What's with all the dudes? (why the male fragrance discussion bias?)

    What's with all the dudes? (why the male fragrance discussion bias?)

    post #1 of 163
    Thread Starter 

    I've noticed that this site tends towards the gentleman perfumist(o)?

    As in 1.3 million posts on the male frag board, 350k on the female board. When someone on the newbie board asks about favorite frags, the responding lists are a bunch of colognes. The reviews for "female" perfumes INEVITABLY mention whether or not a man can pull it off. A discussion about the "best" reviewers prompted lists of mostly male contributors.

    What gives? Did basenotes start out as a male fragrance board? Are men THAT MUCH more into fragrance than women? Why are the women there such silent sniffers?

    post #2 of 163
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by YogaNerdMDView Post

    I've noticed that this site tends towards the gentleman perfumist(o)?

    As in 1.3 million posts on the male frag board, 350k on the female board. When someone on the newbie board asks about favorite frags, the responding lists are a bunch of colognes. The reviews for "female" perfumes INEVITABLY mention whether or not a man can pull it off. A discussion about the "best" reviewers prompted lists of mostly male contributors.

    What gives? Did basenotes start out as a male fragrance board? Are men THAT MUCH more into fragrance than women? Why are the women there such silent sniffers?

    The other major website Fragrantica is more feminine.

    I think most the women went there.

    post #3 of 163
    Thread Starter 

    Yah, I also notice how derisive many reviewers here are about Fragrantica reviews. So that's cool.

    Misogyny rules!

    post #4 of 163
    Thread Starter 

    By "feminine" do you mean "looks like its code was last updated in 2002"?

    ;)

    post #5 of 163
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by YogaNerdMDView Post

    Did basenotes start out as a male fragrance board?
    Primarily is my understanding..
    post #6 of 163
    I heard it started out as a male fragrance board.

    I joined BN because the topics generally are more indepth and the navigation of the forum was more to my liking. I also enjoy many unisex and masculine scents.

    You're partly right about women (on BN anyways) being more silent-sniffers. If you look, the trend in the male fragrance forum puts a lot of emphasis on what others think is a good fragrance or not. A lot of questions about what other's would like on them. I find the ladies mostly purchase what smells good to them. A similar thread about female versions of "panty-droppers" didn't fare as well as the one in the male forum.
    post #7 of 163

    Maybe sounds funny but you know, as much as I like men cologne(I guess.. seeing as how I wear it and collect to a extent)I actually could not name you one female fragrance that I like anymore than other. As a matter of fact I think most perfume smells pretty bad. I wouldnt mind if my gf used my cologne lol. I dunno if other dudes are the same. But just kinda a random hypocritcal almost perspective I have.

    post #8 of 163
    Thread Starter 
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by VintagePoisonView Post

    I joined BN because the topics generally are more indepth and the navigation of the forum was more to my liking. I also enjoy many unisex and masculine scents.

    This was my thought as well. I was snarky above, mostly because if Fragrantica is the representation of the female aficionada, its a bit depressing. Not to bust too much on F's chops, but I read a LOT of "I LOOOOOOOOVE this perfume!!!1! It smells like rainbows and ponies!!!" over there.

    post #9 of 163

    idk but I love it

    post #10 of 163
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by YogaNerdMDView Post

    Yah, I also notice how derisive many reviewers here are about Fragrantica reviews. So that's cool.

    Misogyny rules!

    truth be told i like fragrantica.

    i go to fragrantica for the reviews.

    and here for the forums

    post #11 of 163

    Basenotes did start out as a male fragrance board; the ladies forum was added later.

    post #12 of 163
    Thread Starter 
    Quote:
    truth be told i like fragrantica.

    Its helpful as an ancillary for me, I like the fact that it actually lists NOTES, for heaven's sake.Why on earth would a fragrance site fail to list them? (I think I remember they were on the old site, but damned if I can see them now....)

    But if it's thought of as the "feminine" site, I blush for my sex.

    post #13 of 163
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by noirdrakkarView Post

    truth be told i like fragrantica.

    i go to fragrantica for the reviews.

    and here for the forums

    I use fragrantica for their 'search by notes' function which is very helpful and their 'fragrance shelf' is a cool visual tool.
    post #14 of 163
    Thread Starter 
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by seekritdudeView Post

    I actually could not name you one female fragrance that I like anymore than other. As a matter of fact I think most perfume smells pretty bad. I wouldnt mind if my gf used my cologne lol. I dunno if other dudes are the same. But just kinda a random hypocritcal almost perspective I have.

    So funny (and indicative of how subjective olfaction is), I feel the same about cologne! Gawd, they all smell the same. And the ones I find myself liking make me a philistine (cough, Aventus, cough)

    Mr. Nerd HATED my choice in perfumes early on, but if it were up to him, everyone would smell like a Cinnabon! With time, he started associating my Chanels with me, and his tastes have significantly matured - when our hospital call schedules don't line up, he sprays one of my aldehyde bombs on his pillow! (blush)

    post #15 of 163
    Men will generally participate in online social forums moreso than women.
    post #16 of 163
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hedonist222View Post

    Men will generally participate in online social forums moreso than women.

    I wonder if this is true. I am a huge forum seeker. Whatever hobby I have, I am for sure on the discussion forums. Bass guitar, motorcycles, photography, fragrances, jewellery - rings, etc.
    post #17 of 163
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by VintagePoison

    7/9/13 at 3:18pm

    YogaNerdMD said:



    I've noticed that this site tends towards the gentleman perfumist(o)?

    As in 1.3 million posts on the male frag board, 350k on the female board. When someone on the newbie board asks about favorite frags, the responding lists are a bunch of colognes. The reviews for "female" perfumes INEVITABLY mention whether or not a man can pull it off. A discussion about the "best" reviewers prompted lists of mostly male contributors.

    What gives? Did basenotes start out as a male fragrance board? Are men THAT MUCH more into fragrance than women? Why are the women there such silent sniffers?

    7/9/13 at 3:21pm

    noirdrakkar said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by YogaNerdMDView Post

    I've noticed that this site tends towards the gentleman perfumist(o)?

    As in 1.3 million posts on the male frag board, 350k on the female board. When someone on the newbie board asks about favorite frags, the responding lists are a bunch of colognes. The reviews for "female" perfumes INEVITABLY mention whether or not a man can pull it off. A discussion about the "best" reviewers prompted lists of mostly male contributors.

    What gives? Did basenotes start out as a male fragrance board? Are men THAT MUCH more into fragrance than women? Why are the women there such silent sniffers?

    The other major website Fragrantica is more feminine.

    I think most the women went there.

    7/9/13 at 3:23pm

    YogaNerdMD said:



    Yah, I also notice how derisive many reviewers here are about Fragrantica reviews. So that's cool.

    Misogyny rules!

    7/9/13 at 3:24pm

    YogaNerdMD said:



    By "feminine" do you mean "looks like its code was last updated in 2002"?

    ;)

    7/9/13 at 3:30pm

    hednic said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by YogaNerdMDView Post

    Did basenotes start out as a male fragrance board?
    Primarily is my understanding..

    7/9/13 at 3:50pm

    VintagePoison said:



    I heard it started out as a male fragrance board.

    I joined BN because the topics generally are more indepth and the navigation of the forum was more to my liking. I also enjoy many unisex and masculine scents.

    You're partly right about women (on BN anyways) being more silent-sniffers. If you look, the trend in the male fragrance forum puts a lot of emphasis on what others think is a good fragrance or not. A lot of questions about what other's would like on them. I find the ladies mostly purchase what smells good to them. A similar thread about female versions of "panty-droppers" didn't fare as well as the one in the male forum.

    7/9/13 at 3:53pm

    seekritdude said:



    Maybe sounds funny but you know, as much as I like men cologne(I guess.. seeing as how I wear it and collect to a extent)I actually could not name you one female fragrance that I like anymore than other. As a matter of fact I think most perfume smells pretty bad. I wouldnt mind if my gf used my cologne lol. I dunno if other dudes are the same. But just kinda a random hypocritcal almost perspective I have.

    7/9/13 at 3:54pm

    YogaNerdMD said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by VintagePoisonView Post

    I joined BN because the topics generally are more indepth and the navigation of the forum was more to my liking. I also enjoy many unisex and masculine scents.

    This was my thought as well. I was snarky above, mostly because if Fragrantica is the representation of the female aficionada, its a bit depressing. Not to bust too much on F's chops, but I read a LOT of "I LOOOOOOOOVE this perfume!!!1! It smells like rainbows and ponies!!!" over there.

    7/9/13 at 3:59pm

    Tony T said:



    idk but I love it

    7/9/13 at 4:06pm

    noirdrakkar said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by YogaNerdMDView Post

    Yah, I also notice how derisive many reviewers here are about Fragrantica reviews. So that's cool.

    Misogyny rules!

    truth be told i like fragrantica.

    i go to fragrantica for the reviews.

    and here for the forums

    7/9/13 at 4:17pm

    30 Roses said:



    Basenotes did start out as a male fragrance board; the ladies forum was added later.

    7/9/13 at 4:18pm

    YogaNerdMD said:



    Quote:
    truth be told i like fragrantica.

    Its helpful as an ancillary for me, I like the fact that it actually lists NOTES, for heaven's sake.Why on earth would a fragrance site fail to list them? (I think I remember they were on the old site, but damned if I can see them now....)

    But if it's thought of as the "feminine" site, I blush for my sex.

    7/9/13 at 4:21pm

    VintagePoison said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by noirdrakkarView Post

    truth be told i like fragrantica.

    i go to fragrantica for the reviews.

    and here for the forums

    I use fragrantica for their 'search by notes' function which is very helpful and their 'fragrance shelf' is a cool visual tool.

    7/9/13 at 4:24pm

    YogaNerdMD said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by seekritdudeView Post

    I actually could not name you one female fragrance that I like anymore than other. As a matter of fact I think most perfume smells pretty bad. I wouldnt mind if my gf used my cologne lol. I dunno if other dudes are the same. But just kinda a random hypocritcal almost perspective I have.

    So funny (and indicative of how subjective olfaction is), I feel the same about cologne! Gawd, they all smell the same. And the ones I find myself liking make me a philistine (cough, Aventus, cough)

    Mr. Nerd HATED my choice in perfumes early on, but if it were up to him, everyone would smell like a Cinnabon! With time, he started associating my Chanels with me, and his tastes have significantly matured - when our hospital call schedules don't line up, he sprays one of my aldehyde bombs on his pillow! (blush)

    7/9/13 at 9:37pm

    hedonist222 said:



    Men will generally participate in online social forums moreso than women.

    7/9/13 at 10:53pm

    VintagePoison said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hedonist222View Post

    Men will generally participate in online social forums moreso than women.

    I wonder if this is true. I am a huge forum seeker. Whatever hobby I have, I am for sure on the discussion forums. Bass guitar, motorcycles, photography, fragrances, jewellery - rings, etc.

    7/9/13 at 11:13pm

    hedonist222 said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by VintagePoison





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