Why are so many Geula-bloggers women?
Why are so many geula-bloggers women?
One might have thought to say that the opposite would be true - more men have been exposed to the statements of Haza"l that talk about the Geula. True, more women have been exposed to the Nevi'im that talk about it, but do most women learn those Pesukim from Navi in schools? I don't know, but I tend to doubt it.
This is not to say that there are no male geula-bloggers. There are many of us too, including yours-truly. However, it seems to me that the majority of posts of a geula-nature are authored by women. Why is this?
I think I have an answer both from a secular perspective and a spiritual one.
From a secular perspective, there is something called a "normalcy bias", which is, to quote wikipedia:
an extreme mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects.
The normalcy bias also causes people to drastically underestimate the effects of the disaster. Therefore, they think that everything will be all right, while information from the radio, television, or neighbors gives them reason to believe there is a risk. This creates a cognitive dissonance that they then must work to eliminate. Some manage to eliminate it by refusing to believe new warnings coming in and refusing to evacuate (maintaining the normalcy bias), while others eliminate the dissonance by escaping the danger.
Now, one website I found talks about gender differences in disaster evacuation:
As noted earlier, evacuation behavior has long been recognized as the reflection of social-level factors and collective deliberation. Decades ago, Drabek (1983) established that households constitute the basic deliberative units for evacuation decision making in community-wide disasters and that the decisions that are ultimately made tend to be consistent with pre-disaster household authority patterns. For example, gender-related concerns often enter into evacuation decision making. Women tend to be more risk-averse and more inclined to want to follow evacuation orders, while males are less inclined to do so (for an extensive discussion of gender differences in vulnerability, risk perception, and responses to disasters, see Fothergill, 1998).
In other words, women seem to have less of a normalcy bias than men do. They see the world changing around them better than men do, and therefore, respond to those changes in a more prudent fashion. (If you'll notice, with some exceptions, the majority of geula-related posts from female geula-bloggers has to do with how and why the world is changing. Male geula-bloggers seem to focus more on how to interpret texts in our changing world. While us guys at times get caught up in these intricacies, the women are simply saying, "מה תצעק אלי דבר אל בני ישראל ויסעו".)
On the spiritual side, one need look no further than this week's Perasha, which says:
Rashi on this verse says:וַתִּקַּח מִרְיָם הַנְּבִיאָה אֲחוֹת אַהֲרֹן, אֶת-הַתֹּף--בְּיָדָהּ; וַתֵּצֶאןָ כָל-הַנָּשִׁים אַחֲרֶיהָ, בְּתֻפִּים וּבִמְחֹלֹתAnd Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.
As Haza"l say: