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"There are No Girls on the Internet" seems like a pretty tilde-feels relevant podcast -- iheart.com/podcast/1119-there- -- things felt really wide open when anonymity on the Internet was _positive_ thing (which it is so frequently _not_, now).

One thing that I think helps make @tildetown (and other tildes) great is that you're just represented by a username.

You're not asked to fill in your real name, or upload an avatar picture. Just going by your Unix username is a kind of ~90's pseudonym.

@insom @tildetown Counterpoint: the anonymity just means you get to pretend everyone around you is male... and if female, you get to pretend you're male to fit in.

(signed: someone who got on the proto-Internet circa 1985)

@gamehawk @insom @tildetown true, but that's not inevitable. communities can push back against the normative forces exerted by society at large and create cultures where gender diversity is recognized and valued. I think tilde.town does a pretty good job of that.

@magical @insom @tildetown That may be (I am tilde.club rather than .town so I can't speak to it); I'm just saying anonymity does nothing for gender diversity. At *best* it's orthogonal.

@gamehawk @tildetown on re-reading my post it looks like I'm trying imply anonymity improves diversity (the name of the podcast is confusing things here) -- but on the episode they're really just talking about how anonymity used to be a creative force, rather than how it made them feel more included or among peers. My wife's experience (as an early 90's internetter) sounds exactly like yours, when the male username she wanted was taken she chose a neutral one to not give away her gender.

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