So, there you have your answer Jnana4...A prefect illustration of why so few woman post on Buddhist forae.
I take the point that posting on the internet is more a male behaviour per se...but It might be expected that with large numbers of modern western women participating in Buddhist activities that Buddhist forums might be the exception, and they are not.
The answer is to be found in the replies above...there is a deep seating conditioning that is still operative in some men that stereotypes female behaviour. Without going all Germane Greer this is clearly the case and online or offline Buddhists are no exception. Some of that conditioning is obvious in statements like " women run temples because the little dears have more need to socialise "....the reality is that if they didn't monks would be sitting in debris eating half cooked rice...
" men are free feral creatures who need to stimulate their brains and rest their backsides and turn from their hunter gatherer activities and debate suttas while assigning their families to a quiet corner of their minds "
The reality is that for many men with families the internet is a refuge from the messy business of being a dad or husband..
Its about power.
I would suggest that it is very little to do with individual dharma needs and a lot to do with men consciously or not...probably not...creating a den. A boys club from which many women would feel excluded very quickly..If you doubt that trawl through the membership and see how many women last....its very few.
And the reason ? Its not because , I would suggest. that females are shaped by their gender to have entirely different needs. Thats just a convenient fiction. Its because all of the conditioned patterns of western male behaviour are on display, and due to the disinhibiting nature of cyber space are there in fairly unmodified form that would quickly be challenged in the real world. I repeat, the real world.
The competitiveness, the oneupmanship, whether expressed overtly or otherwise, the adherence to the letter while ignoring the spirit, the avoidance of the more shadowy emotions, the fear of the body except as a means to be a hunter gatherer...
Thats why there are few active female members on this forum.
Oh and KIm O' Hara...I know EXACTLY who on your list is female, with one exception...Nothing to do with intuition..its a question of reading the posts properly.
Toodle pip lads...
The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.