I was prompted to create the current poll by a Twitter discussion about this blogpost by Seeing the Lizards, and replies by Boak & Bailey. Pubs cover a wide spectrum of clientele, and you always run the risk that, if you venture into somewhere outside your comfort zone, you will be made to feel, by verbal or visual cues, that you are not welcome.
I can recall a handful of occasions when I was a speccy, geeky 20-something where I was barracked or made fun of in pubs. Generally I just kept quiet, drank my pint and left. Now I’m a speccy, geeky 50-something nobody seems too bothered – I just blur into the generality of older male pub customers.
I did toy with splitting the poll into separate male and female sections, but decided that would point towards a particular agenda, which wasn’t my intention.
Let me make it clear I don’t remotely condone threatening or insulting behaviour in pubs, but the point needs to be made that what comes across as offensive to one person may simply be robust banter to another. A pub where no customer ever made a jokey remark to another customer they didn’t know would be a very dull pub indeed.