Dueling Fools

Dueling Fools
April 14, 1999

Gender-Specific Investing

I am investor, hear me roar! You've seen the gender-specific financial titles at the bookstore. You've noted the gender-specific message boards in Fooldom and elsewhere. Are they sexist and redundant? Or are they necessary tools to avoid gender alienation in the stock market?

This week Selena Maranjian (TMF Selena) and Yi-Hsin Chang (TMF Puck) are Dueling Fools. Selena is in favor of the sex-specific offerings, while Yi-Hsin finds it all too condescending.

May the best Fool win!

And don't miss this week's Duel Flashback, where we stick a soup spoon back into our Campbell Soup (NYSE: CPB) Duel to see whose argument proved to be the chunkiest meal.

You Get to Vote!

Once you've read the arguments and the rebuttals, it's your time to cast your vote. We'll tabulate results each week and revisit them from time to time to see whether you were right! As always, we invite you to join us in the Dueling Fools Message board to continue the duel.

[Any suggestions, comments, praise, or flames, please send them along to the Dueling Fools Team.]

The Bull...
Is there a case to be made for gender-specific investing guides and forums? I think so, and I hope to make that case. I might seem to be undermining my own argument at the outset, though. I offer up not only the first Virginia Woolf quotation that supports a little separation, but also the second one, which endorses collaboration. That's because I don't think there's a single simple solution -- total unity or total separation. I think instead that a little of both is the best way to go.
The Bear...
As a woman, I can't think of a book I'd rather read LESS than one titled It Takes Money, Honey; Prince Charming Isn't Coming; A Girl Needs Cash; or The Courage to Be Rich -- don't laugh, believe it or not, these are the titles of real, published works. Not only is the tone of such books condescending toward women, they misleadingly suggest that investing and personal finance are different for men than they are for women, which is utterly false.

Results for last week's Kodak Duel

Answer Percentage
I can't make up my mind


TMF Parlay's Bull argument


TMF MAx's Bear argument


They were both excellent


They were both lame