As I stated earlier in the day, I was planning on covering this chapter along with chapter 11. This chapter is quite different, but equally as intriguing. As a man, this article holds the capability to rub me the wrong way but I must try to stay focused on the material provided. I really wish the article would have a female and male perspective on the issue. That would hopefully ensure objectivity. Melissa Gregg is our author this time around and she has a very bleak view of female blogging and the reputation it brings. I did not realize blogging had a “gender issue,” but I sure do now. I always thought, as Gregg herself points out, that the blogosphere was a place to escape from racial, sexist, and sexual orientation scrutiny. Yes, there may be someone who dislikes your blog and responds in a distasteful manner, but you always have the choice to ignore and disapprove any comment on your blog. You are master and creator of your domain.
Gregg makes some great points throughout and those mostly deal with unity. Male and female can work together to make great things. Females can also create, write, and blog about a trillion topics and make it all worthwhile. If my mother blogs about “pets, hobbies and other domestic concerns” why is that a bad thing? There are going to be women who blog about those topics, just as there are men who focus on football, beer, and chewing tobacco. Those sites serve a specific purpose, just as the ones with kittens and knitting do.
Gregg has been apart of consistent debate about gender differences in blogging. Her statistics state that blog demographics between men and women are even. Makes sense. But,
The content of women’s blogs is perceived by some to be less noteworthy than men’s by virtue of their often domestic and personal sphere of reference, whereas men’s blogs are often seen to be more engaged in political debate.
Political debate bores me to tears, it is worth being stated. I would rather read a woman’s wonderfully descriptive and colorful blog on gardening. That is the truth. Manly things do not always interest your typical man. I like kittens too. You don’t think I would love to learn how to knit? Don’t fool yourself.
Gregg talks about feminist bloggers have taken on the role of promoting and highlighting women’s issues as they appear onine and in the blog world. This is amazing. While women outnumber men, men do dominate much of society. It is a sad fact. It is good that there is support online for women who need it. These feminists are described as American, white and college-educated. So, the majority. They exemplify key debates, in particular legal matters. Gregg brings up a good point:
Where do non-U.S. women gain recognition for their quite different and culturally specific concerns in the blogosphere?
By the way, here is a link to Gregg’s article. Everyone obviously has access to it, but there countless links on the page to her examples, other material, and feminist blogs.
In the article Gregg also talks about how the homosexual community, for example, has found solace in the blogosphere. She talks about “Zach” who found encouragement from the homosexual community on his journey through everyday life and a parent mandated Christian camp. We have all heard this story, or stories similar. This is where the blogosphere can play a crucial role where role models for “non-normative behavior are few.”
She finishes the chapter on a high note where she talks about the creation of Blogger, Six Apart, LiveJournal, and Flickr. They were all created by a man AND a women. She knows better than most, this is not new. Women are equally as smart, innovative, technologically sound, and creative as men. Believe me, I know. My girlfriend is better than me in every way known to human brain.
I think sometimes we get caught up in the “teenage girls keeping a diary” outlook on female blogging and forget that there are just as many worthy blogs for the 30+ crowd from women.
There are a few sentences I am not keen of. One that points out:
Women simply have less time to blog because of the unequal distribution of labor between genders.
Whoa now. Would you like to rephrase that? There is no point in attempting understand the balance of labor between sexes. She overgeneralizes things way out of proportion here with this statement. She is referring to stay-at-home mothers of course, but I believe it to be unnecessary in the grand scheme of things.
This was a thought provoking article with a lot of uncertainties, but still a lot of information about an issue I did not know that existed. This post in response to the an article about blogging gender issues comes from someone who believes we are equal. Here are 100 gender studies blogs if you are interested.