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🐻 The man vs. bear debate

Would you rather be alone in the woods with a bear or a man?

Hi Pchy people,

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In total transparency, we’ve been questioning if we are on the right track.

Did you know that according to recent data, 90% of tech startups fail?

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  • Startups in the technology industry have the highest failure rate in the United States.

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  • Since the founding stage, new businesses led by women are more likely to fail than those led by men.

  • Women accounted for just 13.2% of all startup founders in 2023.

And the “why” you might ask?

  • Women received only 2.1% of the total capital invested in venture-backed startups in the U.S.

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  • Bear vs. Man debate 🐻

  • More women are camping solo ⛺️

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This debate went viral on the internet 🐻

It's a question taking over social media, and women everywhere are united in their answers. Men, however, seem perplexed or even upset by the choice. Which, just kind of points to why women are choosing the bear lol.

Let's dive in.

The Bear vs. Man Question:

Imagine yourself alone and unarmed in the woods. Would you rather encounter a bear or a man?

That’s the question that went viral on TikTok. (The exact location of where the trend started is debatable but some are crediting Screenshot HQ for the original conversation).

And if you're like most women, your answer is clear—choose the bear! Nearly every woman we know and every woman who has chimed in on the conversation prefers facing the bear.

Why Women Choose the Bear:

A strange man in the middle of a lonely expanse of woods is undeniably terrifying. The truth is, that we are taught from a young age to be cautious around unknown men due to the potential threat they pose. Women are told to stay in groups, avoid walking alone at night, and keep pepper spray handy—this ingrained fear is rooted in the reality that men harm women every day.

Sure, a bear attack is scary, but it feels far less likely than the dangers a man might pose. It's a sad reality that many men just don't understand how seriously women take these threats.

The Disconnect:

This trend is exposing the vast chasm between men's and women's lived experiences. Many men are shocked or offended by the overwhelming choice of the bear, yet women see it as a no-brainer. The outcry from men is a stark reminder of how far we still have to go to bridge the gap in understanding.

And some comments from the internet

So, What's the Takeaway?

Ask your friends this question and see what they think. It's a conversation starter that highlights just how differently men and women navigate the world. And let's be real, the fact that so many men think we should choose the man over the bear is a clear indication of how much work we still have to do in raising awareness and building a safer world for everyone.

Which are you choosing?

More women are camping solo ⛺️

Speaking of being alone in the woods…

According to The Dyrt's 2023 Camping Report, the number of people camping alone has grown by 28 percent from 2021 to 2022.

It's the perfect time to reconnect with nature and yourself, and maybe even make some new friends along the way. Imagine sitting in the woods, surrounded by the peaceful sounds of nature—it doesn't get much better than that!

The report also revealed that avid campers, defined as those who camped 11 or more times in 2022, were 36.1 percent more likely to camp alone. Not only that, but LGBTQ+ campers were 51 percent more likely to have camped alone at least once in 2022. It seems like more and more folks are discovering the joys of solo camping!

As always, we encourage everyone to take safety precautions when camping alone, especially for the first time. Let someone know where you're going, make sure you've got all the necessary supplies, and maybe do a dry run close to home to get comfortable with your gear.

With The Dyrt's PRO Maps features, including cell service, free camping, and water stations, you can enjoy your solo trips with peace of mind.

We're all about embracing quiet time and escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life. So if you're thinking about going solo camping, remember to stay safe and enjoy every moment of your adventure!

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