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Still Jeff

11th of May 2000

     It has come to my attention that several of the ladies out there have been inquiring about participation in the Internet Brothers Community. Webster's collegiate dictionary defines brothers as "males" who have the same parents as another, but it also describes brothers as those related by common ties or interests.

     My sibling Dave and I founded Internet Brothers in 1997. By all accounts and definitions we qualify for this community — if for no other reason than we da mans. The others appearing in our contributors section — currently Joe, Ron, and Wally with many more on the way — certainly share the same interests and spirits that we do. I'm sure many of our "sisters" of the Net do as well.

     When visualizing this community I looked to create an interaction that represented the terms in its title. Internet Brothers — like-minded individuals who share a love of the independent, non-commercial Internet. Is it a boys club? Maybe. Is it exclusionary? Absolutely not.

     Some women seem to want everything their brethren have. The all-male bastions of the past have crumbled one by one throughout the 20th century. Whether it be suffrage, professions, military schools, or country clubs; most of the gender segregation of the past was rightfully judged to be contrary to constitutional equal rights. Women mostly got what they want. But did they really want it, or did they just want to prove they could get it? That's up to them to tell us.

     The Internet has many all-girl organizations, clubs, and other membership only communities. My good friends the Digital Divas come immediately to mind, but there are GirlGeeks, NerdGirls and many others. Are their Net brethren clamoring to get in? I personally don't know.

     Internet Brothers isn't a membership. I mean for it to be inclusive. It is a community for expressing ideas and nurturing conversations, mostly about Web and Net, but not limited to that. These forums are for anyone and everyone. But, you may ask, how do I get on the community contributors wall?

     That one is easy. Just submit high-quality, creative and inspiring content for feature. If you gals really want your cute pink faces right up there beside the scraggly scruffy ones, that's fine with me. What do the guys think? Should Internet Brothers accept feature content from the tender gender, or leave this only for those who can pee through a hole in the wall?

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