But today I look with specific focus. David Quinn has been vocal on women's rights of late. Take his Independent column. Take his numerous tweets. I'm going to take a risk and assume he hasn't declined any media opportunities on the subject. It's clear that it is dear to him.
How important are men's voices in this discussion? While I would not leap to claim common DNA with Quinn I will grudgingly admit that we at least share the trait of possessing Y chromosomes. We men count, naturally: every citizen has the right to partake in the conversations that shape this country, but I can't help but remind myself that I do not have Fallopian tubes. I will not miscarry. I cannot die of easily preventable complications of pregnancy. I will never have to plead for necessary treatment. My doctor will not fear for their freedom when they choose a treatment in my best interest, nor will I have to travel abroad to get it. These overwhelming differences incline me to think that if my opinions on the matter are not well received by women I would do well to have a long hard think.
With that in mind, cast your eye back to the Twitter word cloud. Recall it's based on the biographies (two sentence summaries) of each individual who chooses to follow Quinn. Look at the prominence of husband (50 instances), father (54), man (43) and priest (32). Note how small wife (23) is, fewer than half the number of self-described husbands. See the absence of mother (16 instances, too few to warrant inclusion), woman (7) and Sister (6). This made me curious to the gender breakdown of his followers.
So I checked.
On the left are the top dozen names. I was able to determine gender based on first name for 1,845 of his 2,730 followers, which I consider a fair sample size:
If you're female, and you follow @DavQuinn, I'd love to hear why in the comments below.