Logomachist wrote: If women decide it's useless or stupid, they have an equal ability to veto it.
Convention is a powerful thing. Except for a word here and there, it's hard to unilaterally stop using a word you don't like if the rest of the world is already using it. Slurs and epithets are the easiest to stop using because those most likely to be offended wouldn't be expected to use it and when they do, they tend to co-op the word and change it, for example geek is a rather positive word when used amongst technologists, but not so much when used from one non-geek to another.
If I particularly like the word "cromulent" or particularly dislike it, I will have a hard time doing anything about it. Among Simpsons fans it's already a convention, outside of Simpsons fans, I might as well be making up a word from scratch.
Logomachist wrote:Re: the religion bit, that was interesting. It sounds like you're really part of a liberal sect. Mind if I ask what? I wonder if this is more prevalent among con langers than the general population. Has anyone done any polls?
jan Kipo has a blog out there somewhere about religion. jan Sonja and jan Pije are both unashamed liberals and on the left end of that spectrum at least by North American standards.
I suspect, but I have no data, that conlang's attract the audience the inventor says he wants. If a conlanger said, "I'm writing a language for chefs, that will allow people to communicate by assigning words to ingredients hence making meals into grammatical sentences" then some percent of the fan base will be chefs and gastronomists. People learn languages to talk to other people in a community, and generally its easier to talk to people who already are somewhat likeminded.