For whatever reason, the hooping and Sacred Circularities community is majority female, so being here is a stark change from the daily life that most of us live, where men tend to dominate. The mood is different in a mostly female group. While I tend to be an outspoken person anyway, I find it much easier to speak my mind, contribute to a group and be myself when there are more women present.
On the other hand, gender balance is positive for group dynamics too. Diversity inspires creativity and the more different types of people there are in a group, the more possibilities there are for learning. The types of men who join the hooping community contribute to the communal environment.
I asked some of the women attending the third week of Sacred Circularities how they felt about being in a primarily female environment. One participant told me that she mostly doesn't notice it, but she probably would act differently if there were lots of males around. As a straight female she may want to show off if there was someone she wanted to impress in the room.
I asked a couple of male hoopers how they feel as a minority in the hooping community and at Sacred Circularities. One told me that he finds it fun to be the only male hooper in a group because it makes him unique. He said that a year ago there were even fewer male hoopers and he was more of an anomaly, but it's quickly becoming normal to have plenty of male hoopers in a space.
At Sacred Circularities he said that both male and female hoopers usually act gender neutral about hooping and make him feel comfortable, despite being in a minority. He shared a funny moment from Gail's class. When she instructed everyone to push forward from their pelvic floors he turned to another male hooper and asked if they have one of those.
Yes, they do.
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