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    As a woman I will chime in also. We as women are more alert most times for those that are giving strange looks because we have to! It's our first line of defense, if someone is giving you the eye you don't know what is behind that and it's better to just remove yourself from the situation as you don't know their intentions or what a group may do. I have no problem with any of these "guys" hobbies. I bought a '70 challenger at 16 and rebuilt the motor myself with just the help of a repair manual. I taught myself to ride a motorcyle by going to a small open field and then doing circles until I got the guts to get on the street. I also like to make quilts. I taught my husband to make quilts also and he loves it as he is a welder and loves the math of the difference seams and curves and the creativity. My husband and I started on detecting together but he just didn't take to so I've been doing it myself for 10yrs. If you give a kid different opportunities when they are young they will grow up experiencing more. I take my grandkids - boys and girls - detecting sometimes and do all sorts of crafts in the summer. The girls and boys both like to help cooking and changing the oil and different things on the vehicles with me and papa. I know most of the responses were made in fun but those things are heard and continues the idea that men and women shouldn't have the same hobbies and it doesn't represent this hobby well.

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    I think the previous post is on point - how kids are raised has a lot to do with it .I know that as a coin collector from about eight years old, I would see advertising for metal detectors in coin magazines , so in some way my interest in coins pointed me toward detecting .I'm 60 now and I can say that I also know very few women or girls who are coin collectors (or detectorists).
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    Quote Originally Posted by dokc View Post
    As a woman I will chime in also. We as women are more alert most times for those that are giving strange looks because we have to! It's our first line of defense, if someone is giving you the eye you don't know what is behind that and it's better to just remove yourself from the situation as you don't know their intentions or what a group may do. I have no problem with any of these "guys" hobbies. I bought a '70 challenger at 16 and rebuilt the motor myself with just the help of a repair manual. I taught myself to ride a motorcyle by going to a small open field and then doing circles until I got the guts to get on the street. I also like to make quilts. I taught my husband to make quilts also and he loves it as he is a welder and loves the math of the difference seams and curves and the creativity. My husband and I started on detecting together but he just didn't take to so I've been doing it myself for 10yrs. If you give a kid different opportunities when they are young they will grow up experiencing more. I take my grandkids - boys and girls - detecting sometimes and do all sorts of crafts in the summer. The girls and boys both like to help cooking and changing the oil and different things on the vehicles with me and papa. I know most of the responses were made in fun but those things are heard and continues the idea that men and women shouldn't have the same hobbies and it doesn't represent this hobby well.
    Your definitely looking into this too deep. As far as kids sure they should be able to do what they have interest in. But when they become mature interest change. Metal detecting can be fun for any kid but many males let along females will not stick with it. Yeah, my old lady loves fishing but I have to bait the hook, take the fish off and clean everything she catches. She has the fun of the catch but doesn't do the dirty work. She likes venison but only cooks it and could never kill let alone skin and butcher a deer. Just like female hunters, they may shoot it but they are not going to do the dirty work because that's what males are for. So because your a female bending over engaging in your hobby your going to attract attention and people will look and the vast majority will be males. That's the truth of the matter. So Males are Males and females are females no matter what the left wing may say and the political correctness will attempt you to believe.
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    So, are you guys done yet? We women might be outnumbered but certainly there are many of us out there and we are just as good at detecting as men are.
    I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of itĒ

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    Quote Originally Posted by dokc View Post
    As a woman I will chime in also. We as women are more alert most times for those that are giving strange looks because we have to! It's our first line of defense, if someone is giving you the eye you don't know what is behind that and it's better to just remove yourself from the situation as you don't know their intentions or what a group may do. I have no problem with any of these "guys" hobbies. I bought a '70 challenger at 16 and rebuilt the motor myself with just the help of a repair manual. I taught myself to ride a motorcyle by going to a small open field and then doing circles until I got the guts to get on the street. I also like to make quilts. I taught my husband to make quilts also and he loves it as he is a welder and loves the math of the difference seams and curves and the creativity. My husband and I started on detecting together but he just didn't take to so I've been doing it myself for 10yrs. If you give a kid different opportunities when they are young they will grow up experiencing more. I take my grandkids - boys and girls - detecting sometimes and do all sorts of crafts in the summer. The girls and boys both like to help cooking and changing the oil and different things on the vehicles with me and papa. I know most of the responses were made in fun but those things are heard and continues the idea that men and women shouldn't have the same hobbies and it doesn't represent this hobby well.
    You have a great attitude. I don't know where you live but if I were a woman, knowing some men as I do, I would never detect alone unless I was carryung a gun.
    It is a fact there are a lot of dangerous people out there and it is also a fact there are good reasons women do not play in the NFL.
    I think your attitude is really wonderful. Your family is lucky to have you.
    I was fortunate to have a Huckleberry Finn childhood.
    My parents did not hover over me. But it was a different time.
    By the way I have quite a few Asian ball-jointed resin dolls. With few exceptions women were very uncomfortable with males who were drawn to these works of art.
    Yeah, this kind of topic is going to bring out some guys who got to tease and all. I did because I can't resist having fun with witty people. I hope,maybe forlornly, any women who read these guys understand they are good people as far as I can tell. I also know a man's sense of humor is often something that can get him un trouble with women in a heartbeat.
    Kids love most anything new anyway. Quite a few of these guys are taking their daughters and grandkids out to detect from what I've seen.
    Edit: more women ought to come in here and share their opinions and insights on this subject. In my opinion
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    Quote Originally Posted by dokc View Post
    As a woman I will chime in also. We as women are more alert most times for those that are giving strange looks because we have to! It's our first line of defense, if someone is giving you the eye you don't know what is behind that and it's better to just remove yourself from the situation as you don't know their intentions or what a group may do. I have no problem with any of these "guys" hobbies. I bought a '70 challenger at 16 and rebuilt the motor myself with just the help of a repair manual. I taught myself to ride a motorcyle by going to a small open field and then doing circles until I got the guts to get on the street. I also like to make quilts. I taught my husband to make quilts also and he loves it as he is a welder and loves the math of the difference seams and curves and the creativity. My husband and I started on detecting together but he just didn't take to so I've been doing it myself for 10yrs. If you give a kid different opportunities when they are young they will grow up experiencing more. I take my grandkids - boys and girls - detecting sometimes and do all sorts of crafts in the summer. The girls and boys both like to help cooking and changing the oil and different things on the vehicles with me and papa. I know most of the responses were made in fun but those things are heard and continues the idea that men and women shouldn't have the same hobbies and it doesn't represent this hobby well.
    You donít have to say,Ē As a women Iíll chime inĒ just chime in, itís a forum thatís what we do. Lol
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    I believe the coin collecting angle is why there are so few women who detect. How many women do you know who collect coins or show any interest in them? I think most guys metal detect because they have an interest in coins.

    The U.S. Mint states that their customer base is 87% male and 13% female. Metal detecting is probably close to the same percentage when it comes to men and women. Not a coincidence, in my opinion.


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    Man should naturally be attracted to (stare at) a woman. He shouldn't gawk though. There is absolutely nothing wrong with women metal detecting. It's too bad society has become a cesspool of deviants, dope addicts, perverts and criminals. I mean what happened to this country in the last 25 years or so? Oh yeah, the internet.

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    I've seen what red can do with her Digger, when someone walks up on her when detecting. the point pointed an inch from your throat is no joke We keep a close watch on each other out there But once in a while a deviant comes out of the Trees!!! just because the headphone are on doesn't mean we cant hear what is going on around us
    "It cant Always Be Silver Or Gold But It Is A Hell Of an Experience Pulling It Out Of the Dirt"

    Metal detecting is Like A Marathon, Your Running fast then start Slowing A Bit The You Find Something Interesting And You Pick Up the Pace!!! The Only Difference is If You Are Addicted to this Hobby there Is NO FINISH LINE HH Chug And Red

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    Jeff,the women want to take care of you all right,but buddy,do you really think that it's in a good way?
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    Okay...I'll jump in too.

    I was raised by parents who didn't think my life should be governed by gender. As far as my Mother, I learned how to do everything a girl typically would.

    As far as my Father... His mantra was that "His Daughter Would Never Be Dependent On A Man" so....at a very young age he had me in his shop cleaning parts for the cars he restored and helping him rebuild them... at 14yrs old I got My first restoration project to be completed before I turned 16...a 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix.

    My father was a hunter and fisherman...Most vacations were centered around that as well as going pond fishing during the week and to the lake fishing on weekends or the farm hunting on weekends depending on the season. My Mother didn't carry a gun in the field but she loved going and watching the dogs work if it was just Dad and I going and not his friends along.

    Before I was big enough or old enough to carry a gun in the field..If I went with him, which I usually did, even though I hadn't shot any Quail, Pheasants, Turkey or Deer...I had to clean and dress half of them as if they were my kills too. When I did start carrying a gun, anything I killed, I cleaned and dressed it alone...I still do. That's part of the hunt. On the deer, since he only shot one back then, I'd do half the work. When I shoot my own, I do the field dressing.. I Choose to take them in for processing at a friends plant because I like the way they do the marbling. I Can do the butchering of deer, elk, moose, cows and hogs if I choose to. It's part of it. I would never Expect a Male to do it if I wanted it done, although I think it's great for couples to do things together...equally.

    Personally I think it's disrespectful to take the life of any animal or fish and not be willing to clean it or eat it.

    As far as fishing, if I wanted to fish, which I love to do too, if I was using bait instead of lures, I baited my own hook, I cleaned my own catch. That's part of it. As a courtesy to my Mother, if she was there, either my Father or I baited her hook and cleaned her catch, she could, can and would bait her own hook though. She cooked all the game caught or killed and wanted it that way. She Still Cooks Every Wild Turkey I Bring Back for the holidays....She loves doing that.

    I don't think most women that go out on these trips expect men to do things like this for them... I think men set the tone for it because most nice men have a protective or paternal nature. That's the difference. Women, a lot of times think it makes the men feel more manly and try to respect their chivalrous nature. I hear it all the time with guys I hunt and fish with...'I'll do it, don't worry about it' even though they know I can and want to see it through to the end. It puts Women who want to do it in an awkward spot...We don't want to insult or hurt a mans feelings or ego by insisting to let us, but also don't want them to feel like they have double the work by us being there...if that makes sense.

    I'll ask you guys, Do You Want to do these things for women or Don't Really Want To, But think that You Should as a man?

    My father got me interested in metal detecting...He had some experience with it in the military and had even gone out to Utah, mining for Uranium. My parents bought me my first Radio Shack detector. My Mother would go with me during the summer days when I was young, she gets a kick out of it too. I love detecting...digging is part of it.

    My experiences Detecting alone though is that it does attract men... most are Very Nice... a few, not so much. I always carry a .380 when I go out anywhere. Some weird ones will approach sometimes... I've had men in boats come up to the bank where I'm Detecting at the lake, it does make a lone woman feel uneasy when they all get out. So,more often than not, if I'm going by myself, I take Rocco, pictured in my avatar. He's learned how to find paper money and is a great protector and deterrent as were my Rotties and Labs before him. A Bite or a Bullet. Problem Solved.

    I do take the youngsters in my life hunting, fishing and detecting... the 10-12 year old girls read this forum too, just like the boys do, unless there's kind of an age inappropriate topic or comments that are derogatory to women going on and then I wait for it to leave active topics before I let them read the forum.

    I Feel Very Blessed The Way I Was Raised.

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    If a woman expresses an interest in learning how to metal detect, then I will try to help. The same with a guy who asks for a few pointers.
    When I first moved from NYC to Port Allegheny, Pennsylvania last year,, my neighbor's wife showed a real interest, so I let her use my machine, and explained how it worked. She did really good on her first voyage. Four wheat pennies and a Silver Rosie.
    Her husband asked me to order her an XP DEUS and accessories.
    You either like it or you don't. I don't think being a woman has anything to do with how successful a treasure hunter you can become.
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    Lot of great stuff in your post, Kace. The thing is sometimes it is a matter of generation and culture.
    Some -lots maybe- were raised to treat wonen with great respect. This is not to say treat them as if they were weak, stupid or inferior. Women were mothers, wives, and sisters who had a certain role in the past. Just as men did. Men had more upper body strength and did the things which required brawn.
    My sisters could bait hooks, my mom could clean rabbits and squirrels, but they did not hunt.
    If a woman asked, or even a man, I would clean a fish bait a hook or whatever. I would not insist on doing such things for a woman. If she asked I would.
    It is true some men would feel like they should do it and that is often from their upbringing. Hard for people to shake how they were raised. Do you know wonen who feel they have somehow failed because they never bore children?
    I have a millenial(sp?) neice and her dad made sure she could maintain a car and repair one if need be.
    I have noticed something. These younger men too often treat women like dirt. And I've seen a girl's face when she is treated so. It isn't an insult to women,or men,to hold a door for them or offer assistance if needed.
    Oh well. Awesome post, Kace. Lots to ponder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbilly Prince View Post
    Lot of great stuff in your post, Kace. The thing is sometimes it is a matter of generation and culture.
    Some -lots maybe- were raised to treat wonen with great respect. This is not to say treat them as if they were weak, stupid or inferior. Women were mothers, wives, and sisters who had a certain role in the past. Just as men did. Men had more upper body strength and did the things which required brawn.
    My sisters could bait hooks, my mom could clean rabbits and squirrels, but they did not hunt.
    If a woman asked, or even a man, I would clean a fish bait a hook or whatever. I would not insist on doing such things for a woman. If she asked I would.
    It is true some men would feel like they should do it and that is often from their upbringing. Hard for people to shake how they were raised. Do you know wonen who feel they have somehow failed because they never bore children?
    I have a millenial(sp?) neice and her dad made sure she could maintain a car and repair one if need be.
    I have noticed something. These younger men too often treat women like dirt. And I've seen a girl's face when she is treated so. It isn't an insult to women,or men,to hold a door for them or offer assistance if needed.
    Oh well. Awesome post, Kace. Lots to ponder.
    HBP...You hit the nail on the head by saying a lot is generational or how people were raised.

    I do know a few women that feel 'less than' because they didn't give birth. Sad. Two I know couldn't have children due to their husbands having Mumps as children rendering them sterile. It was Never talked about and they just let folks assume it was them that couldn't bear children. Generational I Suppose. They protected their husbands though.

    A kind of funny story about generations... I was going Quail Hunting with my Dad, one of his best friends and his son who I had known my whole life, the son and I had even dated some later... anyway as I was walking out the door that morning my Mom says to me..'It wouldn't hurt you to miss a couple times'. I about fell over laughing and said what do you mean? She sheepishly says 'Well it might make Kyle feel bad if you do better than he does'.

    It's funny because even though they raised me to be the way they did...In her generation she would of never thought about doing better at something like that than my Dad or any man that was family or a friend. I said do you think Dan told Kyle to 'Miss a Couple'? She just laughed and said 'probably not'. It made me think though that Kyle had much more pressure on him in front of his Dad than I did mine.

    I'm glad that you would help a man or woman if they needed it and not make them feel bad for it.

    Kace

 

 
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