civicness in the u.s. by sex

curt suggested that the apparent east-west divide in civicness in the u.s. has something to do with gender, i.e. more “selfish” techie guys on the west coast, more social chicks on the east coast. maybe. i’m digging around in the world values survey to see if i can find out.

first — civicness in the u.s. by sex. data taken from the 1995 and 2006 waves, the two years that americans were asked, “are you or are you not an active member of such-and-such a voluntary organization?” — or words to that effect (you can check out the exact questions on the world values survey site).

turns out, women are slightly more likely than the u.s. average to be active members of voluntary associations, while american men are slightly less likely than average to be so:

men score above average in being active members of: sports/recreation groups, political parties, professional organizations and labor unions.

women score above average in being active members of: well, put it this way — there are a LOT of church ladies! women are also above average in being active members of charities/humanitarian organizations, art/music/educational groups and environmental groups.

in the previous post on civicness in the u.s. by region, i only looked at the data from 1999. since then, i’ve discovered that the 2006 data is available by region, so i’m gonna go back and look at civicness by region in the u.s. again and look at the 1999 and 2006 waves together. the more data the better, right? then i’ll take a look at any differences between the genders between the different regions.

previously: civic societies and civic societies ii and civicness in the u.s. (by region) and civicness in the u.s. by race

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  1. > i.e. more “selfish” techie guys on the west coast, more social chicks on the east coast.

    Lol, poor assessment. Men make more money while women spend more money.

    Therefore men seem to be more generous/selfless while women use more of the global resources on themselves. Note: your less charitable if you give 5 while taking 20 than if you give 4 but only take 10…

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  2. @yoda – “Lol, poor assessment. Men make more money while women spend more money. Therefore men seem to be more generous/selfless while women use more of the global resources on themselves.”

    the only thing, though, is that we’re not talking here about monetary donations but, rather, actions and behaviors — i.e. active membership in various voluntary associations.

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  3. > we’re not talking here about monetary donations

    Ultimately, we are in fact talking about resources. That’s what you get from work. Women use more resources for non essential stuff (a shoping mall), which leaves less for other people’s essential stuff, along with using more resources in their own health/essential stuff (breast cancer).

    To call them the more giving gender is blatantly false. The misnomer is essentially in saying that men ‘work’ while women ‘volunteer’, even though in total men end up getting less return for themselves from the work they do.

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  4. @yoda – “To call them the more giving gender is blatantly false.”

    well, nobody’s done that here so you’re bringing up a non-issue. it’s interesting, but not really relevant to this discussion.

    what i’ve been trying to get at in a series of posts (see links after “previously” in the post above) is the “civicness” of various populations — which peoples work together more in voluntary associations vs. which ones don’t. when i posted something about the u.s., curt suggested the east/west divide might be a female/male divide. thus this post.

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  5. @yoda – “The post wasn’t really about gender.”

    (^_^) yes, the post was obviously about gender — the genders anyway. i just wasn’t trying to make an argument that women are more giving or something like that — or vice versa for that matter. just wondered which sex was more civic. not a big difference totally really.

    i thought the differences in the types of groups that the two sexes join was quite interesting, tho. men more active in sports, of course, but also some very civic areas like political parties. also things related to making money: professional organizations and labor unions.

    women: big into church organizations and charities — reflecting the more social nature of women on the whole. also more flakey things like the arts and environmental groups.

    none of it a big surprise really.

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