Watch this space.., this space, where I've asked the BBC's iPM to look into the gender gap in political blogging and why women's blogging events are relegated to the fashion pages of the New York times.

The original NYT article is here, and ensuing furore can be found here, here, here and here.


Jennie said...
31 Jul 2008, 20:22:00

* watches avidly *

The Poet Laura-eate said...
1 Aug 2008, 09:49:00

And I thought one of the joys of blogging was that it was a completely level egalitarian playing field!

But there's also the question of making ones' blog appealing to both genders and I do see one heck of a lot of pink girly-blogs or massively self-indulgent feminine blogs with little on them to interest a visiting male. Male blogs on the other hand, unless hugely techie or sports-orientated, do tend to appeal to more than male readers.

This might be a part-explanation of why its not as level a playing field as it ought to be anyway.

Jo Christie-Smith said...
1 Aug 2008, 10:23:00

That's an interesting point, poet laura-eate, but is it a casue of a sympton.

It's the same problem with fiction written by women..women read both male and female authors whilst men read only male authors.

If a blog is blogging about barbie dolls or something like that then sure, it's not going to attract a great masculine following (and I'm changing from sex to gender here quite specifically).

But I don't buy that me posting about domestic violence or about diversity shoudln't be of interest to men. After all I manage to red a lot of things that are about men and still manage to find them interesting.

Plus, don't get fooled that the stuff that men like to write about is always gender neutral. Too often we mistake the male experience of life for the human experience of life. It is only a part of the human experience of life.

Jo Christie-Smith said...
1 Aug 2008, 10:24:00

I do apologise about that first sentence of mine...I meant to say:

but is it a cause or a symptom?

Jennie said...
1 Aug 2008, 11:07:00

The problem is that a lot of men consider domestic violence and gender diversity "women's issues", Jo. Which is daft, really.

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