Updates: Apparently I've missed the boat and indeed chat rooms are a more open concept than the standard Q&A forum style.
Initially I've had a tough time transitioning my mindset away from the disciplined "programming related" motto that is religiously applied within the main forums. It will take a while for me to get used to the StackOverflow logo being associated with a more relaxed style. Loving the chat rooms though.
Further Update: This standard Third Place definition provided by Aarobot helped to clear up the intention of the new chat area for me. This was the missing piece in my puzzle: The chat area has always been referred to as "Third Place" for this reason. Excellent.
While wandering around the new chat feature I happened upon the Female Developers room. In this case does it make sense to organize chats rooms by gender or by grouping people in various ways? I can foresee, for example, various groups of people creating rooms to hang out in instead of necessarily having programming related content.
Maybe, in the above example, I'm misunderstanding the room name and there's actually a programming language called Female! ;)
While I understand there are issues specific to females in the workplace, is it considered programming related; should it be? Asked another way, from a programming perspective does being female matter?
Currently there is no description of what the room is about. Maybe they just haven't built it up yet.