I’m super curious on everyone’s take on the above title.
I read an Instagram caption this morning that was speaking about sexism and racism in climbing and mentioned that, in her opinion, the climbing community is a microcosm of the world community.
It got me thinking.
Not about the racism and sexism comment…that, I believe we can agree on, exist.
The part I don’t agree with is the climbing community being a representation of the greater national or international community. Hear me out, and I’d love to know other people’s opinions.
To define the climbing community, I’d like to be specific, i.e. folks who have committed to climbing as at least a semi permanent fixture in their lives. The individual who goes to the gym once might not yet be a representative sample for this discussion.
The parallel example I keep coming back to is calling NASCAR followers a representative sample of the greater population. I don’t think we can accurately state this.
To some extent, I believe many if not the majority of extracurricular activities (or careers, for that matter), self select certain personalities and belief structures.
So here would be a great sociology experiment. What if there were five questions created—with topics ranging from civil rights, women’s rights, public lands, personal responsibilities (diet, exercise, etc), etc.
If we were to look at major metropolitan areas and poll 50 climbing gym members (let’s say we’d use all the BKB locations) and then plop a pin down in some random part of that city and poll 50 people who were in the vicinity of that pin, I believe we’d find quite a difference in answers between the climbing gym members and the representative sample in that city.
Again, I’m just curious here about populations of people who partake in climbing and how/if they differ from the “world population”.
I don’t have the answers, but want to learn from the hive mind in this forum.
And ps my degree is in biology and not psychology or sociology, so I don’t really know how to get representative data on populations like this!