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Re: Women's UFO Symposium Takes On 'Old Boys Club'

From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 17:59:18 +0000
Archived: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 14:25:24 -0500
Subject: Re: Women's UFO Symposium Takes On 'Old Boys Club'

>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 08:59:38 -0600
>Subject: Re: Women's UFO Symposium Takes On 'Old Boys Club'

>>From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul>
>>To: <post.nul>
>>Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 18:14:32 +0000
>>Subject: Re: Women's UFO Symposium Takes On 'Old Boys Club'

>>>"There are so many wonderful researchers out there that have
>>>literally dedicated their lives to a cause, and they deserve to
>>>balance the energy," she told The Huffington Post.

>>Just having women speakers with the same exact view that male
>>researchers have is, to me, just another stacked deck. The
>>stacked deck being same old, same old, approach. And, yeah, I
>>can say I know their approach because they have discussed their
>>line of thinking during extended interviews they have given.

>>I would have hoped that women researchers would bring a new game
>>to the table. But, that is not to be. Too bad. It could have
>>been a chance to bring a new concept into the breech.

>>Oh well...

>Of all the adjectives that come to mind when one is exposed to
>the notion that there is a specifically feminine point of view
>on the nature of UFOs, "weird" is probably the least, and
>kindest, of them.

>Two of the most prominent, influential, and tough-minded
>individuals in the history of American ufology were Coral
>Lorenzen and Isabel Davis. The former brought organizational
>skills which assembled some of international ufology's best and
>brightest, and Davis still stands tall as one whose intellectual
>firepower helped shape an emerging field. Any anthology of the
>finest, most perceptive writing on the phenomenon would have to
>include her "Meet the Extraterrestrial," published in 1957. In
>all of the materials I read, including lots of private
>correspondence and other primary documents consulted while
>researching the encyclopedia project, I never once saw anybody,
>male or female, say, respectfully, neutrally, or dismissively,
>of Lorenzen or Davis, "Well, that's woman's thinking."

>Perhaps the test for the gender-obsessed to take would be a
>blind reading of a piece in which the reader is challenged to
>identify whether the author is male or female. I would expect
>the test results to land in the 50% range.

>A more useful question to explore is why so few African
>Americans are attracted to ufology.


It could be that I have met, listened to and related to female
researchers you did not list. Please see a previous e-mail where
I list those researchers. And, yes, their approached was
somewhat different than the male perspective. And, yes, the male
approach is subtly different from the female approach.

The term subjective comes to mind when discussing the female
approach. The term objective is generally used to describe the
male approach.

For many decades now the subjective has been viewed with
suspicion and a huge amount of skepticism by male researchers. I
believe the reason is because females really do have a very
different method and sensitivity to the subject of both
paranormal and ufological research.


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