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You're name says it all.
Anyhow, chief, I was a software engineer about 10 years ago, working with Perl when Php was in it's infancy. Now I live in a "tech" city, and am pretty hard-pressed to find anything where Perl is the primary language used for development. Most of it are legacy systems.
The bulk of employers want php right now..at least in my market. I love Perl and would like to see more jobs available in my market.
So, yeah, I am right. Image is a lot of things in this world. I don't like that, but it's true. So, don't shoot the messenger.
Also, I don't know what the ratio of perl programmers to perlmonk users actually is, but this domain has been around for at least 10 years or so. It's referenced all over the place, and is on the 1st page of a Google search for 'perl', so I don't know what the heck you're talking about.
This site, in part, represents the perl community, just by association.
Like if I queried 'ahole' on Google, and your face came up, then, even though you're not an ahole, everyone would probably think you were. Get it?