Is it just me… or does it seem that the use of the “thumbs up” in the Deaf Community tends to be more of a guy thing?
When I have watched various vlogs on the DeafRead list, it seems that the vlogs that have used the “thumbs up” at the end of the vlog have been created by men. I rarely if ever have seen a woman use this gesture in a vlog.
I’m not saying that women don’t use this sign…but I can’t help noticing that I don’t see women using it in their own vlogs. I’ve watched a few women vloggers – Amy Cohen Efron, Barb DiGi, Teri Sentelle, Ella Mae Lentz… and I don’t recall that I have seen any of them using the “thumbs up” sign.
Then I go to view the male vloggers – JohnABC, Toby Welch, David Martin at Kiss-Hand-ASL… and I’m seeing all three of these guys using the “thumbs up” sign (with either one or both hands). I’m sure they are not the only ones, either!
I’ve also seen videos where the past president of NAD (who is male) used the “thumbs up” sign, but I have yet to see our current NAD president (who is female) do so on any of her vlogs.
It’s not even just the Deaf vloggers – I have noticed that when I use Video Relay Services, that male interpreters will sometimes use the “thumbs up” sign – like when I give them the phone number to call or information about the call itself, they might respond with a “thumbs up” to show they understand and all is well… but I rarely have had a female interpreter use this gesture.
I’ve brought this up with some of my Deaf and Interpreter friends, and they all had to stop and think about it for a moment, but they agreed with me – it does seem the “thumbs up” sign is more commonly used by men than by women. Maybe women do use it, but it doesn’t seem to show up as often in vlogs or VRS or whatever.
Interestingly, this might not just be a Deaf thing either… when I went to Flickr to find a good photo that I could use with this post, I was amazed to see that there were far more pictures of men showing the “thumbs up” sign than there were women using it. Hmmm… maybe it is a guy thing!
Sooooo… I bring this to your attention, folks. Am I just imagining things here, or is there some truth to this? Does the “thumbs up” sign get used more by men than women, and more by male vloggers than female vloggers? I’m not saying that ALL male vloggers do use it, or that NO female vloggers do… but I think it is interesting to compare its use between the two genders.
What do you think?
sculpture of “The Thumb” found in Paris, France