact lately, the last few I've been to have been nearly 50% women. Which is interesting to me because back in the early days of Fark the men to women ratio was 80/20 (it's 60/40) now. I'm not sure why that changed. We've never specifically targeted the male audience, that's just kind of how it was back in the day. I suspect the progress went something like this:

- TotalFarkers are allowed to buy subscriptions for other Farkers
- Turns out most of the bought subscriptions are for women, and cool women at that (smart, funny women don't take sh*t from people, etc.)
- Critical mass is reached with the female population, more women join

Just a guess, I've done no studies. I like it though.


Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2011-06-05 to Sat 2011-06-11:

www.fark.com  Cole's Law: Cabbage art, when correctly marketed, can sell for very high prices    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Identical twin friars born seconds apart 92 years ago, die hours apart. Finally, both were just tuckered out    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Jury selection begins in "Cleveland Strangler" case. Challenge is finding people who actually live in Cleveland and don't want to strangle people    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Man kills himself after 10 failed attempts. Friends and family cite his 'never say die' attitude    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Manatee man finds class ring after 25 years, also hopes that scientists can make him human again    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Two men jump in Wisconsin river to cool off, are now at room temperature    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Leonard Stern, co-_________ of Mad Libs, _________ at age 88. He will be ___________    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Cumming man shoots woman in face and neck    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  The US Balloon Corps celebrates 150 years of aerial reconnaissance, squeaky voices    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Crystal Lake girl dies. Ch-ch-ch-ch-ah-ah-ah-ah    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Angry birds menacing Everett, WA residents. National Guard preparing to deploy pigs and poorly fastened lumber    img.fark.net


Sports:

www.fark.com  BCS pokes hole in Trojans' 2004 title    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  All-Black Donald signs for Bath. E-I-E-I-O    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Indiana residents squabble over plans for a Larry Bird statue, saying a statue would depict his mobility too accurately    img.fark.net


Geek:

www.fark.com  Technology experts argue that Facebook will eventually kill Google because we'd all much rather ask our friends what the best place to find midget tranny porn is, rather than search for it anonymously    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  People judge the rapists by their offices, business cards    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Basement inventor creates low-cost artificial hand, immediately filling fellow basement dwellers with ideas on how to test it    img.fark.net


Entertainment:

www.fark.com  Kim Kardashian threatens In Touch Weekly with big-ass lawsuit    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  NPR interviews Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars, who had to call an expert buddy during the interview because he wasn't sure if NPR was legit or not    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Lady Gaga planning "marathon" tour in 2012. So THAT'S what the Mayans were talking about    img.fark.net


Politics:

www.fark.com  Santorum begins his state-by-state tour to stimulate his base. And if there's one thing Santorum's good at, it's pro-state stimulation    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Weiner seeks to beat heat for his meat tweet and keep seat    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Newt Gingrich's senior aides resign en masse, presumably will join younger, more attractive candidate's campaign    img.fark.net


Business:

www.fark.com  Comcast seeks to gain exclusive rights to air the Olympic games in 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020. Death Star construction begins in 2022    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Texas Instruments prepares for some serious 535507    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Winner of charity auction spends $2.3 million for lunch with Warren Buffett. Will get numerous investment tips, starting with don't spend $2.3 million to have lunch with anyone    img.fark.net
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32 Comments   (+0 »)
   
 
2011-06-14 04:18:09 PM
Santorum begins his state-by-state tour to stimulate his base. And if there's one thing Santorum's good at, it's pro-state stimulation

No, really. Headline of the Year.
 
2011-06-14 04:18:25 PM
Every Fark party I've been to has been a sausage-fest.

Hell, there was one I went to where 50% of the attendees were me.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2011-06-14 04:19:14 PM
All those Canadian girlfriends are real?
 
2011-06-14 04:26:19 PM
Pics or it didn't happen.
 
2011-06-14 04:27:04 PM
That Santorum one is pure genius.

Cumming man was good too...but it was no Santorum.
 
2011-06-14 04:27:38 PM
Also, the men on this forum aren't complete jerks to other posters just because they are women.

/seriously
 
2011-06-14 04:29:22 PM
johnnieconnie
Also, the men on this forum aren't complete jerks to other posters just because they are women.

They're complete jerks to the other men as well.
 
2011-06-14 04:31:07 PM
Women latch onto successful projects.

/ric romero signing off.
 
2011-06-14 04:36:30 PM

misanthropologist: Pics or it didn't happen.


farm4.static.flickr.com

farm4.static.flickr.com
 
2011-06-14 04:37:42 PM
this is not a bookmark for when I get home.
 
2011-06-14 04:40:25 PM
I wish I had gone but alas not enough frequent flier miles. I lurve Toronto.
 
2011-06-14 04:43:43 PM
How about no.
 
2011-06-14 04:50:07 PM
You didn't ask for the girlies' reasons for joining, but my son recommended FARK and I've stayed for the humor, the 'shops and the wild-ass news I'd never see otherwise.

(He has since moved on to Reddit, which I don't get at all.)

yes, I'm old and fat, but I don't live in my own basement.
 
2011-06-14 04:51:40 PM
Well, now that you said that there will be women, there will not be enough women.

cf1.imgobject.com
________ Fark needs women.
 
2011-06-14 05:06:12 PM
I've been a Farkette for years. Saw a blurb in Time or Newsweek and came to see the site and never left.

I don't think it's a M/F thing. Funny and smart (and stupid and silly) all work. A couple of years ago when my BF died part of what got me through was the laughter here (along with the oft asked question, "So that means you are single now?").

Plus people are always linking to stuff that I'd never hear about anywhere else!
 
2011-06-14 05:10:46 PM

Pope Larry II: misanthropologist: Pics or it didn't happen.


Damnit drew your drink is in the way of us knowing who the lady on the left is.
 
2011-06-14 05:35:09 PM
Drew: In fact lately, the last few I've been to have been nearly 50% women. Which is interesting to me because back in the early days of Fark the men to women ratio was 80/20 (it's 60/40) now. I'm not sure why that changed.

The meteoric rise of Caturday.
 
2011-06-14 05:39:04 PM
I'm sure that the female ratio increased as soon as the Foobies ghetto was constructed.

/not complaining.
//sick of all the sword-fighting.
 
2011-06-14 05:49:01 PM
"I'll get that biatch a TotalFark subscription! Biatches LOVE TotalFark!"
 
2011-06-14 05:55:00 PM

Pope Larry II: misanthropologist: Pics or it didn't happen.


Couldn't get better seats for a Jays game?
 
2011-06-14 06:00:30 PM

H31N0US: Pope Larry II: misanthropologist: Pics or it didn't happen.

Couldn't get better seats for a Jays game?


Boston was playing so tickets were pricey and we decided to keep our money for beer. Considering the Jays lost that one 16-4, I think we made the right call.
 
2011-06-14 06:23:29 PM
I would have liked to have gone but I was suffering from food poisoning.

/That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
 
2011-06-14 07:55:37 PM
The NOLA party was exactly 50/50. Hell, one of the girls even let everyone play with her beaver!
 
2011-06-14 08:08:50 PM
Yeah, every FARK party I've been to has been 50/50 or 60/40, or at least seems that way. We've never done a roll call to find out I suppose.
 
2011-06-14 09:20:02 PM

Bondith: Every Fark party I've been to has been a sausage-fest.

Hell, there was one I went to where 50% of the attendees were me.


Ha! Awesome Line!
 
2011-06-14 10:01:45 PM
Willis13
Bondith: Every Fark party I've been to has been a sausage-fest.

Hell, there was one I went to where 50% of the attendees were me.

Ha! Awesome Line!


I got stuck in the cloning booth and the damn thing was set on full auto.
 
2011-06-14 10:07:03 PM
smart, funny women don't take sh*t from people, etc.)

Pandering!
 
2011-06-14 10:41:52 PM

loonatic112358: Pope Larry II: misanthropologist: Pics or it didn't happen.

Damnit drew your drink is in the way of us knowing who the lady on the left is.


That girl is You Can Has My Username.

/had a great time!
 
2011-06-15 01:02:29 AM
Dammit! I couldn't make it out :(

/shot me
//anything lower than a liter?
 
2011-06-15 07:11:48 AM

jimmiejaz: Dammit! I couldn't make it out :(

/shot me
//anything lower than a liter?


nothing lower than a liter, hell even people who don't have accounts have plausible deniability, they have a reason for not paying for a TF account, in that they don't know about it. Not us liters, we know it's there we just aren't cool enough or something.
 
2011-06-15 08:40:19 AM
I've been around since the days of almost no women and it's nice to know that FARK has come of age and is so welcoming. It's a great community.

I am still waiting for my "old chick" brick in the Hall of Fame (or is that Shame?) sidewalk though.
 
2011-06-15 12:05:42 PM
deja vu. I had this conversation with someone at a Hooters on Sunday...
 
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