I appreciate you asking this Chris.
As I’ve mentioned before, I occasionally take part in two other fitness related boards. One is pretty well known and has a womens discussion board. The other is pretty new and also has a “womens only” area.
Yes, there are the “don’t want to squat for fear of a big butt” and boyfriends who want to know how to train “their girls”. Overall, some of the women who regularly post, are some pretty knowledgeable chicks who I’ve grown to respect. Some are competitive too in powerlifting, figure, bodybuilding, etc. Ha, about the figure, I know. However, there is one chick who competes in NABBA and is so knowledgeable, that she has changed my mind about figure contests. She also may travel up here to Portland to train with us in strongman. Very cool.
Okay. On these other two boards, men will regularly travel on over looking for advice or providing advice. The women are pretty much respected.
So, my battle with this question is this: it would be great, if it would pull women lurkers out of the darkness and get them to become more involved. On the other side: it would take away from the all-inclusive feel of T-Mag. Forum regulars and T-Mag have always believed that women can/should train no differently than men. It would be hard to deliver this when there is a “T-Vixens Only” board. And it would also remove the unique appeal of this forum. Since it is the only one without a womens’ only section.
Lastly, my message to the women lurkers: GET YOUR ASSES MORE INVOLVED HERE. STOP LURKING AND START POSTING.
Excuse the “yelling”. But I’ve always felt that by being involved, I’m actively learning. And it’s helped me.