it has more to do with the typical gender of trolls rather than the typical gender of someone defending a particular issue.
Most trolls are men.
Most of the times this topic is brought up is by trolls.
Most of the time trolls, who are men, pretend to defend controversial issues they really don’t care about personally.
In short, I think it’s more indicative of the “typical troll” than anything else.
That’s not to say you’re incorrect: You may well be correct.
But that’s my best explanation for why you see it so frequently: the correlation has a significant additional component to it that can be considered.
Indeed. I mean, it depends on the group as well. Philosophy groups, at one time, were almost EXCLUSIVELY sausages gossiping about old dead men they read about in Philosophy 101 + Ayn Rand.
Now there’s a slightly larger representation of women in Philosophy groups but still very much the minority.
If you want to find where there are a lot of women talking on the internet about intellectual issues, you might be more prone to find it groups where there are large amount of mothers or teachers or caretakers or psychology. Also these days, theoretical physics has been growing in popularity among women online that I’ve seen. The PhD candidate list is growing tremendously and I think it’s marvelous, although the job market is saturated.
Anyway, yeah – you won’t find a strongly vocal female base in Philosophy groups generally. There’s a higher representation of female on tumblr for example, who are very chatty and a higher representation of male in 4chan, for example. [I don’t go into either side much: tumblr a ittle bit, but 4chan, never. It’s too… much]
As I’ve been a member of psychology and groups on education and teaching forever, as a male I’m generally under-represented by other males. But that being said, I don’t pay attention to the gender of someone I’m talking with online much, unless they bring it up. But I do notice trends and populations. I guess I’m a closet sociologist at heart or something.