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Men per woman in competition

TimMc

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We've been successful with convincing people that it's easy to learn but the fear of failure (being slow) is really putting people off competing.

Just throwing this out there but you could always try discounts for two or more new competitors that sign up together. I'm not sure if this would even work, but things are always a little less scary if you're with a buddy.

It's free to attend meetups with Melbourne cubers and meetings for the RMIT Rubik's Cube Club.

Due to sponsorship it's been $10 for general competitors/$5 for RMIT students/Free for RUSU students to attend competitions in Melbourne. In Perth we just ran it at a loss for free to encourage people to come along. I'll be dropping the price down to $2 for general competitors/Free for RMIT and RUSU students at future competitions in Melbourne.

Mike Hughey and I actually have the same strategy! Marry one, impregnate her a few times, and then make everyone go to competitions.

Yeah, my gf can now solve one. :)

Tim.
 

Nestor

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We recently started holding meetings and only half the people in our "club" show to them. The general excuse is that "it is lame to spend 3 hours in meeting without girls", a mindset I agree with to some extent: social interaction is far more rewarding when people of both genders are involved and a fulfilling cubing experience is just not about technique.
If only we could get our gfs/wifes to show, but they think cubing is too silly a hobby (although they support us) to get involved with.
 

AvGalen

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I have taught WAY more girls than guys how to solve a cube. It is just a great way to pick up girls and spent time together.
But for most girls it was already enough to show others that they could solve it reasonably fast, so after reaching the 1 minute marker they stopped practising
For many guys I met the 60 second marker was also good enough, but for relative many others, it was "important" for them to beat me, so the 20 second marker was import for them.

(currently there are two girls that are REALLY determined to beat me and both are practising hard to get "sub-Arnaud". There motivation? They enjoy cubing and I promised them pizza if they would beat me. Since one of them is in Japan and the other in Belgium, it will be expensive pizza's)
 

Eli Apperson

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I want to revisit this topic.

My question is that, what is your guesstimate for a time where there will be equal proportion of male and female competitors in a major Rubik's speedcubing championship?
I also doubt this will ever happen. Don't know why, but I guess some hobbies just appeal more to guys then girls and vice versa.
 

UncleFrank

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Looking at the Mega Survey that Reddit did last year, over 1500 responses, 88% responded as male and 10% female.
Looking at the WCA database export, there are over 160,000 registered competitors, over 143k or 89% listed as male and a little over 16k or 10% listed as female.
 
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